It all started with a picture. Reporter Ellis Reed snaps a photo of two children sitting outside their home with a sign "2 children for sale." This photo drives home the dramatic choices some families faced in 1931. Lillian Palmer, secretary, sees the photo in the darkroom and it speaks to her so she insures that it reaches the publication desk. What follows draws both Ellis and Lillian into a complex situation that has far reaching implications for both of them and a host of others.
I absolutely did not want to put this book down. The plot moves along quickly and has some unforeseen turns along the way. The author does such a tremendous job of making the characters leap from the pages and draws you into the locations and timeframes. I appreciated all the research and historical details that the author included. The note at the end of the book providing additional information about the inspiration behind the story put everything into perspective.
This book is a must read for any historical fiction fan and would make an excellent book club selection. Five star read for me.
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