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Little Mercies

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Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity; the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends’ couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen’s and Jenny’s lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

Ellen Moore is a mother of three and has to deal with children from the hardest situations. But when Ellen is in a rush to help some children, she accidentally leaves her infant daughter in the hot car. Avery suffers from severe heat stroke and it looks like Ellen may loose custody of her other children too. Ellen is frustrated to be in the same place that many parents are in when she has to take their kids away.

Ten year old Jenny has been living with her father after her mother left them. But her father can barely take care of himself let alone a child. Jenny has been a victim of neglect, abuse, a runaway mother, and an alcoholic father. When she goes to get on the bus with her father to visit her unknown grandmother, she is thrown into another unknown area when her father is arrested and she continues on the bus alone.

The best person in this story is Maudene. She is Ellen’s mother and the strength Ellen needs to get through the fight for her kids. She is also the one that takes Jenny in and tried to give her a normal life. Maudene is a great character and a wonderful role model.

I really liked this story. It gives you more to think about when it comes to social workers and some of the situations that parents find themselves in. It is also heart breaking following Jenny and what she has gone through with her short life.

This is a great story with highs and lows. I think most people will like this book. I will be checking out other books by Heather Gudenkauf.

For more information on Little Mercies or to purchase the book check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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