Morning rush was nothing new for dedicated social worker Ellen Moore Adam her husband and their three children all went in different directions most days so leaving Adam at home with the children while she rushed off to work knowing she was going to be late yet again was normal But Ellen had a phone call from the young daughter of a client and her immediate response was to change directions and head for the house hoping desperately that she wasn t too lateThe heat was blistering the air heavy and relentless but Ellen and the police did their best under bad circumstances It was only the disturbance behind them the smashing and yelling of frantic voices which alerted Ellen to a problem And her life changed and shattered in that instant Jenny Briard was ten years old and her love for her irresponsible father was real But when they were separated and Jenny was on her own in a bus heading away from him she wasn t sure what to do Older than her years through necessity she was usually smart nough to keep herself safe and hidden when she ncountered the kindness of a waitress it meant verything to Jenny but could she trust her Little Mercies is another brilliant psychological thriller by Heather Gudenkauf very book I ve read by this author has been to the same standard high Gripping and intense the plot is one that sadly could and has happened on many occasions The motional tension the heartache the guilt and trauma it s all there I have no hesitation in recommending Little Mercies highly Ellen Moore is a seasoned social worker for the Department of Human Services who has had to make many tough unpopular calls regarding the children she oversees When she finds herself on the other side following tragic circumstances Ellen has the opportunity to Buried experience the impact of some of her past decisions Meanwhile 10 year old Jenny Briard suddenly finds herself alone in a strange city after being separated from her father Her world collides with Ellen s and Jenny cannot believe her fortune as a social worker is the last person she wants in her life The story takes a hard turnarly on and I got hooked I could feel Ellen s pain and agony Jenny s fear and trepidation It was heart wrenching at times frustrating at others when confronted with the bureaucracies of the system The alternating points of view really worked for me as I knew they d ultimately intersect but didn t know when or how I liked the writing style sparse for pace but detailed when outlining the characters and conveying the motions of the moment This is my first book by the author and I ll be looking for of her titles As someone who holds a Bachelors in Social Work and is currently working on a Masters I was VERY xcited to read Little Mercies I was pumped to read a book about a Social Worker a self proclaimed advocate for children I was xtremely disappointed I should start by saying that I ve read one of Gudenkauf s other books and I was less than impressed I remember little about the book other than the fact that I didn t like it So when I realized who had written Little Mercies I was already in the car on a roadtrip with nothing lse to read That being said I wanted to give the book a shot I read it in one shot in the car which is lucky because if I had come home I probably would have just put it down This book paints social workers in a VERY negative light The main character had little to no good things to say about her job instead focusing on the horrible horrible things she had seen I was waiting for the book to go into anything to show that this person felt she made a difference but it never did Not only did I find the book unbelievable but there was no mention or nod to the Social Work Code of Ethics I would think if you were researching for a book about Social Workers that you would stop at the Code first It s ssential to know and understand this code before one works And frankly the character was a chatter about her clients Social Workers do not speak about one client with another and this one did Not only that but the characters were underdeveloped and secondary characters were used and then tossed into the wind The cop who had feelings for the main character Who knows what happens to him He was just there to get her out of jail uicker Her mom Only useful in regards to the little girl when she wasn t being interrogated by her daughter The main character I justcan t This sounds horrible and I can t believe I m actually writing it down but I wished about halfway through that it was a Jodi Picoult book Picoult would have fleshed the characters out she would have done research in regards to SW She never would just thrown that nding out Not only that but the nding was simply too asy and unbelievable Drama for drama s sake and THEN the child Jenny had a nice clean nding No Absolutely notI m not saying Social Workers are perfect or above others I m not saying Social Workers do not see their share of HORRIBLE things that make them uestion the world around them I m saying that Gudenkauf took what she wanted from Social Workers which she had very write to do as her story deemed fit and it was ABSOLUTELY NOT a full picture of the professio. Et 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 anotherA powerful and motionally 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 togeth.
Hope with the little mercies the small kindnesses and good from the terrible Little Mercies makes for a great group read and there is a few things to think about and discuss I highly recommend it The Hook You never know what one might pick up when the power goes out I was in the middle of a digital book when bam out when the lights I started looking at the at least one hundred if not unread books on my physical book shelves and somehow chose Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf I think it was Publisher s Weekly s blurp and their starred review that hooked me A tale so chillingly real it could have come from the latest headlines The Line Jenny also wanted to tell her father but wasn t uite sure how to put it into words that the very worst kind of hurt was the kind that wasn t there yet but you knew was slowing creeping toward you The Sinker What happens when a social worker who handles cases of neglect and abuse of children finds herself arrested for child ndangerment of her infant daughter Why It is a case that could well truly has its reality in our world Certainly not a happy story for a day of severed storms shadowed by Covid 19 but a compelling one just the same If truth be told I liked it but thought the rap up was a bit rushed and a little too pat 4 stars I really liked this novel This is the first book I have read by Heather Gudenkauf and I thoroughly A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, enjoyed her writing style The story is told from two perspectives children s advocatesocial worker mother of three Ellen and ten year old Jenny Both characters perspectives wereually interesting to me I was drawn into their lives right from the start It was an intense highly The Shadow Reader emotional story that pulled at my heartstrings I was ondge while reading Ellen s story my mouth hanging open in shock as I felt I personally witnessed the tragedy that happened to her I felt so involved in the story that I wanted to jump into her life and somehow save the horrific situationJenny was a ten year old girl abandoned by her mother at an Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies early age and left under the care of her alcoholic neglectful father My heart broke for her many times as she lived through things that no one shouldver have to ndure One of the main themes in this novel is the struggle that women and men have creating a worklife balance The terrible tragedy that occurred in this book was a direct result of a mother being pulled in too many directions putting the majority of her focus on work and losing focus on her family Reading this novel made me reflect on my own life and feel thankful for my current situation I am so grateful and happy with my decision to give up my career and be a stay at home mom It wasn t an asy decision but one that I am thankful I made I know many people might not agree with this or may be offended by it but it s just my opinion and I certainly don t think negatively of mothers who keep their careers while parenting young children Some mothers and fathers don t have a choice so I feel very fortunate and appreciative that my situation allows me to stay at home with my children For a lot of women and men I think it is challenging to juggle a high pressure career and parenthood It is next to impossible to give 100% of yourself to your job while at the same time giving 100% to your family one or the other usually suffers as this book shows in detail I admire the people who seem to truly pull it off it s not an The Power Of A Choice easy feat Another theme in this book is the strength of the motherchild bond This was also one of the main themes in the novel The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle which I recently read It is proven that a child is willing tondlessly forgive neglectful and abusive situations imposed on them by their mother if it means they can stay with them The love that a child has for their mother is irrepressible they will continuously xcuse and protect their mother I am baffled and fascinated by this notion that children will choose to remain in a harmful situation if it means they can stay with their mother such power a mother holds These abused innocent children can come up with ndless xcuses to justify the neglectful behaviours and constantly hope their mother will change for the better It s simply heartbreakingThe writing of this story was 5 stars for me I will definitely be reading of Gudenkauf s books What prompted me to drop one star was some of Ellen s choices toward the nd of the novel as well as some convenient situations that occurred at the The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right end The terrible tragedy that Ellenndured at the start of the book was due to making the mistake of putting too much focus on work instead of family Yet toward the Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling end of the novel she once again chooses work over family when she decides to skip the important meeting with her lawyer to instead help a neglected child While I commend her on hermpathy for this child she is once again putting her own family at risk did she not learn anything from her huge mistake I was very upset and frustrated with her and I lost some sympathy for her at that point The Monsieur Pain ending also had a couple very convenient situations which took away from this being a 5 star read Overall Injoyed this book and would recommend it The arly. Ar and trapping her between the gears of the system she works forMeanwhile 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 stre.
Ohio resident Ellen Moore is a loving wife good mother and dedicated social worker In the course of her job Ellen has dealt with dysfunctional families removed children from abusiveneglectful homes and sometimes brought parents and children back together Nevertheless the system sometimes failed and Ellen is haunted by cases where children suffered terrible deaths Then one morning the unthinkable occurs Ellen and her husband Adam running late and harried fail to communicate As a result Ellen inadvertently leaves her baby daughter Avery in a steaming car This type of accident could literally happen to almost anybody but in the yes of the law and the public Ellen is instantly dubbed a criminally neglectful parent A parallel story line involves ten year old Jenny who was deserted by her mother years ago and now lives with her alcoholic petty thief father who can t keep a job Jenny s dad plans to move them from Nebraska to Iowa for new mployment but gets arrested at the bus station resulting in Jenny making the trip alone As fate would have it Jenny nds up in the Iowa town where Ellen lives The book alternates between two narrators Jenny and Ellen Jenny is a brave and savvy ten year old and manages well during her bus trip a solo meal in a pancake restaurant and a detour to look for a relative Luckily Jenny meets a kindly waitress named Maudene who takes her in and helps her Meanwhile Ellen is in a state of high anxiety in danger of losing her family and her job Though Ellen s plight does licit sympathy I found myself getting annoyed with her constant complaints about her situation As the story proceeds Jenny s and Ellen s parallel story lines merge resulting in a learning xperience for Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. everyone In thend this is a book about families how parents and children affect Patrick the Wolf Boy, Volume 1 each other s lives I found the premise of the book a social worker accused of mistreating a child intriguing and I was interested to follow Ellen sxperiences with family friends and the law Jenny s tale was also compelling but less believable At very step it seemed like Jenny had a fairy godmother looking out for her which felt unrealistic Still the book tackles a sensitive subject in a sympathetic fashion and is worth readingYou can follow my reviews at Working as a social worker Ellen Moore has xperienced than her fair share of child abuse cases And being a wife and mother herself Ellen notices that most days she is Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, exhausted not only physically but also mentally On a stifling hot summers day Ellen is distracted and what happens next will turn her life upside downEllen is trying to deal with her own problems when her path crosses with ten year old Jenny Briard Jenny has been living rough with her father since her mother left them Her father has no sense of responsibility what s sover and they find themselves sleeping in various friends houses or cheap accommodation But then one day Jenny finds she is totally on her own with nowhere to go With only a few dollars to her name she finds herself on the streets and this is where she meets EllenBut getting involved with a social worker is the last thing Jenny wants or needs or is it It seems Ellen and Jenny paths were intended to cross but will they be able to help Il morto di Maigret each otherLittle Mercies was a brilliant read and I thoroughly loved it Highly recommended A book that serves as a caution to the many of us out there working and raising families How veryasy it is to let something slip how one mistake can have a uite honestly Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf is one of the BEST motionally charged books I ve ver read Audiobook Narrators Kate Rudd 5 sTanya Eby Sirois 5 sEllen Moore is a seasond social worker She s seen it all All the unfathomable autrosities of abuse and neglect that children ndure in her thirteen years on the job One scorching summer morning Ellen and her husband Adam wake up late They rush to get dressed getting their children up fed and into the car in order to get to the vents that they are very late for Adam is off to his coaching practice Ellen to a meeting at work On the short drive to the office Ellen gets a frantic call from a child in her care that her mother is fighting with an abusive Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition ex boyfriend whom she has a restraining Heather Gudenkauf will be joining us in The Behind the Pages group for a Spoiler free A June 2 2020 300pm EST to talk about her books and her writing processYou can find the A here to ask Heather a uestion or leave her a commenthttpswwwgoodreadscomtopicshowMy review Little Mercies is a compelling gut wrenching beautifully written story thatxplores a gut wrenching situations and the Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom emotions that comes with it The storyxplores the child welfare system and the vulnerabilities of children from two perspectives social worker Ellen and 10 year old Jenny Heather Gudenkauf skillfully put me in the shoes of our main character social worker Ellen who has a lot on her plate with family and her caseload of vulnerable children She shows us another side to the coin and xplores the vulnerabilities of a parent here with Ellen Heather gave me a lot to think about here with the story and I thought it was a perfect one for now as she also brings. 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 verything she holds de.
Heather is the NYT and USA Today Bestselling author of THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE and NOT A SOUND