Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf



A social worker charged with child negligence?  A ten-year old left alone?  What do Ellen and Jenny have in common? 
The common thread has built a beautifully written story by Ms. Gudenkauf.  It deals with social services from the adult and the child's side and what can easily happen both good and bad.

You will feel Ellen's pain as she deals with an accident she herself as a social worker deals with every day but with a situation she never thought she would have to personally deal with.
You will want to hug Jenny and take her home with you.  How could a ten-year old have to deal with so much?

I was a bit worried LITTLE MERCIES was going to be too intense for me when I first started reading, but the author's writing style is so amazing along with the storyline that you don't want to stop.  You "must" continue to see how things turn out.
LITTLE MERCIES allows the reader into the world of social services and lives of children that most of us don't know about and don't have to live through.
LITTLE MERCIES is a book that tears your heart apart, but has wonderful lessons about life and things to think about.  The meaning of the book's title is explained as you read, and I enjoyed the meaning because it is so true.  I started looking for "little mercies" in my own life.
I would put LITTLE MERCIES on your must read list. It is a book that will take you to a world people actually live through and make you glad you do not, but it will also make you realize that family is the most important element we have, and we should count our blessings.
My rating is a HUGE 5/5.

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

15 comments:

  1. Have you read Little Mercies?

    If you haven't, you will want to.

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  2. I love books like that and need to get hold of this one!

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  3. Thanks for stopping, Kathy.

    I do hope you get to read it.

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  4. I've tried to get this one ( and failed!) but will just have to look elsewhere.

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  5. I loved this book, too, Elizabeth. Great review!

    Definitely a memorable read that takes us into situations we hope to never face.

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  6. I already plan to read this :) Sounds so good and she is a talented author whose previous books I have enjoyed. Thanks!

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  7. Great to hear, Rita.

    This is the first book of hers I have read.

    Looks like I need to read those as well.

    THANKS for stopping.

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  8. I didn't know what it was about when I got it in the mail. I thought it was a romance. :)

    It definitely was not. :)

    THANKS for the compliment on my review, Laurel, and thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Check out your library, Mystica, or an e-book???

    Thanks for stopping.

    I hope you get to read it.

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  10. I do have it on my wish list and will read it at some time, it has had such excellent reviews. When I read you thought it would be too intense for you I worried - because I do believe you have a higher threshold than me, but that said, I think this is one for me to read. Great review.

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  11. I enjoyed reading your review. I just completed this book and will post my review next week. I enjoyed it as well.

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  12. Thank you, Pat. So nice of you to say that.

    I am glad you enjoyed the book too.

    THANKS for stopping.

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  13. It wasn't bad, Kathryn.

    You will love it. Let me know your thoughts after you read it.

    Thanks for stopping.

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  14. Wow, this sounds great! I currently work in Social Services and I have worked with children in the past. I know I would love this book!

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  15. You will love it, Laura.

    It is very good.

    THANKS for stopping.

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