Summer Reading – Reading On The North Shore (and giveaway!)

Recently I was at our cabin on the North Shore, right off Lake Superior.  It is a 3 1/2 hours from our home… a jaunt by any account but one that is worth it.  Once there – I am out of internet and cell phone range.  It usually winds up being quite the reading time.


Sheila DeChantal, Book Journey, Summer Reading, Heather Gunderkauf, Little Mercies


Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf was one of the books I enjoy during this last trip.  I have read Heather before and enjoyed her writing very much.  This latest book, makes for GOOD Summer Reading!  I picked the book up in the sunny afternoon and I did not stop until I closed the last page that evening.


Little Mercies, Heather Gudenkauf, summer reading, Sheila DeChantal


About Little Mercies

In her latest ripped-from-the-headlines tour de force, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences… 

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.


I have an opportunity working with Harlequin, to offer to one commenter a chance to win a Little Mercies Bundle (*SQUUUEEEEE!*) The bundle includes: Little Mercies, The Weight Of Silence, and These Things Hidden.  Leave a comment here on what you like to get out of your Summer Reading (thrillers, fantasy, beach reads, lite lit…)


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74 thoughts on “Summer Reading – Reading On The North Shore (and giveaway!)

  1. I like my summer reads to be captivating, but not so muc that you can’t look up once in a while. Good characters and a somewhat happy ending is always a plus. For instance, I like to save the new Mary Kay Andrews book for a long summer weekend. This year’s is called Save the Date. Would love to give Heather’s books a try!

  2. I read it all! Fantasy, thriller, suspense, beach reads, romance, kid lit, YA, and teaching PD…It’s the best!

  3. Little Mercies sounds great! I tend to prefer reading beachy kinds of books – chic lit, big blockbuster popular books, that sort of thing – or lighter, juicier historical fiction in summer.

  4. This is a book I’ve been looking forward to reading! I’m very much a mood reader so for me summer reading can change from day to day. I don’t think you can go wrong with a good thriller or a beach/summer setting though.

  5. I like to read mysteries, thrillers, romance, and beach reads in the summer. I love Heather’s books, but this is three I haven’t read yet. Thanks for having this giveaway.

  6. I really enjoy memoirs, especially those set in another country. I like to learn a little bit about other cultures. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Usually my summer reading is lighter, and full of more fiction than the rest of the year. I usually read cozy mysteries and romances. I say usually because this summer has been a but different 🙂 but thats okay too

  8. I used to load up on cozy mysteries and chick-lit for the summer. But now that I am retired from my job in the public school system, it feels liked I have an endless summer, so I read whatever I want.

  9. Usually I save my heavier reads for summer but this summer, I am focusing on Stephen King and some of the books I’ve not read before.

    BTW, holing up without internet access sounds like a dream to me.

  10. Beach reads and thrillers are my favorite books to read in summer 😀 Thanks for the giveaway! 😀 this books sounds fantastic and I’d really like to get it 😀

  11. I love to read novels with strong women characters. I find it interesting to read about inner personal relationships between characters as well as family dynamics. I honestly read a very wide variety of books but in the summer either a good thriller or women’s lit tends to call my name.

  12. My summer reading usually ends up being summer listening since I’m often in the garden or working on some project around the house.

  13. My summer reading should be light reading, because, if you are sitting outside on the deck, the sounds of nature always make me lose my place! Too much to listen to and look at and enjoy!

  14. I love being technology free on vacation! I take my cell phone, but don’t check the internet and my phone only allows me to talk and text, so it is like being mostly unplugged!

  15. I just returned from a wonderful vacation down south in Dorothea Benton Frank country and I made it a point to read several of her books…I am in the middle of the third one…Porch lights. I love her stuff. If i win this bundle it will my first time reading Heather Gudenkauf! I love discovering new authors…

  16. I really don’t have a summer reading plan. I read all year and so to me summer is no different than the other months. I haven’t read anything by this author. Sounds like all of her books would be good to read.

  17. This is an amazing giveaway!!

    I made a summer reading list and it has a variety of books, thriller, YA, beach reads, a classic that I never got to and more.

  18. I love this review, it makes me want to go out and read this author’s complete works! I love books that I read in the summer to be an escape. We get to read on vacation during the summer, why not make it something to read that makes you want to have the character’s life or be thankful you don’t have the character’s life? I love good love stories, mysteries and just good fiction. Or I might want to read about someone famous and find their biography. It just depends on what catches my attention at the time. And usually, before I finish one book on a topic I found interesting, something else will find me and I struggle to finish the first book to move on to the exciting new book! So many books, so little time. 🙂

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