Social Worker Ellen Moore is used to seeing the worst side of the human race. It has been her job to protect the children of her community and it is a job she does well while also managing her busy family life with a husband and children of her own.
One blistering hot day while trying to help a family in need, one moment of distraction, one slip while trying to do too much at the sale time, Ellen’s world comes tumbling down around her putting her on the other side of her world in the craziest of ways. Suddenly life is speeding by as a blur as events unfold and her careless actions could cause the life of one of her own.
In another story line, ten year old Jenny Briard lives moment to moment. Since her mother disappeared one day she has lived with her abusive father and lives moment to moment wondering where she will be sleeping that night and if there will be food. When Jenny takes to the streets in search of where she believes her mother may have gone, her life becomes entangled with Ellen’s.
Ellen can not explain the appearance of this wayward child who has wormed her way into her life but she does not have time to deal with that in the midst of her own turmoil. Jenny certainly does not want a social worker looking to closely at her and fears being sent back to the man she is trying to escape. What neither Ellen or Jenny knows is that the timing of their encounter is right on time.
I simply adore Heather Gudenkauf’s writing. She writes true feeling life stories that could be anything you would see in your local newspapers. Tragedy. Justice. Truth.
When this book was offered for me to read I was super excited to have a chance to dig into another of these amazing stories. I had no idea that once I opened the book, I was not going to put it down until I closed the last satisfying page. (*note that during this reading there is some awkward making of lunch with one hand while my other held the book open) 😉
Interesting, fast paced, heart pumping action, what unfolds in this story line is truly something you can imagine really happening. Heather Gudenkauf’s Little Mercies grabbed me and made for gush worthy summer reading.
Book clubs – this book would make for an amazing discussion. Download the Book Club Kit (PDF)
I have a giveaway going for a package of Heather Gudenkauf’s books. Please comment on that post for an entry and receive a bonus entry for commenting on this one as well. I will announce the winner of the package on Friday July 18th.