Thursday, June 26, 2014

Book Review: "Little Mercies" by Heather Gudenkauf

"Gudenkauf's prose is searingly raw... Thrilling and emotionally tender, this novel, with its driving pace, will appeal to fans of Lisa Scottoline and Jodi Picouot." - Booklist

New York Times bestselling author of "These Things Hidden" (2011) and "The Weight of Silence" (2009), Heather Gudenkauf returns with a new story of normal lives altered in the blink of an eye. Little Mercies is a remarkably poignant story of love and justice, told through the eyes of a guilt-ridden mother and an innocent child. Layered with tension and brimming with raw emotion, Heather Gudenkauf's latest tale centers around one woman searching for redemption.


Sometimes, one small mistake can have life-altering consequences…

As a veteran social worker, Ellen Moore has seen it all—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. The only thing that gets her through the workday is knowing her job helps children. That, and her family: her husband, Adam, and three beautiful kids, twins Leah and Lucas, and eleven-month-old Avery. But with a blink of an eye—with one small mistake—Ellen is suddenly at the mercy of the system she works for. Avery is ripped from her clutches, and her whole world begins crashing down around her.

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.


WHERE TO BUY: The book is now available at local book retailers, Amazon, and Harlequinn.


Heather Gudenkauf is the author of the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novels One Breath Away, These Things Hidden, and The Weight of Silence, which sold more than half a million copies and spent 21 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. She lives in Iowa with her husband, three children and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Maxine. She is currently working on her next novel.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the mentioned book from the PR firm/publisher in exchange of my review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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