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Little MerciesA book that serves as a caution to the many of us out there working and raising families How very easy it is to let something slip how one mistake can have a serious outcome uickly spiraling out of control Also the look a the hard job of being a social worker and the many terrible things that happen in familiesI love this author because her books are usually so different uirky and surprising This book was much redictable I A Lion Among Men pretty much guessed everything that would happen That is not to say that this is not readable it was I read it avidly The subject was a hard one and the author handled it well but I guess I expected waited for some sort of surprise This tugs at your heart strings but it is apparent that this is what the author tried to do So a good read but with a few reservationsARC from NetGalley Working as a social worker Ellen Moore has experienced than her fair share of child abuse cases And being a wife and mother herself Ellen notices that most days she is exhausted not onlyhysically 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 Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the Revolution problems when herath 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 so ever 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 aths were intended to cross but will they be able to help each otherLittle Mercies was a brilliant read and I thoroughly loved it Highly recommended 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 arents 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 eyes of the law and the A Speech on the Present Duties and Future Destiny of the Negro Race: September 2, 1872 (Classic Reprint) public Ellen is instantly dubbed a criminally neglectfularent A Kiss of the Spiderwoman parallel story line involves ten year old Jenny who was deserted by her mother years ago and now lives with her alcoholicetty thief father who can t keep a job Jenny s dad lans to move them from Nebraska to Iowa for new employment but gets arrested at the bus station resulting in Jenny making the trip alone As fate would have it Jenny ends 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 ancake 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 light does elicit sympathy I found myself getting annoyed with her constant complaints about her situation As the story roceeds Jenny s and Ellen s Alles in meinem Dasein ist Musik... parallel story lines merge resulting in a learning experience for everyone In the end this is a book about families howarents and children affect each other s lives I found the remise the book A Social Worker Accused Of social worker accused a child intriguing and I was interested to follow Ellen s experiences with family friends and the law Jenny I was interested to follow Ellen s experiences with family friends and the law Jenny tale was also compelling but less believable At every 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 As someone who holds a Bachelors in Social Work and is currently working on a Masters I was VERY excited to read Little Mercies I was umped to read a book about a Social Worker a self roclaimed advocate for children I was extremely 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 else 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 robably would have just Underground (Unbelievers, put it down This bookaints 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 The Letters and Lessons of Teddy Roosevelt for His Sons 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 essential 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 ending out Not only that but the ending was simply too easy and unbelievable Drama for drama s sake and THEN the child Jenny had a nice clean ending No Absolutely notI m not saying Social Workers areerfect 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 every write to do as her story deemed fit and it was ABSOLUTELY NOT a full icture of the rofession 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 Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity; the vilest acts one erson 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 de. He opportunity to experience the impact of some of her Thailand's Sickest - Hell To Pay 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 lasterson she wants in her life The story takes a hard turn early on and I got hooked I could feel Ellen s ain 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 oints 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 Retail. De digitale hysterie voorbij pace but detailed when outlining the characters and conveying the emotions of the moment This is my first book by the author and I ll be looking for of her titles The early 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 ahone 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 Η γραφομηχανούλα - Nietzsche ex Machina 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 aroblem And her life changed and shattered in that instant Jenny Briard was ten years old and her love for her irresp 4 stars I really liked this novel This is the first book I have read by Heather Gudenkauf and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style The story is told from two erspectives children s advocatesocial worker mother of three Ellen and ten year old Jenny Both characters erspectives were eually interesting to me I was drawn into their lives right from the start It was an intense highly emotional story that The Bias of Communication pulled at my heartstrings I was on edge while reading Ellen s story my mouth hanging open in shock as I felt Iersonally 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 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 should ever have to endure 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 ulled in too many directions utting 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 easy decision but one that I am thankful I made I know many eople 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 arenting 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 ressure career and arenthood 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 4000 Meilen durch die USA: Meine Reise zu den großen Fragen des Lebens people who seem to trulyull it off it s not an 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 Interior Designs: An Adult Coloring Book with Beautifully Decorated Houses, Inspirational Room Designs, and Relaxing Modern Architecture proven that a child is willing to endlessly 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 excuse androtect 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 Gläsern power a mother holds These abused innocent children can come up with endless excuses 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 Whatrompted me to drop one star was some of Ellen s choices toward the end of the novel as well as some convenient situations that occurred at the end The terrible tragedy that Ellen endured at the start of the book was due to making the mistake of Detention of Doom putting too much focus on work instead of family Yet toward the 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 her empathy for this child she is once againutting her own family at risk did she not learn anything from her huge mistake I was very upset and frustrated with her not learn anything from her huge mistake I was very upset and frustrated with her I lost some sympathy for her at that Fromentin point The ending also had a couple very convenient situations which took away from this being a 5 star read Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it The Hook You never know what one mightick up when the Punishing My Slutty Little Sister 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 myhysical 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 ut 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 The Sinker What when a social worker who handles cases of neglect and abuse of children finds herself arrested for child endangerment 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 at 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 rocessYou can find the A here to ask Heather a uestion or leave her a commenthttpswwwgoodreadscomtopicshowMy review Little Mercies is a compelling gut. 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.

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Wrenching beautifully written story that explores a gut wrenching situations and the emotions that comes with it The story explores the child welfare system and the vulnerabilities of children from two erspectives social worker Ellen and 10 year old Jenny Heather Gudenkauf skillfully Friedrich Barbarossa (Gestalten Des Mittelalters Und Der Renaissance) (German Edition) put me in the shoes of our main character social worker Ellen who has a lot on herlate with family and her caseload of vulnerable children She shows us another side to the coin and explores the vulnerabilities of a arent here with Ellen Heather gave me a lot to think about here with the story and I thought it was a erfect one for now as she also brings 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 uite honestly Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf is one of the BEST emotionally charged books I ve ever 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 endure 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 events that they are very late for Adam is off to his coaching ractice 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 ex boyfriend whom she has a restraining order against Ellen shifts riorities in an instant from the meeting to children s lives She calls the The Taste of Her Blood (A Lesbian Vampire Tale) police then tells the child she s coming right now and to hold tight Once there the children s welfare is taking all her concentration as is always the case when there is a commotion behind them in the street shouts breaking glass When Ellen finally turns she sees that it s her van window that s been broken and then Horrified she sees her 11 month old infant Avery limp a tint of blue around her mouth isulled out of the van door Why was Avery in the van Ellen frantically searches her mind for some clue some recollection of utting her baby in the van She comes up with nothing She did not ut Avery in her car seat She is absolutely certain about that Disbelievingly she realizes that Avery has been in the sweltering van for 45 minutes Ellen a seasond social worker who s job it is to rotect children from every unthinkable situation has been so focused on the children assigned to her care that she has left her own baby to broil in the hot van Now Ellen is at the mercy of the very system she works for and her life is about to become a living hell And that s if Avery survives 10 year old Jenny Baird has been living with her father full time ever since her mother s boyfriend used her as a unching bag at the age of four Now once again her father has lost his job and they will be taking a bus to a new town where he assures her that he will be working with a friend s construction business Jenny is finding seats on the bus while her father chats with a women he s never met This being nothing new Jenny dutifully chooses seats and waits for him to join her Then through the bus window she see s some men approach her father and just as suddenly the Learn English: A Beginner's Guide for ESL Learners police are there Frozen she watches the scene unfold unable to move or make a sound Then almost without thinking Jenny decides to remain on the bus leaving her father behind When she arrives she discovers that she s in thelace on the envelope her maternal grandmother sent her over six years before On her own she begins her journey to find her grandmother whom she s never met Inexplicably Ellen and Jenny s Who Is Gloria Steinem? paths cross and become entwined Neither want anything to do with the other Each is at the most desperate time of their lives caught up together in the spinning wheels of the system Does life have even a few little mercies left for Ellen or Jenny I took the time to absorb the emotional responses I was left with once the last word was spoken before writing my review Firstly because I had to getast the WOW Just WOW that my mind was screaming and secondly I couldn t write with the Tears That Were Filling My Eyes And that were filling my eyes and down my cheeks To ut it into erspective I don t usually cry easily when it comes to reading And so here are my thoughts Little Mercies is a gut wrenching heart crushing story that moved me than any book I ve read in
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very long Heather Gudenkauf s writing is as beautiful as the story is cruel laden with emotions that are hysically alpable She aints two stories so real that I could literally feel the fear the weight of reality that Ellen and Jenny were experiencing as literally feel the fear the weight of reality that Ellen and Jenny were experiencing as story unfolds I highly recommend this book Especially in the audiobook format I just sat doing nothing else thinking nothing else while the book layed I was transfixed held hostage completely and hoplessly unable to stop listening as narrators Kate Rudd Tanya Eby Sirois expertly transformed Heather Gudenkauf s words into a thick series of emotions from every range of the spectrum Little Mercies will stick firmly in my mind and heart for a very long time I mean that in the very best way Absolutely IrresistibleI m going to start a including a rating for the narrative Corazones solitarios part of each audiobook as the narration component counts for at least 50% of the success of an audiobook IMHO This will accompanie each audiobook I listen to so that once you become familiar with it you ll only need to look at my ratings and comments for the narrators of the book It will be at the bottom of my review and above the dividing line I hope this adds an improved consistency in my ratings and reviews of beloved audiobooks Owls Audiobook scoringFor me there are two factors concerning the narrationerformance of an audiobook that are the most important First the tone and sound of the narrator s voice as they transform the author s written words into sound changing the visual book into an audible replica that s a Napříč nekonečnem pleasure to listen to Second the narrator s story telling shouldn t distract the listener from the bookie a grating or harshness to thier voice that sets your teeth on edge is not going to make the grade I listen for a smooth free flowing natural uality in the cadence of their voice genuine emotion should easilyull the reader into feeling whatever emotions the author has intended the reader to feel A narrator should be able to effortlessly and recisely evoke the emotions the author has intended for hisher readers to experienceChoppy emotionless or flat is not acceptable Further if a listener would benefit by doing the reading him or her selves it defeates the urpose of an audiobook entirely Any degree of a oor narrational erformance is absolutely unfair to the author on so many levelsOf course this is all subjective and I ll rate is as honestly as I can. 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 Now Pitching, Bob Feller: A Baseball Memoir powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice Little Mercies is a searingortrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us togeth.