Saturday, May 31, 2014
Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
4.0 out of 5 stars -- "You have to look for the little mercies, the small kindnesses and good that come from the terrible."
Social worker, wife, and busy mother of 3, Ellen Moore makes a dreadful, almost deadlly mistake one morning. Though she's usually the one rescuing children or removing them from abusive homes, this time she's on the defensive as she accidentally left her infant daughter inside a van on a hot summer morning in Iowa. The full ramifications of this act become a nightmare for the entire family.
Jenny Briard is 10 years old. She and her alcoholic father are leaving town for Dubuque when he is arrested before he can get on the bus where she's saving him a seat. Jenny is so shaken that she stays on board and ends up in Cedar City, alone, but determined to find the mother who abandoned her - she has the address of her grandmother on a birthday card in her backpack.
The story is told in the alternating points of view of Ellen and Jenny as their worlds collide. While Ellen fights the legal battles and her husband and children are in turmoil, her mother takes runaway Jenny into her home.
A beautiful tale of healing and redemption, family bonds and strong love, it makes one grateful for any little mercy. Readers and book groups will find much to discuss while examining their own lives and actions. I recommend it.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for the e-book ARC to review.