Little Mercies. Another winner by author, Heather Gudenkauf
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.
Another winner by author, Heather Gudenkauf. I shared a connection with all of the characters in this book. More though with Jenny and Maudene but the events that where happening in Ellen's life drew me into her world as well. It was just that what was happening to Jenny drew at my heart strings. It was the way she reacted for such a young girl that got to me. However I can not imagine and hope to never feel what Ellen had to endure with her situation. You could say I became invested in Jenny and Ellen's stories that it time slipped away and I literally had to make myself put this book down to get some sleep. Although, it would not have been a bad thing to have lost sleep over a really good book. Their was a surprise and I don't know why I did not see it before but it was the connection between Ellen and Jenny.