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45 internautes sur 46 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Little Mercies is a page turning story that held my interest. 9 août 2014
Par toobusyreading - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
This was a great story that had me second thinking how I look at and judge others. The story focuses on Ellen who through a series of unplanned events ends up leaving her child in the car on a hot day. Is this a crime worthy of prosecution and punishment or a terrible mistake? Ellen is a social worker and has taken children away from their parents, now the tables have been turned and she is the one being investigated.

I finished reading this book in Mid-July. Just last week a story hit our local news about a mother whose child died from heat exhaustion after being accidentally left in a car. The 20th child to die in the U.S. this year. I can honestly say I reacted with much more compassion and empathy than I might have because of reading this book. I recognize how easily such an accident can occur.

After reading this book I read a really good article on forgetting a child in the backseat of a car in the Washington Post. It's worth reading for those who are interested.

Little Mercies is a page turning story that held my interest. Recommended to those who enjoy Women's Fiction/Literary Fiction/Family Drama type stories.

Rating: 4.5 Stars - Highly Recommend

Content: some language

Source: Netgalley
24 internautes sur 24 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Another home run for Gudenkauf 24 juin 2014
Par Pink Amy - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Wife, mother, and child protective service Ellen Moore has saved countless children over the years. On one rushed morning, on her way to save two girls in danger, she accidentally locks her infant daughter, Avery, in a car. Avery's life hangs in the balance, as does Ellen's future. Ten-year-old Jenny Briard finds herself in a strange town after her father is arrested. Hoping to find the grandmother she's never met, Jenny's life will intersect with Ellen's in ways neither could have predicted.

Heather Gudenkauf has created another masterpiece. Her main characters are deeply complex, flawed, human beings who readers can't help but to champion. Gudenkauf has done a masterful job capturing the conflicts of a social worker charged with protecting vulnerable children, I know because I interned in such a position during grad school. The competence of Ellen's professional life is in such contrast to the moment of distraction that just might end in tragedy--a mistake easy to judge as "it could never happen to me" but LITTLE MERCIES shows us that yes, it very well could happen to any of us. Equally impressive, Gudenkauf captures the nuances of the defense mechanisms of a little girl trying not to end up back in foster care.
Gudenkauf if my favorite writer. I've read THESE THINGS HIDDEN close to ten times and I'm quite sure I'll reread and re-reread LITTLE MERCIES similarly. Told in Ellen's first person POV alternating with third person chapters centering on Jenny, the voices are at times lyrical, heartbreaking while also suspenseful with the need to keep reading to find out what happens next. I recommend this book to everyone and know you'll have as much pleasure as I did reading this gem. I rarely give 5 star reviews, but I'd give this 10 stars of I could.
31 internautes sur 33 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
POV, POV, POV 25 juillet 2014
Par S. Kay Murphy - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
It is not my practice to review books I believe are less than stellar. But I accepted this through the Vine program, thus I am required to give an honest review, so I will do so.

There are several major flaws in this novel. The most glaring is that of point of view. We are offered dual protagonists here, One is ten-year-old Jenny and the other is the harried and distracted first-person protagonist Ellen Moore, a social worker with kids of her own. The point of view problems come from the depiction of Jenny, who is only ten, but somehow is sophisticated enough to understand when her father is "going to make his move" on women and describes him as "almost movie-star handsome, but not quite... His nose was a bit too prominent and slightly off center." I'm sorry, but ten-year-old girls just don't think this way about their daddies. Jenny also immediately recognizes condoms when she finds them in her dad's backpack (and knows what they are for) but doesn't understand at all a later drug reference. I apologize for being picky here, but with most ten-year-old girls, it would be the other way around.

Here's what bothers me the most about this book, though, and it's the reason I need to be as honest as I can with this review: Heather Gudenkauf's publisher (Harlequin) describes this book as a "ripped-from-the-headlines tour de force" (see above description). I hardly see where it has been "ripped from the headlines" and, oh my, it certainly is not a "tour de force." This is a mediocre read at best--but could have been so much better with a hard critique and major editing work. The truth is, publishers today are quick to market without the benefit of polishing or perfecting the product, and I believe this does an injustice not only to consumers, but to Ms. Gudenkauf as well. She would be better served with some honest advice on how to make her characters more realistic. (Speaking of which--I wanted to love the character of Maudene. But what responsible citizen [in real life] would find a ten-year-old girl wandering around town by herself and just take her in without calling police? This just wouldn't happen.)

Again, it is not my practice generally to post less than favorable reviews, but in this case I simply have to make an exception. The hype from this book comes directly from those who will directly profit from it. Intelligent reader-buyers, beware.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Controversial and gripping! 29 juin 2014
Par Leah Hess - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Little Mercies is told from two different perspectives, as with all of Gudenkauf's novels. Ellen Moore is a social worker, mom, and busy body--much like the rest of us! She is extremely passionate about her work and about helping children to put them in the safest situations as possible. Ten-year-old Jenny Braird has a dark past filled with abuse.

As is often the case, life changes in the blink of an eye for both of them. A distracted Ellen leaves her daughter in the car on a hot summer day. The daughter suffers a heat stroke, and is rushed to the hospital. Ellen is left flustered and confused. How could this happen to her?

In the meantime, Jenny has been in the custody of her father. One day, he encourages her to get on the bus ahead of him. In the minutes between her getting on the bus and him following, Jenny's dad is pursued by the police. In the confusion, he hits a police officer and is taken into custody. Jenny
continues on the bus, hoping to find her maternal grandmother, since her father is in prison.

Paths for the two meet in the form of Ellen's mother, Maudene, who welcomes Jenny into her home, as she sees the signs of abuse. Ellen struggles as she receives court orders to stay away from her hospitalized daughter and threats of having her other two children taken away.

This novel is very beautifully written, as is true of the rest of Gudenkauf's works. The characters are very relateable, as we can all understand how confusing these sudden situations can be. In particular, Ellen's story centers around an extremely controversial, yet usually honest, mistake. As with all of her novels, Gudenkauf inserts the reader into the stories; their worries are yours, their problems are yours, and their triumphs are your own as well. Little Lies was the perfect beginning to a wonderfully told story, Little Mercies.

The largest difference I saw between this novel and her others was the pace at which I read it. With all three of Gudenkauf's other novels, I could not put them down! Even with Little Lies, I was hooked and read it instantly! Little Mercies took me almost a week to get through, as the pace of it just wasn't as gripping as previous works. The quality of content was still fabulous!

Overall review, though? If you are looking for a fabulous summer read, THIS IS IT.

Rating: 4/5
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Gripping heart breaker 29 juin 2014
Par Shelleyrae - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Focused solely on the faces of the young, frightened children creeping from their home into the waiting arms of a police officer, the sweat dripping into her eyes from the fierce summer sun, social worker Ellen Moore ignores the shouting from the street behind her. Until she hears the sound of shattering glass and turns to see a stranger emerging from the minivan parked at the curb, cradling Ellen's eleven month old daughter in her arms.

A harrowing tale highlighting the vulnerability of children and the heartbreaking consequences they are at risk of for the choices and mistakes parents make, Little Mercies is a gripping story that tugs violently at the heart strings.

Ellen Moore is a loving, wife and mother, doing her best to balance her family's needs with her commitment to her career as a social worker, who makes a horrible mistake, one we would prefer not to acknowledge we are capable of, but which Gudenkauf demonstrates is all too possible. As her daughter's life hangs in the balance we are witness to the self recriminations, the crushing guilt and distress which tortures Ellen as she faces the terrifying consequences for her daughter, her family and her self.

Entwined with Ellen's first person narrative, is a second, written in the third person, involving a vulnerable ten year old girl named Jenny Briard. Desperate to avoid the foster care system, when Jenny's alcoholic father is arrested she evades the police and heads for the only possible sanctuary she can think of - her grandmother's home in Cedar City. It is here she crosses paths with Ellen's mother, Maudene, and Gudenkauf slowly reveals the shocking tragedy that links Jenny and Ellen amidst the chaos of crisis.

Well written, Little Mercies has a driving emotional intensity that urges the reader to keep turning the pages. The plot is well thought out, if necessarily a little contrived in parts. I thought the characters to be well developed and the issues surrounding events to be portrayed in a believable manner.

A poignant reminder of the need to practice compassion, and the vulnerability of innocent children, Little Mercies is a compelling, emotionally affecting story. Heather Gudenkauf continues to impress.
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