Little Mercies


Author:  Heather Gudenkauf                 little mercies
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Source:  BEA


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Goodreads:  In her latest ripped-from-the-headlines tour de force, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences…


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.

Ope’s Opinion:  This is a book I would like to put in everyones hands – even those who don’t read very often.  I will pass my copy on to others, but they will have to return it.  I will buy copies for those who will not be able to share my copy.  This is absolutely a must read.

Emotional, intense, exciting, fast moving – these are just some of the words that come to mind to describe this book.

Heather Gudenkauf weaves a story that intertwines all the characters lives.  While reading I found myself literally holding my breath! The twists and turns are not predictable at all.  I am amazed at how Heather writes in such a way that I am drawn into the book so deeply I loose track of time.

Even though there are so many books to read, I want to make the time to read this one again.  I can not wait for her next book.

Rating:  Five Chairs – This book is so good it will be passed on and on and on…..


My Adult Book BEA Broadcast

Hope you are enjoying all this BEA news!
Along with all my YA books I did get some adult reading too.


Heather Gudenkauf is an author that always makes me
want another of her books when I finish reading her current book.

Positive is a non-fiction – which I don’t often read.
Couldn’t resist this one – looks very interesting.

ADult 2Some more good ones to read!

Adult Mystery

This is my mystery pile!!  Lisa Scottoline and David Baldacci
are top on my mystery list.

I hope if you had the opportunity to go to BEA that you felt
encouraged by other bloggers.  I also hope you came home
with books that made you want to stop your world and just

What did you see in my piles that would get you excited to read?

My YA BEA Broadcast

I was amazed at all the YA books that were offered this year at BEA.  A lot of the authors were new to me.  I was excited to receive books that might lead me to an author I had never read before.  Then there were the authors that I couldn’t wait to get another book I knew would be amazing.

YA 4

Morgan Matson’s book Since You’ve Been Gone was one I couldn’t wait to get. It was great to meet her.  Susan Colasanti was really sweet – her books didn’t arrive, so she had to mail them out.  She was so friendly.

YA 1Rebecca Serle’s book Famous in Love looks awesome!
She even emailed me after BEA – very impressed.

YA 2

Rachel Harris is an author I have not read.
The Fine Art of Pretending looks like it will be fun to read.

YA 3

Breathe, Annie, Breathe was on TBR list before I knew
Miranda Kenneally was going to be at BEA!

So many to read – can’t read fast enough.
Any recommendation where I should start?

My Children’s BEA Broadast



Along with reading adult and YA books, I enjoy sharing my love of reading with my granddaughter.  While at BEA, these are a  couple of titles that grabbed my attention.

emma and me

Bad Dog Flash  by Ruth Paul
The Night Parade  by Lily Roscoe

Emma ( my granddaughter ) has a little sister on the way, so I chose a couple of books to share with her too.
child books
Nutley by Stephanie Sorkin
What’s So Yummy?  by Robbie H. Harris
Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli
Pioneer Girl  by Pamela Smith Hill


I also picked up these books to share with both granddaughters when they get older.

middle grade


Ava and Pip by Carol Weston
The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando
Secret of the Silver Key by Jane O’Connor
Pink & Green is the New Black by Lisa Greenwald


My BEA Broadcast

Wednesday was Book Blogger Conference.

The best session was Software 101: Best Blogging Tools

Thea James was the moderator.
She was : Amazing
Asked questions I wanted the answers to
Kept the dialogue moving right along
Made us laugh a few times too!

Photo from BEA

The speakers were: Sarah Wendell
Stephanie Sinclair
Becca Brennan

They all had interesting information to share.
They kept my attention and taught me a few things.

The other sessions left me disappointed.
I did not come out with much information to use.

Let me know how the conference was for you.
I would like to hear about the other sessions.