Little Mercies

Little Mercies

Book - 2014
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Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity--the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a gifted children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have greater ramifications than Ellen could have ever 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 deadbeat 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 needs 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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin Mira, c2014
ISBN: 9780778316336
Branch Call Number: F GUD NVD
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 21 cm

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Jun 21, 2015

Wife, mother, daughter, child advocate...Ellen Moore is all of these things. Keeping up with the schedules of a busy family, 3 young children and a husband who is the high school baseball coach, her demanding work as a social worker and the needs of her clients, and the only daughter of a recently widowed mother has become a juggling act for Ellie. Rushing to work one hot summer morning, late for another meeting, Ellie doesn't hear her husband telling her he has strapped the baby into her car seat. When she receives a crisis call from one of her young clients, she immediately calls 911 and heads to the family's home. Arriving at the home she hurriedly locks her van and joins the patrol officers waiting to enter the house. After dealing with the current crisis, she returns to her van to find the windows broken, and folks from the neighborhood trying to revive her baby. Coping with the guilt of endangering her precious baby girl, who may suffer from irreversible injuries if she survives at all, and facing possible criminal charges is tough enough. The last thing Ellie needs is another case. But when her mother finds and "adopts" Jenny Briard, a ten-year-old alone on the streets who needs another social worker like she needs a "hole in her head," their lives collide and both Jenny and Ellie find the healing they both desperately need.

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1_Great_Book
May 21, 2015

Gripping from the first sentence - easy to get immersed and lose track of time until the end. Excellent writing. Will watch for more from this author.

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wiredonjava
Dec 02, 2014

Great storytelling! Keeps reader engaged throughout book. Recommended especially for any budding social workers.

dollfacecrafter Jul 29, 2014

nice story with a little too happy ending, good read though

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