Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday, our weekly event that celebrates upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.  Click on over to Breaking the Spine, to see what everyone else is awaiting.

One of my favorite authors in recent years has been Heather Gudenhauf, so it is no surprise that I’m eager for her new release:  Little Mercies.  

In this story, our author shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences To be released on July 1, 2014.




Blurb:  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.


First of all, I am always hooked by stories that feature social workers (because of my thirty-year career as one), and I am easily engaged by how the seamy side of life can reach out and grab us when we least expect it.

Secondly, stories about families and unexpected connections are themes that keep me turning those pages.

What are you eager to read?  Come on by and let’s chat about books.








  1. Stories about social workers can definitely be some emotional ones. I bet you can definitely relate. My friend is battling against to get custody of her niece and nephew from their drug addicted parents and so my heart goes out to stories like these. Thanks for stopping by my WOW earlier!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know


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