Book Group Giveaway – Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

Little Mercies Book CoverLittle Meries by Heather Gudenkauf

Released June 24, 2014

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 Merciesis 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.

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Heather Author PhotoAuthor Heather Gudenkauf

Heather Gudenkauf is an Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Heather lives in Iowa with her husband and children. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running.

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Book Groups by Inspired Kathy

Over the past 15 years I have periodically taken part in local neighborhood book groups.  When I lived in Washington State we had a dozen women who regularly took part in book group.  It was a blast.  We were mainly young married moms with small children and used book group as our monthly escape.  Each month 2 women were in charge of picking the book and providing lunch for the rest of the group.  Pairing great books, food and friends was a wonderful mix.  It was something I thoroughly enjoyed and looked forward to.

After moving to Utah I recognized how much I missed this group and have attempted several times to start a book group here.  While our results have not been as consistent as what I had in Washington I have still enjoyed the interactions and discussions when we have been able to make it work.

One of the things I love about book group is that I read books I would likely never have picked up on my own. Sometimes I really enjoy these books, other times I struggle to get through them but I love that I’m forced out of my reading comfort zone.

So what makes a successful book group? Here are a few suggestions based on my personal experiences.

  • Discussion Questions – It is always helpful when discussion questions are available. I appreciate when authors/publishers provide discussion questions either in the back of the book or online. Often book group discussions go off on wild tangents but the questions provide a great springboard to get us started.
  • Choosing the Book –  It seems to work better if the person who chooses the books picks something they have already read and really enjoyed. Be sure to have the book chosen ahead of time so club members have plenty of time to read it.  Choose books that can be read in a reasonable amount of time.  If a book is 1,000 pages long it might be a great read but most members won’t be able to get through it. Variety makes things interesting, try books from different genres instead of just sticking to one.
  • Consistent Meeting Times – Choose a date and time to meet and do your best to stick to it.  Most recently the group I was in met the 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:00.

If you do take part in a book group try your best to get through the book club choice but recognize that not every book is a good match for every reader.  Give yourself permission to stop reading it you are not loving the book. Life is too short and there are too many wonderful books out there to read something you don’t enjoy. In our books group those who didn’t finish the chosen book were still invited to attend book group. However they came with the knowledge that we would be talking about the entire book and they should be prepared to hear spoilers.

Are you already a member of a book group?  Have you thought of starting one?

Book Group 3 Book Giveaway

Harlequin will provide one lucky winner with 3 books by Author Heather Gudenkauf which would all be perfect for your next book group.

1 winner will receive copies of Little Mercies, The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden

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  1. I am a reader. Avid. Rabid 😉 Pick me, pick me! lol

  2. I have been a reader since I was very young since they provide me with an escape, transport me to another era and realm. Books are my only form of entertainment aside from my grandchildren. I am old school and books are treasures which I find memorable and unforgettable.

  3. I am not in a book club but I thought about starting one with one of my friends who loves to read also.

  4. I wish I could find a book club that would like to read the kind of books that I like to read.

  5. I’ve never been in one but would consider it.

  6. Kristy Petree says:

    I am in a local book club that meets the last Sunday of every month, but we keep in touch all month long. We have a rotation/schedule for the five regular attendees to choose the selection for each month. And we have a couple more members that make it a few times a year.

    I agree that these would be great book club selections. I’ve actually read These Things Hidden and it one of my favorite books off all time. Thanks for the chance, great giveaway. 🙂

    • Kristy Petree says:

      oh my, typos all over the place! It’s almost 3:30 a.m., guess I need some rest.

  7. candc320 says:

    I actually wanted to start a book club in my neighborhood when we first moved in…I even made up little flyers I was going to out in everyone’s mailbox…but then I chickened out :). But I have a great suggestion for a book club: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The book is awesome and give LOTS of topics to discuss.

  8. I have never been in a book club. Mostly because then I would have to read what other people wanted to read.

  9. Anita Yancey says:

    I have never been in a book group, but I have always wanted to join one because I love reading and talking about books. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  10. Natalie Brown says:

    Hello! I’ve never been a part of or thought about starting a book group. An oldie but goodie book I would suggest is Stones from the River. It covers the history in Germany from WWI through WWII from the eyes of a young girl to womanhood. Thank-you!

  11. First book group ever 😀

  12. I’m in a local book club and one on Facebook. I love it because it gives me the chance to read books I wouldn’t pick out on my own.

  13. Laura P Bryant says:

    I love my book club and I’m certain this will be a great read for us.