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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    My favorite of this authors works. This book truly made you care

    My favorite of this authors works. This book truly made you care about the outcome. This book makes you sad an happy at different intervals, which  is a sign  of a good book. Devin  is a character you may hate but  you want her to break through the mold, 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2014

    Aggravated Circumstances is a book that really makes people thin

    Aggravated Circumstances is a book that really makes people think..Wow, Can that really happen??  Unfortunately they can.  This story about a drug addicted mother who has previously lost one child to the system, comes dangerously close to losing another.  After her daughter is taken from her, Devin is forced to decide whether or not she's worth fighting for.

    A real to life story of the trials and tribulations of what Devin must do to try and win back her daughter, and at some points, it seems like no matter how hard she tries, it's just never enough.

    I loved how all the players involved (a single mom, a dating child support worker, a married lawyer, and a judge in a same sex marriage with 2 adopted children.  How much better can things get.  Great Book!  I look forward to more from this author.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    Aggravated Circumstances is an intriguing story about the child

    Aggravated Circumstances is an intriguing story about the child welfare system and the affect it has on four women when an emotional circumstance within the system arises that intertwines their lives. Author Michele Shriver utilizes her legal experience to weave a fascinating and realistic tale told in the alternating first and third person narratives, that captivates the reader's attention as they follow this emotionally charged story about one drug addicted woman's attempt to get clean and reclaim her child who has been put in the child welfare system, and the three women who work within different areas of the system.

    The main portion of the storyline delves into the story of Devin Lenox, a young stripper who is a relapsed drug addict. Devin has lived a hard life, the demon she fights is drug addiction. Five years ago Devin had her parental rights terminated for her first born daughter Emily. Now five years later, Devin finds herself working the system to maintain her parental rights for her twenty-two month old daughter Hannah. This time she wants to prove that she will not fail as a parent.

    The three women who are brought into Devin's circumstances all work within an area of the child welfare system. As the three women walk a fine line in this new case involving Devin, each has her own demons that she is fighting.

    Elisa Cahill is an attorney who has battled depression, and is slowly rebuilding her law practice. Devin asks Elisa to represent her in her drug and parental rights case.

    Taylor Ross is a state social worker with the New Hampshire Division For Children, Youth and Families. Taylor has a history with Devin, she was the social worker that was called to work the original case five years ago, and is once again called to work this latest case involving Devin. Taylor's demon is that she has become jaded to the system and its process. Taylor's demanding job has left her struggling to find a balance between her work and having a social life.

    Sarah Canfield is the presiding judge in the juvenile court system. Sarah has a history with Devin that causes her concern in regard to the new case that is brought before her. Sarah and her partner Kelsey used to be registered foster parents when she was an attorney. They have a nine year old adopted son named Ryan, and a five year old adopted daughter named Emily. Elisa had handled the adoption of Emily for Sarah and Kelsey after Devin's parental rights were terminated, and Taylor had been the social worker on the parental termination and adoption case.

    This is a riveting story that transports the reader into the interconnected lives of these four women as they balance the process of a life altering issue within the child welfare system with their own personal affairs. I really enjoyed that the storyline alternated between Devin's first person perspective with the third person perspectives of the other three women. The reader can't help but become emotionally invested in the four women's lives as they work through their personal and professional struggles.

    I think the author provides the reader with a storyline that is emotional and dramatic; with four realistic, vibrant and different women whose interconnected lives and personal stories speak to the reader's heart; and an accurate portrayal of the inner workings of the child welfare system that draws upon the reader's compassion.

    Aggravated Circumstances is a compelling and touching story that will resonate with you for a long time.

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