Just like any other mother, Samantha Bushell adores her two little girls. After an unhappy childhood and tormented by her memories of abuse and neglect, Samantha’s life takes a downward spiral. With poor coping mechanisms and no-one to support her, alcohol becomes her only friend – and greatest enemy.
New to the social work team, April Gardiner tries to help Samantha take control of her life and hold on to her children, whilst also dealing with problems of her own. The two women form an unlikely bond after similar childhood experiences paved the way for the adults they ultimately became.
A moving and eye-opening tale of privilege, disadvantage, and overcoming adversity, Broken Lives is ultimately a story about two young women whose paths cross at difficult times in both of their lives. It provides an insight into the emotional rollercoaster of social work and the families they strive to help. Will April be able to help Samantha turn her life around, whilst also seeking to achieve her own personal goals?