Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mercy Came Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Book Description:  There are no second chances. Or are there?
Krista Mueller is in a good place. She’s got a successful career as a professor of history; she’s respected and well-liked; and she lives hundreds of miles from her hometown and the distant mother she could never please. It’s been more than a decade since Alzheimer’s disease first claimed Charlotte Mueller’s mind, but Krista has dutifully kept her mother in a first-class nursing home.
Now Charlotte is dying of heart failure and, surprised by her own emotions, Krista rushes to Taos, New Mexico, to sit at her estranged mother’s side as she slips away. Battling feelings of loss, abandonment, and relief, Krista is also unsettled by her proximity to Dane McConnell, director of the nursing home—and, once upon a time, her first love. Dane’s kind and gentle spirit—and a surprising discovery about her mother—make Krista wonder if she can at last close the distance between her and her mother … and open the part of her heart she thought was lost forever.
“A timeless tale, to be kept every day in the heart as a reminder
that forgiveness is a gift to self.”
—PATRICIA HICKMAN, author of The Pirate Queen

My Review:  Okay...once again I picked a book based on the cover and the description!  This is one of those reads that spoke to me.  Why? Simply because as a daughter I had some of the same feelings as Krista.
Now Krista Mueller is a successful, doing well on her own.  Single and feeling fairly confident about her life until that phone call comes...Krista is surprised by her heart rending love for a mom who never seemed to love her but instead demanded, always demanded more than Krista could give.
But Krista, in all of her daughter love for her mom, goes to Taos, New Mexico.  She needs to come to grips with her past and she wants, no needs to know if her mother loves her!  However, her mom has Alzheimer's.  A cruel and heartless disease that causes a mom to have some lucid memory moments but yet takes the life of a woman and drains her life.
Krista must also face her past when she meets the Dane, the man of her past who held her heart.  Dane is a kind, caring man who cares enough to help Krista face some painful moments.
A well-written story about how the how facing our past can be painful but brings out the best in our lives, for our good. Which reminded me of Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
If you're looking for a heart warming story then be sure to pick up a copy of Mercy Came Morning!
*This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing*
Meet the Author: 

LISA BERGREN is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty books, with more than two million copies sold. A former publishing executive, she now splits her time working as a freelance editor and writer while parenting three children with her husband, Tim, and dreaming of the family’s next visit to Taos.
Visit the author’s website.

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