Although she has made sure her Alzheimer’s stricken mother has been well taken care of, Krista has spent years with no contact with her. Upon receiving word that her mother was near death, Krista felt compelled to see her one last time. While spending hours at her mother’s bedside, Krista read through a recently discovered journal of her mother’s and learned that her own perceptions about her mother had not always been entirely correct. With the gentle help of her old flame Dane and family friend Dona Elena, Krista is able to overcome wounds from the past that have held her prisoner and is finally ready to move on with her life. And with her own healing, Krista makes peace with her mother that in turn sets her free.
Mercy Come Morning is a highly emotional and introspective story that requires a box of tissues near at hand. While not exactly what I would consider entertaining, this book is well worth reading. The author’s style is very readable and her insight into her characters is superb. First published in 2002 with the title Christmas Every Morning, the message of Mercy Come Morning is timeless. It is a story about love, forgiveness, reconciliation, and second chances. I would definitely recommend it.
This book was provided for review by Blogging For Books and the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
What Others Are Saying About Mercy Come Morning:
“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
Previously released as Christmas Every Morning
Praise for MERCY COME MORNING
“Mercy Come Morning is Lisa Bergren’s best yet! Strong characters dealing with passionate life-and-death issues in a Southwest setting so authentic I could taste the chilies and smell the sage. A compelling story of longing, love, and the search for life.… It’s a story to meet the need in every woman’s heart.”
—JANE KIRKPATRICK , author of A Name of Her Own and the Kinship and Courage series
“Bergren just keeps getting better. Mercy Come Morning is a deeply moving story of love lost and found. It is also a gentle but compelling invitation to remember the things we should know by heart but often forget along the way.”
—CAROLYN ARENDS, recording artist and author of We’ve Been Waiting for You
“Lisa Bergren writes like a dream, softly calling us to familiar places, walking us through our memories in grandma’s kitchen, past the disappointments of growing up, and through the complexities of imperfect families. Mercy Come Morning is a timeless tale, to be kept every day in the heart as a reminder that forgiveness is a gift to self and joy the glittering residue left upon our doorpost when Christmas is kept every day of the year.”
—PATRICIA HICKMAN, author of Sandpebbles and Katrina’s Wings
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 30 books, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. She just finished writing a Colorado historical trilogy (the first book, Breathe, Sing and Claim), and has begun a teen series called River of Time (Waterfall, book 1, comes out in February 2011).
Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing (including a fair amount of travel writing), consulting and freelance editing (with a little speaking here and there). She’s married to Tim, a liturgical sculptor, graphic designer and musician. They have three kids–Olivia (15), Emma (12) and Jack (7).
All five of the Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Visit her website at LisaTawnBergren.com