Mercy Come Morning [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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

Previously released as Christmas Every Morning




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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307730770
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 331,572
  • File size: 2 MB

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.


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“She’s dying, Krista.”

I took a long, slow breath. “She died a long time ago, Dane.”

He paused, and I could picture him formulating his next words, something that would move me. Why was my relationship with my mother so important to him? I mean, other than the fact that she was a patient in his care. “There’s still time, Kristabelle.”

I sighed. Dane knew that his old nickname for me always got to me. “For what? For long, deep conversations?” I winced at the harsh slice of sarcasm in my tone.

“You never know,” he said quietly. “An aide found something you should see.”

“What?”

“Come. I’ll keep it here in my office until you arrive. Consider it a Christmas present.”

“It’s December ninth.”

“Okay, consider it an early present.”

It was typical of him to hold out a mysterious hook like that. “I don’t know, Dane. The school term isn’t over yet. It’s a hard time to get someone to cover for me.” It wasn’t the whole truth. I had an assistant professor who could handle things on her own. And I could get back for finals. Maybe. Unless Dane wasn’t overstating the facts.

“Krista. She’s dying. Her doctor tells me she has a few weeks, tops. Tell your department chair. He’ll let you go. This is the end.” I stared out my cottage window to the old pines that covered my yard in shadows. The end. The end had always seemed so far away. Too far away. In some ways I wanted an end to my relationship with my mother, the mother who had never loved me as I longed to be loved. When she started disappearing, with her went so many
of my hopes for what could have been. The road to this place had been long and lonely. Except for Dane. He had always been there, had always waited. I owed it to him to show. “I’ll be there on Saturday.”

“I’ll be here. Come and find me.”

“Okay. I teach a Saturday morning class. I can get out of here after lunch and down there by five or six.”

“I’ll make you dinner.”

“Dane, I—”

“Dinner. At seven.”

I slowly let my mouth close and paused. I was in no mood to argue with him now. “I’ll meet you at Cimarron,” I said.
“Great. It will be good to see you, Kristabelle.” I closed my eyes, imagining him in his office at Cimarron Care Center. Brushing his too-long hair out of his eyes as he looked through his own window.

“It will be good to see you, too, Dane. Good-bye.”

He hung up then without another word, and it left me feeling slightly bereft. I hung on to the telephone receiver as if I could catch one more word, one more breath, one more connection with the man who had stolen my heart at sixteen.

Dane McConnell remained on my mind as I wrapped up things at the college, prepped my assistant, Alissa, to handle my history classes for the following week, and then drove the scenic route down to Taos from Colorado Springs, about a five-hour trip. My old Honda Prelude hugged the roads along the magnificent San Luis Valley. The valley’s shoulders were still covered in late spring snow, her belly carpeted in a rich, verdant green. It was here that in 1862 Maggie O’Neil single-handedly led a wagon train to settle a town in western Colorado, and nearby Cecilia Gaines went so
crazy one winter they named a waterway in her honor—“Woman Hollering Creek.”

I drove too fast but liked the way the speed made my scalp tingle when I rounded a corner and dipped, sending my stomach flying. Dane had never driven too fast. He was methodical in everything he did, quietly moving ever forward. He had done much in his years since grad school, establishing Cimarron and making it a national think tank for those involved in gerontology. After high school we had essentially ceased communication for years before Cimarron came about. Then when Mother finally got to the point in her descent into Alzheimer’s that she needed fulltime institutionalized care, I gave him a call. I hadn’t been able to find a facility that I was satisfied with for more than a year, when a college friend had shown me the magazine article on the opening of Cimarron and its patron saint, Dane McConnell.

“Good looking and nice to old people,” she had moaned. “Why can’t I meet a guy like that?”

“I know him,” I said, staring at the black-and-white photograph.

“Get out.”

“I do. Or did. We used to be…together.”

“What happened?” she asked, her eyes dripping disbelief.

“I’m not sure.”

I still wasn’t sure. Things between us had simply faded over the years. But when I saw him again, it all seemed to come back. Or at least a part of what we had once had. There always seemed to be a submerged wall between us, something we couldn’t quite bridge or blast through. So we had simply gone swimming toward different shores.

Mother’s care had brought us back together over the last five years. With the congestive heart failure that was taking her body, I supposed the link between us would finally be severed. I would retreat to Colorado, and he would remain in our beloved Taos, the place of our youth, of our beginnings, of our hearts. And any lingering dream of living happily ever after with Dane McConnell could be buried forever with my unhappy memories of Mother.

I loosened my hands on the wheel, realizing that I was gripping

it so hard my knuckles were white. I glanced in the rearview mirror, knowing that my reverie was distracting me from paying attention to the road. It was just that Dane was a hard man to get over. His unique ancestry had gifted him with the looks of a Scottish Highlander and the sultry, earthy ways of the Taos Indians. A curious, inspiring mix that left him with both a leader’s stance and a wise man’s knowing eyes. Grounded but visionary. A driving force, yet empathetic at the same time. His employees loved working for him. Women routinely fell in love with him.

I didn’t know why I could never get my act together so we could finally fall in love and stay in love. He’d certainly done his part. For some reason I’d always sensed that Dane was waiting for me, of all people. Why messed-up, confused me? Yet there he was. I’d found my reluctance easy to blame on my mother. She didn’t love me as a mother should, yada-yada, but I’d had enough time with my counselor to know that there are reasons beyond her. Reasons that circle back to myself.

I’d always felt as if I was chasing after parental love, but the longer I chased it, the further it receded from my reach. It left a hole in my heart that I was hard-pressed to fill. God had come close to doing the job. Close. But there was still something there, another blockade I had yet to blast away. I would probably be working on my “issues” my whole life. But as my friend Michaela says, “Everyone’s got issues.” Supposedly I need to embrace them. I just want them to go away.

“Yeah,” I muttered. Dane McConnell was better off without me. Who needed a woman still foundering in her past?

I had to focus on Mother. If this was indeed the end, I needed to wrap things up with her. Find closure. Some measure of peace. Even if she couldn’t say the words I longed to hear.

I love you, Krista.

Why was it that she had never been able to force those four words from her lips?


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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    This was a new author to me so I had no clue what to expect as f

    This was a new author to me so I had no clue what to expect as far as writing style. The main character, Krista, must return home to be with her mother who is dying. While home she reconnects with an old boyfriend. The book has a Christian message of reconnecting with God and offering forgiveness for things that happened in the past. She has to reconcile with her mother and a huge secret about her mother comes to light. It is a very engrossing story with a good message of faith, trust, and forgiveness. I think I found a new author to add to my reading list!

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

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    "MERCY COME MORNING" (GMTA REVIEW)

    Book Title: "Mercy Come Morning"
    Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
    Published By: Waterbrook Press
    Age Recommended: 18 +
    Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
    Raven Rating: 5

    Review: Having a grandmother in a nursing home, suffering from Dementia and the first stages of Alzheimer's this book really hit home. Alzheimer's is a disease that can really devastate a family and hurt so many. It's hard to watch a loved one drift further and further away from you every day and there's nothing that can be done about it.

    In this novel, Krista Mueller has been out of touch with her mother, Charlotte for several years. Now an entire decade has gone by since her mother began her battle with Alzheimer's and she has recently been diagnosed with heart failure. Feeling her mother slipping further away, Krista returns to the home of her youth to spend those last precious days with her mother and hope to recapture a relationship they never really had the chance to have.

    The book is beautiful and at the same time heart-wrenching. So many valuable messages are conveyed in this novel that reading it can give a person a much better understanding of just how important family relationships are. I highly recommend this novel and intend to read more of Lisa Tawn Bergren's passionately written works.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

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    Excellent Story of Forgiveness and Alzheimers

    Krista Mueller has to face it ¿ her mother is dying. Worse, her mother has been suffering from Alzheimer¿s disease for the past 20 years. There are issues that Krista needs to resolve with her mother before it¿s too late.
    Krista¿s mother has the best care possible, at an Alzheimer¿s facility run by expert gerontologist Dane McConnell. And that presents another problem, because Dane was Krista¿s high school love. As she makes the five hour trek from Colorado back to her home town of Taos, New Mexico, Krista has a lot on her mind.
    Bergeron has written a touching story about unresolved family issues, forgiveness, and caring for Alzheimer¿s patients. This book was originally published in 2002 as Christmas Every Morning. I am glad that I did not try to read it when it was originally published, as my father was suffering from Alzheimer¿s at the time and I would not have been able to read this book. Even eight years later, I cried throughout the last 50 pages. I highly recommend this well-written story.
    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Blogging for Books program for this review.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Worthwhile and heartwarming

    Krista has been trying to move on, create her own life, but now her mother is dying of Alzheimer's and an old friend convinces her to return. Krista agrees, deciding that its time for her to come to peace with her relationship with her mother. But it also means dredging up things she'd rather forget, not only with her mother but with the ex-boyfriend she never really forgot. Can a book of Christmas carols help her find out something new about what was really going on with her mother?
    I definitely enjoyed this book, although I will say that if you are looking for a quick and easy feel-good read you should turn in the opposite direction, this is a book that will probably take more time and thought. I liked watching Krista learn that her mother wasn't quite the person she always thought, although it broke my heart. To see the way Krista's mother truly did love her, but could never manage to show it, was really sad. It was interesting to learn about Alzheimer's, I felt so awful for Krista's mother as you see (through her journals) the way her mind had become tangled up and how frustrating it was. Still, this book had its downsides too, a few cheesy moments and a random insertion of the title that felt more like the author put it there just to make a connection rather than picking a title because of the book. Also, I really just couldn't totally get into the characters, they just didn't really make me feel as much as others have. Of course, this is probably just me. All in all this is a worthwhile and heartwarming read.
    I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah's blogging for books program in exchange for my review.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    A Story of Love and Redemption

    I found this book to be very eye opening and heartwarming. Krista had a hard time growing up with only her mother because her mom had personal issue the caused her to not be able to show her own daughter affection a lot of the time. Which led to Krista not ever feeling that she was a good enough daughter. But what I feel the writer, Lisa Tawn Bergren, was trying to do was build up the story to a part where the main character can feel loved and redeemed by not just her mom but by God too.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    A STORY OF LOVE, HEALING & FORGIVENESS

    Reading the description of Mercy Come Morning really hit home and I knew I needed to read it. The main character, Krista, is trying to reconcile her feelings about her mother and get over the bad relationship she had in the past with her. Krista is angry, frustrated, and unable to get past the negative feelings she has for her mother-before and after the Alzheimer's hit.


    We are going through the stages of Alzheimer's with my mother right now. Although we had a good enough relationship while I was growing up, I've had many internal conflicts about her since I've been her caregiver for the last 4 years. I know she can't help her actions and I know I shouldn't take them personally, but I have a tendency to resent her---especially lately. Like Krista, I need to lean harder on my faith and forgive mom, as well as myself, so that I don't end up bitter like Krista. Plus, like Krista, it's so hard to have your loved one so changed from what you knew all those years growing up. We have our own expectations of who mom should be even though she can't live up to them anymore. That's where we have to forgive mom, ask for forgiveness and accept her for who she is.......now.


    When I began reading Mercy Come Morning, it was a bit slow. But after getting past the first few chapters, I began to feel connected with Krista. The descriptions of Taos, both the community and the winter weather, was so vividly written that I could picture it in my mind. And I loved all the thought and research Ms. Bergren put into Cimarron Care Center. It sounds like paradise for Alzheimer's patients and their families. It's too bad nothing like Cimarron exists in real life. Ms. Bergren definitely has a way with words and drawing the reader into her story.


    Thankfully Krista reconnected with her "grandmother" Elena and her old beau, Dane. While going through those last days with her mother, Krista needed the love and support found in both of them. Their different perspectives on mom's past helped Krista find the healing and forgiveness she needed. Sometimes appearances are deceiving and once Krista found out the reasons between her mother's actions, she knew she had to apologize to her mother even though mom may not hear it.


    Even with the slow start and some predictability surrounding Krista and Dane's relationship, I give Mercy Come Morning 4 stars. Reading the book actually gave me some peace with my mother's situation. Now I'm beginning to know compassion and empathy toward mom--healing and forgiveness are only a few steps away.


    I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah's "Blogging for Books" as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Love Forgiveness and Second Chances

    My Review

    Krista and her mom Charlotte never really get along well, resulting in a lot of bitterness and emotional problems for Krista. Growing up without a dad didn't help at all either. It wasn't until Krista rec'd a call from Dane McConnell, director of the awesome nursing home for Alzheimer's patients where Charlotte has spent the last 5 years that Krista really had a chance to understand her mom's life. As Krista spends Charlotte's last days with her, with the help of high school sweetheart Dane, she begins to understand her mom and the reasons behind her mom's behavior throughout her life. She also has to decide if she really wants a second chance with Dane, or will their relationship always just be friends.

    This book started off kinda slow for me, but after several chapters I started to enjoy this story of Krista as she spends her mom's final days searching for answers. And Dane was just adorable and crazy about Krista, but why couldn't she just say yes to him and stop dragging it on! This would be a good book for someone that has spent a lifetime of not getting along with their mom, or someone losing a mom to Alzheimer's. This is truly a story of love and forgiveness and second chances.

    I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah blogging for books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Second Choices and Second Chances

    Imagine growing up as an only child, never really knowing your father and having an older mother with an undiagnosed mental illness. Fast forward a few years and your mother is beginning to show signs of Alzheimer's and you're in college. You do the best that you can but as the disease progresses and your studies continue you realize you can't do it by yourself and you don't want to for much longer. Fast forward a few more years and now your mom has congestive heart disease and is dying. You haven't visited in a few years but now you have to go for one last visit. This is the premise of Mercy Come Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren. Krista Mueller is now in her late thirties and a college history professor. She has left all that is familiar from New Mexico behind, including her mother, as she tries to make a life for herself in Colorado. She's comfortable with her life until she receives the phone call stating that her mother is dying. Krista realizes that there are unresolved emotions with regard to her mother. She felt that her mother never loved her and left her alone to fend for herself and was hypercritical of her with respect to her dancing skills. The last thing Krista wants to do is return to New Mexico but she knows that she must. As Krista tries to resolve her feelings about her mother, she must also confront her feelings about Dr. Dane McConnell. Dane is a childhood friend, her first true love and the director of the nursing home that cares for her mother. She also has a surrogate mother in Elena, an old family friend. Krista is someone trying to do the right thing, initially for all the wrong reasons. But as time progresses she realizes that her mother didn't have an easy life and that she tried to do the best she could. I found most of the characters realistic in their actions if not somewhat flat. Krista comes across initially as a childish and somewhat selfish woman. It's hard to imagine someone in their late thirties being so self-absorbed and spoiled. I also found it somewhat unrealistic to expect that the joy of holiday celebrations is the impetus to get Krista to accept her mother as is and begin to "heal her heart." This seemed a little trite and overly simplistic in my opinion. Mercy Come Morning seems to ultimately be about second chances and acceptance. Krista learns to accept and love her mother with all of her faults. Krista also learns to accept her own personal limitations and the knowledge that she cannot control everything and everyone. The ending was a bit trite but overall this is a decent story about self-discovery, self-acceptance and family . . . especially the necessity to accept our family members as is.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Honest Lesson on Forgiveness

    Mercy Come Morning (Previously Released as Christmas Every Morning)
    By Lisa Tawn Bergren
    Published by WaterBrook Press

    Mercy Come Morning is the story of one woman's struggle to overcome a very painful past and find some semblance of closure with her mother, who's at the center of it all.

    The last thing Krista Mueller wants to do is return home. Its been years since she last faced her estranged mother Charlotte; but when she receives an adamant request from childhood friend Dan McConnell, she knows she must return. Charlotte who suffers from Alzheimer's disease is dying of congestive heart failure, and there is little time remaining.

    Returning to Taos, New Mexico is a conflicting experience for Krista. The place itself is magical; alive with deep and vivid color, fragrant scents, and the rhythm of music. But her memories of loneliness, abandonment and abuse, overwhelm her. Patient and kind, Dane does his best to coax her into achieving the closure he knows she needs so she won't spend the rest of her life burdened by regret.

    When Krista is given an old "journal" of her mothers, she's afforded a never before seen glimpse into her mothers thoughts, before and during the onset of Alzheimer's. These insights, along with the love and support of her friends, awaken things long buried and leads Krista to a life-changing conclusion.

    While written for a general audience, Mercy Come Morning will be particularly poignant for those who have friends or loved ones suffering with Alzheimer's or other forms of Dementia. Bergren does an amazing job developing her two leading female characters and the chasm that has been built between them, making forgiveness seemingly impossible. As someone who has wrestled with similar circumstances, this book rang true and honest in its depiction of the struggle, and I found the close incredibly satisfying.

    I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their BloggingForBooks program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Mercy Come Morning

    Mercy Come Morning is an exciting story about the women Krista Muller, whose mother has Alzheimer and is kept in a first-class nursing home for patient who has Alzheimer. Krista Mulle, the main character n the novel, is not an unique character, but she is fun to read about and as you read, makes you feel close to her as if your knew her personally.

    The story line and ending was a predictable story line, without the twists you would expect in novel like this one. For example, no real miracle happen during the novel. By no real miracle I mean, during the novel her mother did not just get cured of Alzheimer. This novel would be really nice for a car trip or if you had a few spare hours wherever you are. The story is a quick and easy read.

    I would recommend this story to any of my family or friends.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    'Mercy Come Morning' - Previously Released As 'Christmas Every Morning'

    Krista Mueller and her mother, Charlotte, aren't close. Charlotte has had Alzheimer's for more than a decade and is now dying of heart failure. Krista, upon Dane McConnell's (Krista's first love and the director of the nursing home) insistence, drives the 5 hour drive to Taos, New Mexico to sit and hopefully mend the relationship she has with her mother. This is the third book I've read by Lisa Bergen, but it's the first book that wasn't YA. I thought 'Mercy Come Morning' started off a bit slow and didn't really grab my attention until I was about half-way through. I didn't at first connect with the characters but, as I continued to read, I found that I liked them more and more. I found Krista's story really sad - she longed for her father who was never there, she felt like her mother never loved her, and something terrible happened to her when she was seventeen. I loved the story of grace and forgiveness, but I didn't like the Spanish words and phrases (even though it fit the story) because at times I found it difficult to interpret and follow along (I only know a little Spanish). All in all, I liked 'Mercy Come Morning' and I think it had a good message. 3.5 stars *I received 'Mercy Come Morning' from the publisher through their Blogging for Books program. The opinions I've expressed are my own.*

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    A story of forgiveness

    I picked this book to review because I had read some books by this author many years ago. It wasn't anything like I was expecting based on my previous experience, but I'm so glad I chose to read it.

    The story begins with a woman returning home to her mother's death bed. Her mother has Alzheimer's disease so in some ways she's already gone. But Krista returns to settle some issues in her own mind about things that happened when she was a child. She's also dealing with a lost love and the ramifications of starting the relationship again.

    The story deals with the pains and inadequacies we see from our childhood perspectives. Sometimes our parents aren't what we thought they were. And sometimes we understand things better when we are in their shoes.

    This story will resonate with those who are dealing with relatives who have Alzheimer's, but it also touches on the relationship between children and parents vs. grown children and their parents.
    It's about past, present and future. It's about love, forgiveness and opening our hearts to love.

    I enjoyed the story as a story. But I also appreciated the theme of forgiveness running through. The author wrote in such a way that lead me to believe she's lived (or thoroughly researched) this experience. And to me this is the sign of a great writer; writing that pulls me in with their words and places me in the story. I felt like I would recognize the care facility where her mother was staying or the town where Krista grew up. Wonderful writing and a wonderful story of redemption.

    I received this book free of charge from WaterBrook Press in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    A Look at Second Chances

    Krista has always wanted her Mom to show love and affection to her but she never did. Her Mom now has Alzheimers and has been placed in a special home for Alzheimers patients ran by Krista first love Dane.
    Krista had left the area and tried to make a go of her life but the walls she had built kept getting in the way. When Dane called to tell her she needed to return home because her Mom was dying she went.
    There she discovered an old book of songs that her Mom had written notes in that made the walls come down when she realized her Mom did love her and so did Dane.
    I received this book free by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for me to read and review. I do not have to give it a thumbs up but I really enjoyed the book and I think you will too.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Engaging storytelling

    When I first started reading this book I was pretty sure what to expect. The back cover synopsis went something like this-a woman looking to re-connect with her alzheimers ridden mother, a man from her past she hadn't forgotten, second chances, etc. Perhaps, like me, you're thinking "cliche" or I know what's going to happen already. And you may be right. But...

    The good news is, the author's talent actually makes the journey seem fresh and believable. We see everything through the eyes of Krista, daughter of Charlotte, who is suffering through her last days of alzheimers. Krista receives a phone call from Dane, owner of Cimmaron, the facility where Charlotte lives, to come see her mother before it's too late. Fighting back her past/present hurt and anger, Krista drives to Taos Mexico, dreading the return to her childhood home and Dane, the man she's left behind more than once...

    Each of the characters in this novel was interesting, full of depth and dimension, plus the setting was described so vividly, I wished I were there touching the snowflakes or feeling the crisp winter air on my skin. The mexican culture and dance scenes were an added bonus which also brought some extra warmth to the plot. I found the tid bits about alzheimers as well as the flashbacks from Krista's past, to be subtly woven in to the storyline without merely being thrown there as obvious add-ons. The build up to the finale was well nuanced, keeping my interest throughout, until I breathed a small sigh and felt a smile on my face at the outcome. The relationship between Krista and Charlotte was relatable on many levels, not just to those dealing with the horrors of disease, but every day life. Who hasn't felt anger, frustration, jealousy, bitterness or some strong emotion in a mother/daughter relationship; or any other, for that matter? But as this story shows us, a lot has to do with perspective. Not just ours, but those around us. Krista realizes, she's not the only one who has suffered over the years, but by refusing to acknowledge this, she has shut out those closest to her. Will she let down her walls and be open to finding the truth or continue on her path of self destruction? And what about Dane, her childhood sweetheart, who still has feelings for Krista despite everything? I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book...and if you are a fan of well written, engaging, emotionally satisfying stories, I'm betting you will too!

    This book was given to me by the publisher for review purposes in return for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    an okay read

    Mercy Come Morning is a contemporary work of Christian fiction by Lisa Tawn Bergren.

    I rarely read fiction, fewer than five books of fiction in a year compared to over 300 non-fiction books in a year.

    This book was a little better than I expected, although to be honest it had a predictable story line and ending, without the twists you expect in other genres of fiction work.

    Bergren's development of Krista, the lead character in the novel, makes you feel close to her as if you know her personally, and you hurt for her for what she has gone through.

    This would be a nice read for a car trip or a few hours on a porch or at the beach. It goes by quickly and is an easy read.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Multnomah in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion here is entirely my own.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Interesting read

    Krista has been running from home, her mother, and her one love for years. Now her mother is dying, and she is being called home. What will happen when she discovers an old journal of her mothers? As Krista comes to understand her mother she is able to let go of the anger that she has towards her. As she lets go, so is also able to turn to the one man that she has ever loved. Krista is able to experience a homecoming. I enjoyed the characters in the story. My heart ached for the young Krista and all that she had to go through in her life. It was wonderful to see her finally forgive her mother, and accept the love that Dane has for her. I would give this book 3/5 stars.

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