This book I could not put down!! For real!! It was one of those that you are always curious and interested in what will happen next. Definitely a page turner!
Though this book may be fictional it has a lot of realism to it. I cried, laughed, nodded my head while reading this book. A few things were learned but the main thing I learned is we must forgive those around us NOW, not later because one day we all will be on our deathbed and you can't tell anyone something when their gone. We must love the people we are around right now and enjoy our time together.
Definitely pick up this book! You won't regret it! God bless!
When Alzheimer's disease and congestive heart failure draw Krista Mueller's mother Charlotte even closer to death's door, the estranged daughter comes back to her home town of Taos, New Mexico, to attempt to pick up the pieces of their scarred relationship that never had a real chance to heal.
Coming back to her hometown, thirty-seven year old Krista fights old demons, her long buried feelings for her childhood sweetheart...and realizes her mother's love for the first time in her life by reading through a Christmas carol book where her mother recorded portions of her life and thoughts inside. The words Krista never heard, or felt, from her mother, as well as portions of her mother's lifelong struggles and imperfections were all contained in the humble, childhood Christmas gift.
Lisa T. Bergren writes from a refreshing first person angle, therefore giving even more depth and emotion into the character of Krista. The rich culture of Taos is accurately and beautifully depicted; the setting was inspired by the author's own visit to Taos, and her love of the land and heritage within the gem of the city, shines through like a brilliant diamond.
This gem of a book epitomes bittersweet, heartrending, & the story is also a brilliant testimony to the work of the Lord...and His sovereign plan. You will undoubtedly be blessed by reading this. May your heart be moved and granted hope that even the most hopeless seeming relationship can be restored by God's grace and power.
Mercy Come Morning is about second chances and acceptance.
The main character, Krista, leaves home to go to college, but really to get away from a mother she does not get along with.
Fast forward.....estranged mother is in a nursing home dying....director and high school sweetheart, Dane, contacts Krista to come home as her mom needs her. Reluctantly she returns to find that her mom is also suffering from severe alzheimers. Dane gives Krista her mom's journals. Reading these, Krista sees her mom's heart and finds a love she didn't realize she had for her mom. She learns to accept and love her mother with all of her faults.
This is your typical story, yet enjoyable. While reading it is easy to figure out what comes next. The author did handle the difficult topic of alzheimers wonderfully.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.
Charlotte, an alzheimers patient, is in the last stages of her life. Once a great dance instructor her cultured life has taken her down many roads. Krista, her daughter, has struggled to hold a relationship with Charlotte because of her difficult childhood, yet Krista feels an obligation to provide her with first class care. Krista desparately needs to know of her mothers love for her, never having felt or heard that when she was growing up. Charlotte can no longer communicate. Dane, the director of the facility where Charlotte is living attempts to bridge the gap of understanding between mother and daughter. But can walls so strong be torn down? Can Krista better understand herself or will it be impossible after all this time?
A tender story that will indeed tug at your heart. I found it difficult to put down quite frankly. Scene and plot works as well as dialogue. I was entertained and challenged in my faith. I would recommend this novel to others. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my honest review of this book.
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 homeâ€”and, once upon a time, her first love. Dane's kind and gentle spiritâ€”and a surprising discovery about her motherâ€”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.
Krista Mueller has been making a life for herself despite dealing with her mother, Charlotte, and her Alzheimer's for the last 10 yrs. Charlotte is staying in a nursing home that specializes in Alzheimer's disease which is run my Dane, a long time friend, and someone Krista has loved forever. Dane calls Krista to come from Colorado to Taos, New Mexico because her mother is dying from heart failure. Krista makes the trip to do her duty as a daughter. Krista longed for her mother to love her, protect her but that wasn't their relationship. Once Krista arrives she finds that maybe her judgement of her mother wasn't fair. Krista finds out exactly who Charlotte was and what she went through. Krista finds her way to Jesus and found what forgiveness and love really means.
This is the first book by Lisa Tawn Bergren I have read. It is a wonderful book. I have a heart for Alzheimer's disease and the people who live with it. I have worked with Alzheimer's residents and watched Alzheimer's take both my grandparents. Lisa Tawn Bergren really hits home with the struggles of both sides of this disease. It is obvious that a lot of research went into not just the disease but therapies, and the effects on both patient and caregivers. The characters are very real people who you can relate to. The story is a beautiful tale of forgiveness and finding love when you allow Jesus in your heart. I enjoyed this book tremendously and hope to read more books by Lisa Tawn Bergren.