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.
I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for this review.
This is a story of a mother and daughter, lost to each other but slowly finding their way back. Charlotte suffers from Alzheimer's, and Krista struggles to find compassion for a mother who seemingly had no compassion for her. Through letters and notes, Krista discovers her mother's past and feelings. This brings understanding and closure to Krista's childhood.
When Charlotte finally goes to Heaven, Krista has a peace that only comes from God. The closure she has with her mother allows her to grow in other relationships. I can relate to Krista's feelings on losing her Mom, since my Mom has been gone for 3 years.
Normally I skip past the author's "To the Reader" letter in the back of the book, but for some reason I read this one. I definitely ask that anyone who reads this story finishes it with that letter.
My final grade for this book is a five out of five. I seem to be giving those a lot, but there are a lot of great books out there. If you know someone with Alzheimer's, if you've ever lost a mother, or if you are just interested in a good read, I recommend this book to you.
From the back of the book: "Krista Mueller is in a good place. She has 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 gently spirit-
and a surprising discovery about her mother- make Krista wonder if she can at last close the distance between herself and her mother...and open the part of her heart she thought was lost forever. "
My review: This was another book that kept me reading till the wee hours of the morning. Lisa Tawn Bergren does a great job weaving a story that will draw you in. You will cheer for Dane and Krista, feel anger toward Charlotte, and finally understand the power of forgiveness. This is a story that will cause you to think about what is truly important in life. I also like the way the book was written. The actual time-frame for the story was a few days, but facts from the past were needed for understanding. These facts were written as memories and placed between the chapters. Anyone would benefit from the lessons presented in this book, but I highly recommend this to those who did not have a very good relationship with a parent. I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
For anyone struggling with the issues surrounding Alzheimer's, this story brings hope. I can see how many have been touched by this book. It is a nice story about a daughter's struggle as her mother's health steadily declines.
The book is an easy read and gives a reader a chance to watch someone else overcome a hurt past. Healing and hope comes in many ways even in death.
To be honest, the book was not great, but it was decent. I found some of the descriptions lacking while other descriptions were too wordy. The backdrop of New Mexico was as much a character in the story as Dane or Elana. Yet when the main character, Krista, comes to a new understanding about her past and reconnects with her first love, only one paragraph is dedicated to the one hour long conversation that brought healing and restoration between Dane and Krista.
In summary, the book is decent and reaches a unique demographic.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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.