Mercy Come Morning by: Lisa Bergren
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.
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.
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