Mercy Come Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Don't go another day without telling someone you love them.
This books starts out with the news that her mother is dying. Krista has long since stopped wondering about what might have been with her mother. Now, all those memories and questions come floating to the surface as she travels back to her roots to say goodbye. She reconnects with her old flame from high school, Dane, who is also in charge of the nursing facility that Krista's mother is at. Through the grieving process of watching her mother pass away, Krista must face memories; both positive and negative, in order to give her mother permission to go home.
I have never experienced life with someone who has Alzheimers, but this book gave me a glimpse of what it must be like. I was moved by emotional journey Krista must go through, in order to deal with her past. I have learned in my own life, you must deal with the past in order to truly live in the present. Krista learns this lesson, the more she is able to let go of the pain in her life, the more she is able to let herself be loved by Dane.
I was surprised at the length of this novel, there was so much in this book and yet it wasn't very long. I had wished that Lisa Tawn Bergren had developed a little more of the characters, specifically the realtionship between Krista and Dane. I also longed for more spiritual themes in this book and was a little disappointed by the lack of it.
Deeply moving, great setting, yet wished for more depth. 3 stars
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Publishing Company