Monday, September 12, 2011

Mercy's Chances

Mercy Come Morning
By: Lisa Tawn Bergren
I had the opportunity to review Mercy Come Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren. It has previously been published under another title, Christmas Every Morning.
The cover and synopsis drew me to this novel, and I just had to find the story behind the cover.
I have never read a novel such as this one. I felt such emotions through this book, and by the end I was crying. I am not easily moved, but I was so swept up in this novel I couldn‘t contain certain emotions.
The main character, Krista Mueller, receives a call from the care center her Alzheimer mother resides in. She is told her mother only has a few weeks at most and she needs to come back ASAP. Krista is very reluctant to return to her hometown of Taos, New Mexico. Her longtime old friend, (and childhood sweetheart) and care center owner, Dane McConnell urges her back. expressing the importance and explaining they found something that she needs to see in her mother’s room.
Hesitantly Krista returns to her hometown as well as to her mother’s side. She can’t but help to hope everything is all over with soon enough as she doesn’t want to be there, and she can’t stir up the emotions a mother and daughter SHOULD feel for one another. If that isn’t bad enough she can’t let herself feel emotions towards Dane even though he clearly tries to connect with her.
As she starts to read an old diary of sorts that her mother kept in a Christmas carol book, she starts to see a side of her mother that she never would’ve thought her capable. As the story switches back from Krista’s past and present as well as her mother’s personal entries she finds herself reassessing her entire life and all of her past. God has always been a presence in her life, but can He help her to truly forgive not only a bitter mother she never understood, an old flame who keeps trying to re-ignite their passion, but herself as well? Because of such a troubled past will she ever be able to open the part of her heart that she thought would forever be closed?
I loved the fact that this book made me feel as if I was there in person. I truly have no complaints about this novel at all. It would particularly make a good Christmas gift as it is centered around the holiday, and the message it reveals is a great one. It sends off a great message of forgiveness, and never giving up on God even through the most challenging of times. It shows if we let God lead us, we will end up exactly where we should be, no matter how far off the path we have gotten. It is a fantastic story of redemption as well, and not one I will forget anytime soon.

If you want a copy you can get one HERE

Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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