Mercy Comes in the Morning of forgiveness

Wendy Buxton

4.5 Stars

September 13, 2011

Mercy Come Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a novel about forgiveness. The story starts with thirty-seven year old Krista Mueller, a professor at a college, receiving a call from Dane that her mother is dying of heart failure. Dane is not only the founder and Director of Cimarron , but Krista’s high school sweetheart too. Krista has only see her mother twice since placing her in Cimarron Care Center, a nursing care facility that specialized in Alzheimer patient. Krista is reluctant to go, not only because she is fearful of her feeling towards Dane but also her unresolved feeling towards her mother.
Krista travels back to her home town of Taos, New Mexico to see her mother one last time but her unresolved feelings of being unloved and unaccepted by her mother keep her from being able to say “good bye”.
Among her mother things, Krista finds a Christmas carol book that her mother used as a journal in her younger years. This journal allows Krista to see her mother as a young women with hopes, dreams and desires, not as the uncaring mother she remembers. Dane also tries to reach pass the wall that Krista has put up to keep others far away. Dane never stopped loving Krista, and he pursues her as he helps her to reconcile with her mother. The book was a little slow as it developed the characters, but if you are willing to keep reading the story it is worth the effort. Throughout the book two questions are always on my mind; will Krista forgive her mother before it’s too late and will Krista open up her heart to Dane. Many people can identify with Krista’s feelings of bitterness, sadness, and guardedness, and how all those feeling can washed away with forgiveness. Mercy Come Morning is a powerful story of redemption , as it reminds us that it is never too late to forgive people.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Press as a member of their Blogging for Books program. All opinions are my own.