About the Book
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.
Read the first chapter here.
In Mercy Come Morning, Lisa brought me to a place that terrified me-a place where tomorrows cease to exist and yesterdays are held captive. Alzheimer’s is a silent and lethal tormenter that paralyzes relationships and robs them of future moments of intimacy and joy. In Krista’s story, Alzheimer’s robbed her of the possibility to finally have a meaningful and love filled relationship with her mother…or so she thought.
So much of our lives are based on memories, as was true for Krista. She was plagued by childhood moments of recollection that were immersed in pain and dysfunction. There was no joy in them-instead a sense of loss that was two-fold from the pain of memories repressed and the anguish of memories that haunted. Krista was tormented by both of these, but through her mother’s journal and letters she discovers that memories are not always the whole truth and that relationships can be healed in spite of seemingly insurmountable circumstances. In the midst of all that was lost, Krista finds freedom through forgiveness and joy in creating new memories rooted in love.
Lisa’s has penned a story that stirs the heart and brings hope to hopeless situations.
**Review copy provided by publisher**