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Mercy Come Morning

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  56 reviews
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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by WaterBrook (first published August 16th 2002)
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Kitty Honeycutt
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book Title: "Mercy Come Morning"
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Published By: Waterbrook Press
Age Recommended: 18 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: Having a grandmother in a nursing home, suffering from Dementia and the first stages of Alzheimer's this book really hit home. Alzheimer's is a disease that can really devastate a family and hurt so many. It's hard to watch a loved one drift further and further away from you every day and there's nothing that can be done about it.

In this nov
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
There was one reason I wanted to read this book. That reason is because it is about mothers and daughters. Having lost my mom in 1997, I like to read books about mother/daughter relationships, especially those involving forgiveness and redemption. There were two obstacles that almost hindered my enjoyment of this book. One was Krista was not the most likable character in the world and two, the story started a little slow. Once the story got moving and Krista’s attitude started to come around, I ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
"You are an adult now, Krista. You can fight off your own predators. But the biggest one you face is inside you. You know that, don't you?"

Krista Mueller returns to her home in New Mexico around Christmastime to visit her dying mother who was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s twelve years ago, which was the last time she saw her mother when she admitted her to Cimarron Care Center.

She carries around the ghosts of what her mother used to be, all the bad memories and blocks out the good. She’s
Broberg Eva
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiul story...

I have always loved Lisa Tawn Bergen's writing, and this book underscores my stance. The realities of Alzheimer's are so warmly, lovingly portrayed with the sufficiency of God as a loving Father as the balance. Highly recommended!
Jess Van Dyne-Evans
This book did a lot better job with the descriptions of the surroundings and the culture of the area than it did fleshing out the characters. The story jerks along like a half-broken hurdy-gurdy and isn’t very relatable or compelling at all.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I felt like slapping Krista at some point; why would you push someone back for such a long time! Only for you to realize too late there's something else.

This was a great read. If you stumble on this ensure you read it to the last. I need a man like Dane though....Lord!
Dorothy J
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful heartwarming story

I was privileged to join Krista on her journey through past pain, healing of old wounds, forgiveness, and new love. The characters and setting were beautiful! Thank you.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tender and lovely

I always like a book that inspires me and makes me cry. Made me want to hold my loved ones close.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was sad but really good. I think she did a good job with this story.
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Overall Review: There are times when we are hard on ourselves and don’t allow ourselves to have happiness because we don’t feel that we deserve it. This is Krista Mueller’s life motto—she’s successful in her job, but not in her personal life. She pushes everyone away constantly. Once she hears that her mother is dying, she finally faces all of her old ‘skeletons’.

As horrible as Alzheimer’s is, this book is very hopeful, positive and optimistic about it without making it feel trite. I felt so muc
Note: Previously Published as Christimas Every Morning

Krista Mueller's elderly mother is dying, so she returns home to Taos, New Mexico, at the request
of Dane McDonnell, the director of the Cimarron Care Center where her elderly mother lives. Dane is also Krista's first love, and although she initially suggests that she didn’t really know why the relationship never went anywhere, we do get hints as the story progresses. Despite not having spoken for years, Krista's mother now sings Christmas ca
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Imagine growing up as an only child, never really knowing your father and having an older mother with an undiagnosed mental illness. Fast forward a few years and your mother is beginning to show signs of Alzheimer's and you're in college. You do the best that you can but as the disease progresses and your studies continue you realize you can’t do it by yourself and you don’t want to for much longer. Fast forward a few more years and now your mom has congestive heart disease and is dying. You hav ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was unsure how I would like this story – after all it’s about a woman saying goodbye to her mother who has had Alzheimer’s for a very long time and is now dying of congestive heart failure. Doesn’t sound like a very happy or uplifting read. But it is.

Krista Mueller has had a rough life – she never knew her father, her grandparents died when she was 10, her mom was emotionally distant and then during her teen years became noticeably mentally unstable. It wasn’t until Krista was in college that
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Mercy Come Morning (Previously Released as Christmas Every Morning)
By Lisa Tawn Bergren
Published by WaterBrook Press

Mercy Come Morning is the story of one woman’s struggle to overcome a very painful past and find some semblance of closure with her mother, who’s at the center of it all.

The last thing Krista Mueller wants to do is return home. Its been years since she last faced her estranged mother Charlotte; but when she receives an adamant request from childhood friend Dan McConnell, she knows
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
At the outset of this story, Krista is called back home to Taos, New Mexico and the Alzheimer’s care center in which she has placed her mother, Charlotte, for the past several years. Charlotte is being vigilantly cared for by Dane McConnell, who is not only the driving force behind the care center, but also Krista’s high school sweetheart and the man with whom she has just never been able to quite reconcile her feelings.

While the romance between Dane and Krista looms in the background of this st
Cheryl Olson
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
Have you ever had that situation where unfortunately your jewelry box has become a tangled mess? And so with all of those lovely necklaces so bitterly entwined you find that all you are left is beautiful jewelry not being worn because of the knots that mar the beauty of the jewelry and render it useless for the wearer. This exact scenario is reminiscent to me of what the main character Krista Mueller is embroiled in, in the very powerful and healing book Mercy Come Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren.

Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
As far as contemporary novels go, Lisa Bergren has always been one of my favorite authors. I love her laid-back, yet interesting, style of writing that has just enough romantic tension to fulfill my occasional romance novel fix. Mercy Come Morning was such a book, and while it was originally released as Christmas Every Morning (a title I'd read long ago, but had forgotten), I was glad to have had the opportunity to reread it.

This is not a novel for everyone...let me just say that up front. The
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Christian Fiction or Christian Romance
Krista Mueller experienced a difficult childhood and opted to suppress her feelings of loss and abandonment for a happier life far away from her distant mother. While Krista financially provides first-class nursing home treatment for her mother, she sees no reason to revisit her mother or the past. When her ex-boyfriend, Dane McConnell, convinces Krista to temporarily return to her dying mother's bedside, Krista is less than thrilled to be near her mother or her first love. Both evoke feelings l ...more
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Reading the back cover of this book, you would think it was a story about loss. However, it is truly a book about grace... the gift of grace that we receive and that we must give.

Krista is a 37 year old history professor in Colorado Springs who has an extremely estranged relationship with her mother, Charlotte. Charlotte has Alzheimers and is quickly declining from congestive heart failure as well. Reluctantly, Krista returns to her home town, Taos, New Me
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-2012
I don't know if any of you have watched The George Lopez Show, but that is what this book vaguely put me in mind of except in a more serious tone. The lead character's mother drama seemed much like George's on the show. He thinks all his mother's intentions were bad to only find out the underlying reasons she was like she was.
The book did keep my interest though. I wanted to find out what was happening even when the book lulled in spots. I was way more interested in reading about her mother's
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book to review because I had read some books by this author many years ago. It wasn't anything like I was expecting based on my previous experience, but I'm so glad I chose to read it.

The story begins with a woman returning home to her mother's death bed. Her mother has Alzheimer's disease so in some ways she's already gone. But Krista returns to settle some issues in her own mind about things that happened when she was a child. She's also dealing with a lost love and the ramificat
Virginia Campbell
"Mercy Come Morning", by Lisa Tawn Bergren, is a beautifully written story of coming home again, learning to forgive and be forgiven, and letting go in order to move forward. Krista Mueller is called home when her mother, Charlotte, becomes critically ill. Charlotte has suffered from Alzheimer's Disease for many years, and Krista has always ensured that her mother received the best of care. Now, however, her mother is dying, and Krista must face her complicated feelings about her relationship wi ...more
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book to review because I had read some books by this author many years ago. It wasn't anything like I was expecting based on my previous experience, but I'm so glad I chose to read it.

The story begins with a woman returning home to her mother's death bed. Her mother has Alzheimer's disease so in some ways she's already gone. But Krista returns to settle some issues in her own mind about things that happened when she was a child. She's also dealing with a lost love and the ramificat
Joy Petrilli
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I was one of the winners of this book thru Goodreads First Reads. To be quite honest this probably isn't a book I would have picked out at the bookstore, however after reading the summary on the back I decided to enter to win and am happy I did.

Krista seems to have the perfect life until she faces her past as her mother lies dying of heart failure in a fancy nursing home. Krista's childhood friend, Dane, a doctor who established the nursing home, gives her a book of Christmas carols which her mo
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Krista Mueller is a professor of history working in Colorado, but Taos, New Mexico was once her home, and where her mother Charlotte Mueller who suffers from Alzheimer's nursing facility is. A nursing home that's run by Krista's first love Dane McConnell. Krista has only seen her mother twice in the many years she has been at the facility so when she gets a call from Dane telling her that her mother is dying of heart failure she hesitates to go because of unresolved feelings from the past. When ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Krista Mueller and her mother, Charlotte, aren't close. Charlotte has had Alzheimer's for more than a decade and is now dying of heart failure.

Krista, upon Dane McConnell's (Krista's first love and the director of the nursing home) insistence, drives the 5 hour drive to Taos, New Mexico to sit and hopefully mend the relationship she has with her mother.

This is the third book I've read by Lisa Bergen, but it's the first book that wasn't YA.

I thought 'Mercy Come Morning' started off a bit slow and
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Though the relationship between Krista Mueller and Dane McConnell is only half the plot, the hopeless romantic streak deep inside me drew me to read this book, particularly the prospect of a "second chance" with her first love (not really sure why that struck my fancy, but hey, it got me reading). I didn't realize until after I started reading that the book held much more than just a romance.

It holds a story of forgiveness. As Krista spends more and more time at her dying mother's side, she begi
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Mercy Come Morning is the story of Krista, a thirtysomething college professor who has returned to her hometown of Taos, New Mexico, to say goodbye to her dying mother. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease many years ago, Charlotte is in a wonderful facility called Cimarron, managed by Krista's long-ago beau, Dane.

Krista and Charlotte have always had a complicated relationship, made even more challenging by Charlotte's long-time mental health issues, a trail of broken relationships, and Krista's
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I lost my mother in May and after struggling for a few months with guilt, anger, and all that comes along with an imperfect mother-daughter relationship, I decided to seek out a book to help me through those emotions. I expected it to be an extremely emotional ride as the relationship Krista had with her mom sounded very similar to the relationship I had with my mom (a lot of anger, frustration, having to be the parent), but even with all those similarities, the book still didn't affect me as mu ...more
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Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 50 books, with more than 3 million copies sold. She is in the middle of writing The Sugar Baron's Daughters Series (KETURAH, VERITY and SELAH), and recently finished a teen series called Remnants (SEASON OF WONDER, SEASON OF FIRE, and SEASON OF GLORY). She's also written the River of Time Series (WATERFALL, CASCADE, TORRENT,