Book Review: Mercy Come Morning

3 Dec

Leaving her mother in the nursing home Alzheimer’s unit, Krista Mueller drives away, intending never again to see the woman who wounded her so deeply. Ten years later the facility’s director calls, telling her he has something of her mother’s she must see. Should she —or can — she go back?




Lisa Tawn Bergren is a best-selling author of more than thirty books, including The Captain’s BrideThe Busy Mom’s Devotional, and the God Gave Us children’s book series. She and her husband, Tim, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado with their three children. Visit her website at


My Impressions:

Mercy Come Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren was originally released as Christmas Every Morning.  I assume the publisher changed the title so that the book would be not relegated to the Christmas novel section of the book store.  But to me, it is a Christmas book.   Krista Mueller is home in Taos, New Mexico to visit her mother, Charlotte, who is in the last days of her battle with Alzheimer’s.  She left Taos years before when the care of her mother and the bitter memories of her childhood became too much for her.  Now she is summoned back to confront her fears, doubts, regrets and anger.  Set in the month of December, the novel uses the Christmas season, traditions and carols to tell Krista and Charlotte’s story.

Mercy Come Morning was an okay read for me.  It was a little slow and a little predictable.  And I really did not connect with the characters.  There seemed to be a lot of backstory that was dribbled out to the reader, and I was left feeling like I didn’t really get the whole story.  And though there is a positive resolution for Krista and Charlotte, the ending left me feeling sad.

(I received Mercy Come Morning from Library Thing as part of their Early Reviewer program.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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