Krista Mueller seems to be in a good place in her life. She has a successful career and is respected and well-liked. She also lives hundreds of miles from her hometown and the mother she could never really please.
But her mother, Charlotte, is suffering from heart failure and death is imminent. Krista rushes down to New Mexico to sit by her estranged mother's side. But in the midst of battling her feelings of loss, abandonment and relief, she finds herself unsettled by her proximity to Dane McConnell. He's not only the director of the nursing home, he was also Krista's first love. Being around Dane makes her wonder if everything could be reconciled. She also wonders if she can close the gap between her and her mother. Will she be able to open parts of her heart she had thought were closed off forever?
I love Lisa T. Bergren, so I was very excited to read this. The cover of the book has this really nice deep blue color which I find very appealing and draws you in. But I had also read the description before and it honestly sounded really sad, so I almost did not want to read it. Yet ultimately I did and don't regret it. I enjoyed the story, though it was indeed tragic and somewhat depressing. The diseases that Charlotte is dying from are just very sad and things which no one should have to deal with. The characters in this novel were really excellent though. And I really love that it was Christmas memories that brought Krista and Charlotte closer together again. It was just very heart warming and saddening at the same exact time - a bittersweet kind of book. But that also made it very realistic and comforting in many ways for those who have or are going through tragedies in their lives and families.