Successful. Accomplished. Respected. Professional. These are all words that Krista could use to describe herself as a professor of history.
Longing. Distant. Thorny. Unloved? These words are directly conflict with the way Krista lives her life. They come to her unbidden, and now she is running out of time.
For the last ten years plus, Krista has lived her life hundreds of miles away and emotionally removed from her mother, who has been robbed by Alzheimer’s. Krista’s relationship with her mother has been a struggle her whole life; feeling like a burden to her mostly single mother; trying-and failing- to please her mother; wishing she could feel loved by her mother. Krista never met her father, and as her mother slips away, she knows she has to face this head on; to try to reconcile the relationship within herself before her only remaining family is physically gone forever.
While hundreds of miles away, Krista has made sure that her estranged mother had the best care possible. That care comes in the form of a skilled nursing facility run by her first (and only?) love, Dane. Krista comes home as the end nears for her mother. Can she face and overcome her demons?
This book had a solid plot and execution. It was entirely too short, though. I really felt like the characters could have been developed even more and the book could have been more revealing. This tells you how much I liked the characters- I wanted more!
While there were relatively few characters, I think they could have had their history explored more- more memories of times and experiences together- without it being detrimental to the story line. I think had this book been longer, I would have definitely given it a 5 star rating. Because of the length, I have to give it 4 stars. This was too short read for me, but the plot and characters were solid. I would definitely recommend this to a friend, but would encourage another title as a companion read, because this book will be over entirely too soon!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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