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. ""A timeless tale, to be kept every day in the heart as a reminderthat forgiveness is a gift to self.""--PATRICIA HICKMAN, author of" The Pirate Queen "Previously released as "Christmas Every Morning"