Because of a precedent setting trial, euthanasia of terminally ill patients becomes a controversial law. Maureen McCullough, a registered nurse, finds herself in the middle of the ensuing maelstrom as she was directly involved in the final passing of her beloved sister. Her friends, colleagues and the public – pro-life and pro-choice groups – all want to influence her actions. She even finds herself fighting for her own life. She is forced to take a hard look at herself and set her moral compass in the direction she believes is best for the patients who ask for her help, all while being betrayed by her closest colleague. Maureen goes on the most personal of all journeys with her patients – listening, noticing, and doing her best to respect their choices.
Gwen Lariviere has had several stories published, along with the novel, The Taking. A former nurse, she has experienced many situations which allow her to write knowledgeably about medical events. Though the patients and other characters are fictional in Morning Town, she draws from her life situation to make them authentic and heartfelt for the reader. She grew up in Alberta, Canada, but spent most of her time nursing and writing for a large pharmaceutical company on Vancouver Island. She now lives in her adopted country of Costa Rica, where she continues to write, and create essential oil products.