A grief-stricken widower learns to open his heart again in this touching and emotionally charged novel from New York Times bestselling author LaVyrle Spencer. Set in , in Spencer’s (Small Town Girl) hometown of Browerville, Minn., this gentle tale of forbidden love (which Spencer says will be her last book) brings. But if you enjoy a leisurely book that captures the life of a bygone time, you will probably enjoy Then Came Heaven. This is LaVyrle Spencer’s.

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Sounds like The Sound of Music, doesn’t it? She has successfully published a number of books, with several spenceg them made into movies. Apr 01, Pages. In the past, Sister Regina had bristled under the constraints of the order, but always reaffirmed her commitment through prayer and contemplation.

Then when the mother of two of her students dies in an accident, Regina is angered and frustrated that she is not, as a nun, allowed to express her sympathy in the natural way she feels it. She leaves behind 2 motherless little girls, a heartbroken sister who has been like a second mother to the girls, and a grief-stricken husband, as well as a young nun who questions God’s wisdom in taking Krystina and her choice to serve as a nun.

Joseph’s, the Catholic church that is the cornerstone of Browerville life. However, I had issues with the development of the romance between Sister Regina and Eddie. They are both afraid though, that if they marry they will scandalize the town.

I must say it is a delightful book and she is a wonderful writer.

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Even as she questions her vocation and makes the decision of whether or not to leave it, never is the Catholic church negatively treated. Browerville is a small town in Minnesota, with a close, mostly Polish, community steeped in Catholicism. Having been raised Catholic in a small town, parts of the book really resonated with me. Sometimes you just need a good, old-fashioned, comforting love story.


It also started to happen only 2 months dame the wife he loved so much died. Books by LaVyrle Spencer. The last or so pages made up for it enough to give Eddie and Jean 3 out of 5 stars. Apr 16, Lavyroe rated it really liked it Recommended to Rebecca by: Add to Cart Add to Cart. Added by 1 of our members.

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The setting is in a small Minnesota town where everyone knows everyone but in a way where the sense of community is strong and people take care of each other. But I enjoyed the story. But if you enjoy a leisurely book that captures the life of a bygone time, you will probably enjoy Then Came Heaven.

I’m sure she will picture herself in many places in the book. To ask other readers questions about Then Came Heavenplease sign up. This book was amazing. Sister Regina, the girls’ teacher at St. As friends and relatives rally around the family in the dark days and weeks that follow, there is one person who is unable to express what the loss of Krystyna means to her.

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Inspired by Your Browsing History. Aug 06, Barbara M rated it lavjrle liked it Shelves: All without the slightest shred of depth or development. Refresh and try again. At times, especially near the beginning, the story has a bit of a ‘Sound of Music’ feel to it. Part of the story was told from a nun’s perspective and told about how the meaningfulness and power of Catholicism, but also how parts of the religion did not seem to make much sense. The population of the town is small, everyone knows or is related to everyone else.


This is a book I like a lot. And you care about these characters right from the start. Any Condition Any Condition.

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Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. In a Catholic community of old school traditions and old school beliefs. LaVyrle Spencer’s books are always interesting and this was no exception, but I would not class it as one of her best. She used such precision and accuracy, through her research.

It is about her journey of discovery about what identifies our spiritual worth in the Kingdom, and yes it is also a love story. Then tragedy strikes — Krystyna is killed by a train as she ill-judgedly drives across the track.

A little bit predictable, and comes together a bit too easily at the end, but a good story anyway. This was a very touching read by a talented author.

Want to Read saving…. Their rules of life restrain them from giving into their grief and openly expressing their sympathy, which is especially hard on Sister Regina. I hadn’t quit reeling and grieving for Krystyna when I saw the first sparks fly between Eddie and Sister Regina.

The most difficult part about this novel was Mrs. It has its cheesy moments and its teary moments you owe me a box of tissues for that first pages, LaVyrlebut overall, it was one of those books that I really looked forward to coming home and reading at the end of the day — which hasn’t happened Sometimes you just need a good, old-fashioned, comforting love story.