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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I like how she developed the story around the beliefs of the people involved and kept them true and pure til the end.

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The last or so pages made up for it enough to give Eddie and Jean 3 out of 5 stars. The story presents life in small town mid-twentieth century America in an idealistic way. Highly recommend this book. Aug 06, Barbara M rated it spencwr liked it Shelves: We follow Eddie and his family deal with their grief over the loss of their wife, mother, daughter and sister.

Then Came Heaven

These are well-rounded characters — neither dried-up bitter women nor plaster saints, but real people. Sister Regina is forbidden by Holy Law to show any real feelings towards the children or Mr.

These “ordinary” men and women are warm and vulnerable and are always portrayed sympathetically.

Anyway, a beautiful story that, as all of her books do, works out to a wonderful and believable ending. It was so touching, heart-breaking Jan 25, Samm Seals rated it liked it. LaVyrle also captures the grief and the sorrow of losing a beloved spouse and mother. It was published in LaVyrle Spencer wrote a collection of the most incredible, and factual period pieces of our modern day time.


This is an updated review and even if this was not one of my favorite books by LaVyrle Spencer, who, for me, is truly a gifted romance author, this is still a lovely and very tender read.

See details for additional description. The most difficult part about this novel was Mrs.

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But lxvyrle a tragic accident cuts Krystyna’s life short, Eddie is sure his heart is broken forever. 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 lwvyrle loss of Krystyna means to her. Joseph’s, the Catholic church that is the cornerstone of Browerville life. Sounds like The Sound of Music, doesn’t it?

Apr 01, Pages. I liked how Spencer went into detail on how Eddie dealt with his grief over his sudden loss and his struggle to cope with suddenly being a single parent. Now the strict rules of the Benedictine sisterhood, which once gave her life a sense of meaning, chafe at her more insistently. About Then Came Heaven Can love epencer a shattering loss?

This was a very touching read by a talented author. Apr 14, Catherine added it. Jan 21, Kacey rated it it was amazing.

Nov 10, Claudia rated it really liked it. Please try again later. We are experiencing technical difficulties. He works at the Catholic Church and school as a janitor and falls in love with a nun who falls in love with him. Hardcover lavydle, pages. The ones with historical settings don’t seem to have dated either, which IMO is quite an achievement for books lavyle in lavvyrle s.


Thrilled–and cams frightened–they both must summon the courage to look within their hearts and make their own choices. Rather boring, and also made me flashback to some old religious rage that Hezven felt when I watched a movie about Saint Therese in college.

Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment. Even as she questions her vocation and makes the decision of whether or not to leave it, never is the Catholic church negatively treated.

Can love survive a shattering loss? A little bit predictable, and comes together a bit too easily at the end, but a good story anyway. Media Books Llc Availability: Then tragedy strikes — Krystyna is killed by a train as she ill-judgedly drives across the track. She has been a loyal Catholic, helping the parish with food, rides, and many other kind deeds. Thank goodness my love of LaVyrle Spencer’s writing outweighs my lack of love for this particular novel of hers.

February 13, Publication Date: Still a pleasant enough book. I know these towns. LaVyrle Spencer is a great read. I loved all the characters, and felt my heart pull for every single one. Jun 23, Addie added it. Can’t believe she’s been missing from life. About this product Synopsis ‘ A Literary Heaveb