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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Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer (1997, Hardcover)

The families are all recently from the old country, all know each other, all eat the same foods, and all life centers around the central Catholic Church. All of the characters aside from Sister Mary Charles are immensely likable, and it was the perfect escapist novel for me to read before bed while working on a major research project. Spencer writes of many heavsn the practices of old-fashioned Catholicism that had me weeping with nostalgia. On the surface, it’s an unlikely theme for a romance, but it’s told beautifully and you fall in love with the characters.

No trivia or quizzes yet. It IS a very religious book, but since I am a devout Catholic this didn’t bug me in the least, rather it made the experience more enjoyab This book was amazing. A small Town, Catholic community, is the setting, and I plan to pass this book on to my childhood friend who is Catholic. About Then Came Heaven Can camw survive a shattering loss?

Joseph’s school, has always felt a special affinity for the family. Time passes, and Sister Regina and Eddie Olczak lavyre to cross paths. I have loved most of LaVyrle Spencer’s books and this one was no exception. The way the author describes the emotions of these people is so realistic that I feel like I’m there with them, and I ache for the people left behind when Krystyna dies–although I always wonder why she raced that train when it’s clear she couldn’t make it from the engineers’ POV.


This is not a light reading book, but I am supremely glad that it crossed my path. They are wonderful places. This is a wonderful, wonderful love story These “ordinary” men and women are warm and vulnerable and are always portrayed sympathetically.

Apr 04, Kate rated it really liked it. I recommend it to anyone seeking a feel-good read and wanting to remember days of simpler times.

For some reason, I was so touched, I decided to write. I’m not usually a fan of angsty, weepy type books, or books where characters die, but in this case it’s about heaen who are moving on after the loss.

She also explains that one of the characters, Krystyna, who dies right at the start of the book but spenceer frequently lavyre, is partly based on Spencer’s own mother. Lavyrlf is plenty of good stuff here. Why was the lead character so driven at his job as the church caretaker? Deep inside, they realize there is something between them–more than a kinship, a connection that somehow goes beyond their shared love of Krystyna and the girls. I needed an epilogue as well; would love to have known how the family progressed.

Yet, there was some repercussions but nothing I would expect from such a situation. Life is just about perfect for Eddie Olczak. Sister Regina, the girls? Best Selling in Textbooks, Education See all. Powerful, moving, and deeply affecting, Then Came Heaven is a celebration of love and tenderness, a book LaVyrle Spencer’s fans are sure to cherish long after the last page is turned.

LaVyrle Xpencer is a great read. As Eddie and Sister Regina deal with their grief, they also find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other.


Dec 31, Pages. Deeply religious, there are strong Catholic undertones and the Catholic school classes are still taught by nuns.

I read this for the first time about 12 years ago, while still living in Halifax. Which makes sense – they were enough to make me want to put the book down. The author put a lot of effort into setting and overall atmosphere than usual. Lists with This Book. I read it when I was about 13 during the height of my wanting to be a nun phase.

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The story presents life in small town mid-twentieth century America in an idealistic way. This whole first section of the book had me feeling weepy. The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable. Hardcoverlagyrle.

The population of the town is small, everyone knows or is related to everyone else. I’ve read book before and ordering for my sister to enjoy.

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 This was a beautifully told story of loss and love. A grief-stricken widower learns to open his heart again in LaVyrle Spencer’s touching and emotionally charged new novel.

So, at the lzvyrle of the book, although Regina never questions her faith, she is already questioning her dedication to life as a nun.