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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This book was amazing. Dec 31, Pages. 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.

Sister Regina is fantastic and her metamorphosis from nun to woman is terrific. The romance which she writes are spenxer wonderful, and realistic. The whole “asking forgiveness when you’ve done nothing wrong” and “submitting with obedience” to hypocrites and self-righteous asshattery makes my blood boil.

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. In the meantime, Krystina’s sister, Irene, struggles with feelings she has heacen had for her brother-in-law, but kept suppressed. It was about a nun who fell in love with a widow and his children.

It is set in small town Minnesota. This was a very touching read by a talented author. But when a tragic accident cuts Krystyna’s life short, Eddie is sure his heart is broken forever.

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Feels like a load of man-made rules set up just to ensure you fail, but hey, what do I know. Joseph’s school, has always felt a special affinity for the family. 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.


As time goes on, Regina and the widowed Eddie start to fall in love. It’s set less than years ago, but it may as well have been much longer because the life was so different from today. That’s Then Came Heaven. Dove Entertainment Inc Availability: 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.

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. The story of a community in tragedy, banding together to support one of its own, was also uplifting. She is responsible for three of my favorites; Morning GloryBittersweetand Years. Now, the strict rules of the Benedictine sisterhood, which once gave her life a sense of meaning, chafe at her.

This is definitely not a terrible book. Two of the most respected members of the community are Eddie Olczek, the janitor for the church and school and his wife Krystyna.

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I hope someday she may consider writing again, otherwise I will continue to enjoy A wonderful story of a simpler time lavyrrle family, neighbors and church were central to a community. A Literary Guild Main Selection.

It’s evocative of a time, and a place, and a faith central to the author’s life, and this shows – even glows – throughout the book, and it makes for a very nice the to a lovely career.

Yet her religious vows prevent her from becoming too close to them, even in their time of need. It is about a man whose spencerr is killed. 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. It seemed a little soon to me.


The romance got lost in the shuffle sometimes and that frustrated me. Sister Regina is forbidden by Holy Law to show any real feelings heavej the children or Mr. In a small town in Minnesota a loving wife and mother tries to beat a train and is killed. These “ordinary” men and women are warm and vulnerable and are always portrayed sympathetically.

I have GOT to get a copy of this book. Why was the lead character so driven at his job as the church caretaker? To ask other readers questions about Then Came Heavenplease sign up.

Trivia About Then Came Heaven. Time passes, and Sister Regina and Eddie Olczak continue to cross paths. Add to Cart Add to Cart. As friends and relatives rally around the family in the dark theb and weeks that follow, there is one person who is unable to express what the loss of Krystyna means to her. The tyen starts out with a terrible accident as a car, driven by Krystyn LaVyrle Spencer’s last book as she retired from writing. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

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This remains a favourite of mine and is a definite keeper. It turned out to be the last book she wrote before she decided to retire in Lavyrl 08, Susan rated it spenecr it. Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment. Sounds like The Sound of Music, doesn’t it? This book is a good old-fashioned love story but, of course, not without its ups and downs.

It was published in However, this could have been due to the fact that novel was set in the s.