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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Jul 20, Jan rated it really liked it Shelves: The way the author describes the emotions of these people is so realistic that I feel like I’m there with spenncer, 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. I strongly recommend this book for a good read.

Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer

Sister Regina has llavyrle a nun since she was Looking for More Great Reads? Melva Noakes is then came heaven on goodreads?

The love and struggles of the main character Regina always effect me very strongly. The love part was pretty low key. Her family always expected that she would join the convent and for years she has been happy with her teaching and her life, but lately she has been having doubts. It was so touching, heart-breaking Life is just about perfect for Eddie Olczak. I read it when I was about 13 during the height of my wanting to be a nun phase.

I recommend it to anyone seeking a feel-good read and wanting to remember days of simpler times. Eddie and Jean were likable characters, but they were not as memorable as Jesse and Abigail from Hummingbird.


When someone who is well-loved by many dies suddenly like that, they are often raised to near sainthood and that is a theme that is overworked in this book. Krystyna was everything to him’his true companion. Wheeler Pub Inc Availability: At times it felt rushed and out of no where.

Detailed Review Summary of Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer

Show More Show Less. Joseph’s, the Catholic church that is the cornerstone of Browerville life. 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 enjoyable.

Can love survive a shattering loss? At the local Catholic school, Sister Regina is the Olczak girls teacher and she is the one who has to break lavyle news to his two young daughters.

Jun 23, Addie added it. Though I am an atheist now, I was raised a strict Roman Catholic with an aunt for a nun and two cousins were priests. I’m sure she will picture herself in many places in the book.

So as all good love stories, this cxme has a happy ending, too. As Sister Regina tries to regain her vows as a nun, she is having second thoughts about whether she should seek dispensation of her vows. Dec 31, Pages.

Can love survive a shattering loss? I enjoyed this book as a piece of Americana, but to be truthful, cxme did not have the emotional intensity of Morning Glory nor the sweep of Years. A devoted husband and father, a man of unshakable faith, he derives intense pleasure from the life he’s built with his beloved wif Can love survive a shattering loss?

No bodice ripping cheese here.

lavyle 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 finish to a lovely career. RowlingHardcover She created this sweet love story around a young Catholic nun questioning her vocation- none of the story was based in fact but I am sure happened more than once.


Then Came Heaven

This is a book I like a lot. Time passes, and Sister Regina and Eddie Olczak continue to cross paths.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I’m not sure the many readers without the Catholic background would understand how well the turmoil that is experienced by Sister Regina is described. It’s a long, slow-burn type of story. Books by LaVyrle Spencer. I went to Catholic school up until 8th grade so I can really relate to a lot of this book.

I’m not usually a fan of angsty, weepy type books, or books where characters die, but in this case it’s about those who are moving on after the loss. The nuns and their life are depicted with truth and fairness. I loved this story of an ordinary man coping with grief carrying on after the death of his wife heaveb the sake of his children and of Sister Regina’s spiritual conflict and affection for Eddie’s girls and growing feelings for Eddie himself.

As Sister Regina and Eddie Olczak continue to cross paths, they realize there is something between them—a connection that somehow goes beyond their shared love of Krystyna and the girls.

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