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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She has completely captured the ‘s small town America that is sheltered and nourished by the Catholic church.

Buy Then Came Heaven: The rules of the community, which once had provided her with a sense of comfort and stability, now seem like a straitjacket — binding her, and preventing her from expressing her feelings. Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail spsncer, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag.

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. Mar 08, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Why was the lead character so driven at his job as the church caretaker? Haeven was subtle, then suddenly it wasn’t. A grief-stricken widower learns to open his heart again in LaVyrle Spencer’s touching and emotionally charged new novel. Late summer, Browerville, Minnesota, The story starts out with a terrible accident as a car, driven by Krystyn LaVyrle Spencer’s last book as she retired from writing.


Jun 16, Dennis Mitton rated it liked it. And the book is a picture-perfect moment in time. It was about a nun who fell in love with a widow and his children.

It is about a man whose wife is killed. Lists with This Book. A small Town, Catholic community, is the setting, and I plan to pass this book on to my childhood friend who is Catholic.

Who couldn’t love it?

Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer (1997, Hardcover)

The setting of small town s Americana almost becomes a character itself. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Their rules of life restrain them from giving into their grief and openly expressing their sympathy, which is especially hard on Sister Regina. A little bit lavyroe, and comes together a bit too easily at the end, but a good story anyway.

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I liked that this is set in the ies, and life was more simple then, and I liked how the lavyfle was able to tell this love story with so much reverence and dignity. It was this book, in fact, that prompted me to write my own first novel since childhood – not the book itself, really, but the touching afterword in which the author discusses her retirement.

Joseph’s church is a central part of their lives. Aug 06, Barbara M rated it really liked it Shelves: It was good, I liked her writing style so Ghen picked this one in a library search.

Time passes, and Sister Regina and Eddie Olczak continue to cross paths.


Even as she questions her vocation and makes the decision of whether or not to leave it, never is the Catholic church negatively treated. Stay in Touch Sign up. Time passes, and Sister Regina and Eddie Olczak continue to cross paths.

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About Then Came Heaven Can love survive a shattering loss? 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 enginee I love this book.

All of the characters aside from Sister Cane Charles are immensely likable, and it was the perfect escapist novel for me to read before bed while working on a major research project. See details for additional description.

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Then tragedy strikes — Krystyna is killed by a train as she ill-judgedly ca,e across the track. I enjoyed this book as a piece of Americana, but to be truthful, it did not have the emotional intensity of Morning Glory nor the sweep of Years. Krystyna was everything to him’his true companion.