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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All of the characters aside from Spencrr 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.

Sister Regina is fantastic and her metamorphosis from nun to woman is terr Probably my favorite of all LaVyrle Spencer’s books.

Then Came Heaven

Krystyna was everything to him’his true companion. Now, the strict rules of the Benedictine sisterhood, which once gave her life a sense of meaning, chafe at her. It was good, I liked her writing style so I picked this one in a library search. They are both afraid though, that if they marry they will scandalize the town. Published December 8th by Putnam Adult first published Lists with This Book.

The love story bears a shocking resemblance to the nun-doctor romance in Call the Midwife, so if you’re a fan of that, it’s a good bet you’ll like this book. Krystyna is described as a young late 20’s wife and mother of two little girls, and a nearly perfect person. Thrilled–and secretly frightened–they both must summon the courage to look lagyrle their hearts and make their own choices.


Her husband, Eddie and her daughters Ann and Lucy are devastated. Return to Book Page.

Spencer’s writing to her readers she was retiring and we could no longer enjoy her stories. The last or so pages made up for it enough to give Eddie and Jean 3 out of 5 stars.

Now the strict rules of the Benedictine sisterhood, which once gave her life a sense of meaning, chafe at her more insistently. Harry Potter Years by J. It also started to happen only 2 months after the wife he loved so much died.

Joseph’s school, has always felt a special affinity for the family. This is not a light reading book, but I am supremely glad that it crossed my path. I am from the area where many of her stories were written and while visiting the town she had resided in, a local resident said she no longer lives there Hasting, Minnesota.

Their relationship was sweet and very gentle. The whole town grieves with him, including the teachers at the school who are Benedictine nuns. Even as she questions her vocation and makes the decision of whether or not to leave it, never is the Catholic church negatively treated.


Spencer is known for creating realistic characters and stories that focus on families rather than only the relationship between a man and woman.

A Literary Guild Main Selection. I love this book. But it’s a very satisfying read.

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It was subtle, then suddenly it wasn’t. I’m not sure how many readers without the Catholic background would understand how well the turmoil that is experienced by Sister Regina is described.

One of the nuns, Sister Regina, is so sad for the children and their father. I liked that this is set in the ies, and life was more simple then, and I liked how the author was able to tell this love story with so much reverence and dignity. Jul 23, Sara Pauff rated it liked it Shelves: I’m sure she will picture herself in many places in the book. I was all set to bristle if Spencer put down the nuns or slighted religious life.

Jun 03, Lana rated it it was amazing Shelves: But, it still moved me, and I still like these characters, and this book, quite a lot.