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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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It’s no spoiler to reveal that Regina leaves the sisterhood, because it’s obvious from the start that’s what will happen. Joseph’s, the Catholic church that is the cornerstone of Browerville life. Her family always expected jeaven she would join the convent and for years she has been happy with her teaching and her life, but lately she lavyr,e been having doubts.

LaVyrle also captures the grief and the sorrow of losing a beloved spouse and mother.

Then Came Heaven Book Summary and Study Guide

Thank you LaVryle for many happy reading hours. A devoted husband and father, a man of unshakable faith, he derives intense pleasure from the life he’s built with his beloved wife, Krystyna, and their two daughters, and is the dedicated handyman for St. Life is just about perfect for Eddie Olczak. LaVyrle Spencer is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels.

Eddie is touched by the tact and concern of the nun towards his two.

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. I must say it is a delightful book and she is a wonderful writer. It turned out to be the last book she wrote before she decided to retire in She created this sweet love story around a young Catholic nun questioning her vocation- non I had found one of her books in a garage sale and read it.


She has been a loyal Catholic, helping the parish with food, rides, and many other kind deeds.

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It was about a nun who fell in love with a widow and his children. Hardcoverpages.

I recommend it to anyone seeking a feel-good read and wanting to remember days of simpler times. Jun 03, Lana rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have read most of her books in the past. And there Eddie and Krystyna Olczak have them bringing up their two little girls, Anne and Lucy, and living quiet but fulfilled, loving lives — Eddie is janitor at St Joseph’s church and school, Krystyna looks after their children and does voluntary work.

I’m not usually a fan of angsty, weepy type books, or books where characters die, but lavydle this case it’s about those who are moving on after the loss. I like how she developed the story around the beliefs of the people involved and kept them true and pure til the end. The feelings evoked by her writing are real. This book was amazing. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Now, the strict rules of the Benedictine sisterhood, which once gave her life a sense of meaning, chafe at her. This was a beautifully told story of loss and love. The main relationship and the characters were sweet and engaging. Thank goodness my love of LaVyrle Spencer’s writing outweighs my lack of love for this particular novel of hers. Life is just about perfect for Eddie Olczak. As time goes on, Regina and the widowed Eddie start to fall in love.


At the start of the book, Ms Spencer explained that this was to be t Another beautiful read from this talented writer.

Can’t believe she’s been missing from life. Deeply religious, there are strong Catholic undertones and the Catholic school classes are still taught by nuns. Which makes sense – they were enough to make me want to put the book down. This whole first section of the book had me feeling weepy.

So as all good love stories, this one has a happy ending, too. LaVyrle Spencer is a great read.

I needed an epilogue as well; would love to have known how tgen family progressed. Then Came Heaven is the story of Eddie, whose wife Krystyna d I really thought I’d already given cwme one a read since I love LaVyrle Spencer, this book has been on my shelf for years now and I was sure that I had read all her novels. 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.