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Also by Lavyrle Spencer. Joseph’s, the Catholic church that is the cornerstone of Browerville life.

To ask other readers questions about Then Came Heavenplease sign up. Lavyrls 25, Mindy Mcc rated it really liked it. The story begins on a late spencwr day, when a train and a car race to the crossing, and the car loses. 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. Sounds like The Sound of Music, doesn’t it? They are always ready to help anybody in lavyrle spencer then came heaven way they can.

Spener of the most respected members of the community are Eddie Olczek, the janitor for the church and school and his wife Krystyna. 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 engineers’ POV.

This book is a good old-fashioned love story but, of course, not without its ups acme downs.

Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer (1997, Hardcover)

The whole town grieves with him, including the teachers at the school who are Benedictine nuns. The nuns and their life are depicted with truth and fairness. The whole “asking forgiveness when you’ve done nothing wrong” and “submitting with obedience” to hypocrites and self-righteous asshattery makes my blood boil.


The romance got lost in the shuffle sometimes and that frustrated me.

However, I had issues with the development of the romance between Sister Regina and Eddie. This was a beautifully lavyrle spencer then came heaven story of loss and love. I’m not usually a fan of angsty, weepy type books, or books where characters die, but in this case it’s lavyrle spencer then came heaven those who are moving on after the loss. The places she speaks about is from my home area, and from what I know historically, they are very accurate novels.

So, although it seems like an unlikely theme – an ex-nun falling in love with a widow with two daughters thne it’s really a wonderful read. It was about a nun who fell in love with a widow and his children. Sometimes you just need a good, old-fashioned, comforting love story.

The families are all recently from the speencer country, all know each other, all eat the same foods, and all life centers around the central Catholic Church. It has its cheesy moments and its teary moments you owe me a box of tissues for that first pages, LaVyrlebut overall, it was one of those books that I really looked forward to coming home and reading at the end of the day — which hasn’t happened in a while for me.

Tnen 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. I went to St. Late summer, Browerville, Minnesota, Then Came Heaven is just about as far as I can get from my normal reading but at the prodding of my mother — fascinated at how it portrays life as she grew up — I gave it a go.


On the surface, it’s an unlikely theme for a romance, but it’s told beautifully and you fall in love with the characters.

I began this book with some trepidation. This book introduced me to LaVyrle; how sad I ca,e when I learned she was no longer writing. 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.

Detailed Review Summary of Then Came Heaven by LaVyrle Spencer

Or go to that other church. Spencer’s writing to her readers she was retiring and we could no longer enjoy her stories. Deeply tyen, there are strong Catholic undertones and the Catholic school classes are still taught by nuns. I had found one of her books in a garage sale and read it.