Until We Reach Home

Until We Reach Home

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by Lynn Austin

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Three sisters leave hardship in their native Sweden in 1887 for Chicago, but each will face an inward journey as challenging as the outward one.See more details below


Three sisters leave hardship in their native Sweden in 1887 for Chicago, but each will face an inward journey as challenging as the outward one.

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Publishers Weekly

In 1897, the promise of the gold-paved streets of America can heal the broken hearts and lives of orphans Elin, Kirsten and Sofia Carlson, if only they survive the transatlantic trip from Sweden. Family secrets-ranging from the disgrace of suicide to shameful relations-churn like the ocean itself during a two-week crossing, only to haunt the girls after they reach Ellis Island. From the first sighting of Lady Liberty through their travails to reach a newly rebuilt Chicago, the girls discover their strengths, a variety of new acquaintances and, most importantly, each other. And while they quickly experience the immigrant's harsh realities, they also find a way to make a life in their new world. Complete with room for happily-ever-after, this rich tale will not disappoint historical romance fans. Austin, three-time Christy Award winner, scores again with an engrossing tale of loss, determination and hope. (Oct.)

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The Sleepy Reader (readingtoolate.net)
One of the things that makes Lynn Austin one of my favorite authors is her ability to write characters whose lives mirror real life no matter what time period she is writing from. This book takes place in the late 1800s but you still find flawed characters dealing with issues that still plague us.... She also has the ability to present the message of Christ without making it feel forced. It flows with the circumstances in the lives of the characters and like it would in real life. The characters in this story are not happy-go-lucky. They are angry with God for their circumstances and His apparent lack of care for their pain and we are present as they work their way through their grief.... I still enjoyed this one a lot though and I would recommend it to readers of Christian Fiction and Historical Fiction.
Library Journal

After their parents' deaths orphan three Swedish sisters, the oldest girl, Elin, takes it upon herself to write to their relatives in America in hopes that they can help them. Their perilous voyage and detention upon arrival at Ellis Island reflect the similar hardships endured by 16 million other immigrants at the turn of the 20th century. Austin writes meaningful dialog and creates memorable characters who resonate with readers long after they have finished the book. Delightfully rich with historical detail and authenticity, this is a terrific read from an accomplished, three-time Christy Award-winning author (Candle in the Darkness, Hidden Places) and belongs in all collections. Highly recommended.

—Tamara Butler

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Melissa Meeks
"As usual Lynn Austin plucks the heartstrings of readers with her vivid prose and characters that leap to life for the reader. As an avid reader of historical fiction it is so rare to find both an engrossing story with such believable characters as the Carlson sisters and the rich historical details I have come to crave and know this author will deliver. These alone will continue to rank this author amongst my favorites and her skill at crafting a narrative that tugs at a reader's emotions guarantees my loyalty for future projects as well."--(Melissa Meeks, ChristianBookwormReviews.com)
Penny Goodwin
"Until We Reach Home touched me on many different levels. It is a look into history and the fact that some deep family secrets and scandals are ageless. Erin, Kristen, and Sofia each have their own secrets that will shock each other when they are discovered. But these girls love each other, and are willing to forgive when needed, offer support and guidance where needed. This is a true testament to how a family should be.... a story that shouldn't be missed by any reader of historical fiction. It is sure to touch your soul."--(Penny Goodwin, LoveRomancesandMore.com)
Lindsey Freitas
"Until We Reach Home gave me a new appreciation for the struggles immigrants go through, especially since many women and children have had to brave this journey all alone.... I also loved the sisters' characters and wanted to see how they dealt with their struggles. I was very satisfied by the end and recommend this novel as a good read!"--(Lindsey Freitas, BookLoons.com)
Cindy Crosby
"Four-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin follows the lives of three sisters as they emigrate from Sweden to America and make a new life there in Until We Reach Home.... Austin is a veteran historical fiction novelist ... and includes solid historical details, from the cramped and unsanitary conditions of a two-week ocean crossing from England to America, to the types of food and clothing typical of the time period. She is careful to incorporate numerous sensory details, including what the girls might see, hear, taste and smell.... Fans of inspirational historical fiction will enjoy Austin's tale of three sisters who find faith, comfort, resiliency and love in a new country."--(Cindy Crosby, FaithfulReader.com)

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