Then Came Heaven

Then Came Heaven

by LaVyrle Spencer
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Then Came Heaven 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It held my interest right from the start. I highly recommend. It does not disappoint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was my first by this author. I was touched by the people of Browerville that Ms. Spencer created. As a Catholic, it made me appreciate the lives of the nuns and the dedication with which they serve. Truly a great love story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was raised in a Polish Catholic community and so many things she wrote about brought back fond memories. This is such a beautiful love story, I too was unable to put it down. Now I must get her other books. Thanks Ms Spencer for taking me back in time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a charming story - you will not be able to put the book down!!! A tale of love and redemption that will touch your heart.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I'm not Catholic. Consequently, I found all the rituals incredibly tedious. I love LaVyrle Spencer's style, and have read every book she's ever written. However, her normally interesting research usually pays off, but not this time. The actual story was wonderful, once you get past the rituals and the first 100 pages of death. I give this book 3 and a half stars.
Mitton More than 1 year ago
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. I’m not familiar with this genre but the book was pleasant, inoffensive, readable, and entertaining. All without the slightest shred of depth or development. It’s like an outline, penciled out with plot and characters, with linking dialogue scribbled in to connect the dots. And that’s too bad. There is plenty of good stuff here. Why was the lead character so driven at his job as the church caretaker? Why did the young nun struggle so with her chosen career after the death of the lead’s wife? And how – really? – did the young nun move so sveltely in a single night from pedestal topping Madonna to the naked, embracing, and openly sexual wife? Now there’s a novel for you. The story presents life in small town mid-twentieth century America in an idealistic way. 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 know these towns. They are wonderful places. Unless you hail from another part of the world. Or go to that other church. Or don’t fit in in any of a hundred ways. Then life can be something less than idyllic. But I enjoyed the story. It’s good for a few hours of entertainment. Don’t expect much more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Admittedly, I have yet to read this book. However, it's on my short list of books to tackle, especially since I recently found it in a box of my grandmother's things. I couldn't help but notice the connection between this book's title, and the fact that my grandmother is no longer with us. It was a very emotional moment finding this book. I'm certain that I will enjoy Ms. Spencer's story, due in part to its setting in my home state.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book. The characters and setting are very realistic.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the only Spencer book we have in our 'collection' and at first i just ignored it...But when I started it,i can't stop myself reading it,and i just love everything about it!!! It is one unforgettable story...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally found Then Came Heaven to be an outstanding book. I laughed, cried, got mad...the works I tell ya. It was incrediable and dearly recomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My heart was so FULL after reading 'Then Came Heaven' I was almost overwhelmed by it. There is LOVE in this book: love for God, love for church, marital love, family love, community love; and, of course, the pure, sweet love that slowly grows between Jean and Eddie -- Wow! In addition, Ms. Spencer shows us, in a clear yet respectful way, just what nuns prior to Vatican II had to give up for their love of church and God. It's clear that changes in regards to the vows a nun takes were needed, however, my respect and admiration for the women who did take those old vows grew by leaps and bounds after reading this book. Thank you, Ms. Spencer.