Then Came Heaven by Lavyrle SpencerThen Came Heaven by Lavyrle Spencer

Then Came Heaven

byLavyrle Spencer

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 1999

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Can love survive a shattering loss? A grief-stricken widower learns to open his heart again in this touching and emotionally charged novel…


Late summer, Browerville, Minnesota, 1950: Life is just about perfect for Eddie Olczak. 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 from his work as dedicated handyman for St. Joseph’s, the Catholic church that is the cornerstone of Browerville. But when a tragic accident cuts Krystyna’s life short, Eddie is sure his heart is broken forever.


As friends and relatives rally around the family in the dark days that follow, there is one person who is unable to express what the loss of Krystyna means to her. Sister Regina, the girls’ teacher at St. Joseph’s school, has always felt a special affinity for the family. Yet her religious vows prevent her from becoming too close to them, even in their time of need. Now, the strict rules of the Benedictine sisterhood, which once gave her life a sense of meaning, chafe at her.


As Sister Regina and Eddie Olczak continue to cross paths, they realize there is something between them—a connection that somehow goes beyond their shared love of Krystyna and the girls. Thrilled—and secretly frightened—they both must summon the courage to look within their hearts and make their own choices.


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 LaVyrle Spencer is the bestselling author of 22 novels.
Title:Then Came HeavenFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.73 × 4.19 × 0.92 inPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0515124621

ISBN - 13:9780515124620


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read! I could read this book again and again and I have. I feel like I have been to Browerville and know all the people in this book.
Date published: 2015-02-21

From Our Editors

A devoted husband and father, Eddie Olczak finds his world torn apart by the tragic accident that kills his beloved wife, but his life takes a new direction when he encounters Sister Regina, a Benedictine nun and his daughters' teacher, who chafes at the strict rules of her order.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the novels of LaVyrle Spencer

“A superb story.”—Los Angeles Times

“You will never forget the incredible beauty of LaVyrle’s gifted pen.”—Affaire de Coeur

“Spencer, famous for her heart-rending slices of Americana, delivers the goods again.”—Publishers Weekly