Book of the Week: September
Title: Then Came Heaven
Author: La Vyrle SpencerRelease Date: Published April 1st 2002 by Jove
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 347 pages
(first published December 8th 1997)
"Can love survive a shattering loss? Browerville, Minnesota, 1950: Life is just about perfect for Eddie Olczak. A man of unshakable faith, he derives intense pleasure from the life he's built. He cherishes his wife, Krystyna, their daughters, Anne and Lucy, and his job as handyman for St. Joseph's, the Catholic church that is the cornerstone of Browerville life. But when a tragic accident cuts Krystyna's life short, Eddie is sure his heart is broken forever. The love she lavished on her family, the way she combed the girls' hair, the way she greeted Eddie at the end of the day-all the precious gifts she gave are gone. The town rallies to provide support, but there is one member of the community who is unable to express what Krystyna's loss has meant to her. Sister Regina, the girls' teacher at St. Joseph's, has always felt a special affinity for the Olczaks. But her vows prevent her from becoming too close--even in their time of need .Sister Regina has always tried to reaffirm her commitment when the strict rules of the sisterhood chafe at her. But with time, as she and Eddie grow to know each other better--and find a connection that goes beyond their shared love of Krystyna and the girls--she faces a difficult challenge. And both of them must summon the courage to look within their own hearts and make their own choices ..."
I only read few romance novels, maybe because I've outgrown them (having read Tagalog pocketbooks before). I don't find romance books dense and dull, it's just that, I'm more into crime-solving and devilish page turners these days. Books with upbeat endings.
But when it comes to LaVyrle Spencer, I make an exception. Her novels are just unique and endearing. Her characters dialogue always ring true. Then Came Heaven is a very complicated story. A servant of the Lord falls in love with a man who's still recovering from a wound that's very hard to heal. This particular book really captured my interest, as well as LaVyrle's other works. I think it's safe to say that I've read almost all of them, and each book has their own remarkable quality. LaVyrle is a grand storyteller and when there is love...There is LaVyrle...Cheerz!