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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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"Austin, three-time Christy Award winner, scores again with an engrossing tale of loss, determination and hope." --Publishers Weekly Oct. 2008

"Fans of inspirational historical fiction will enjoy Austin's tale...." -- Cindy Crosby, FaithfulReader.com

"Until We Reach Home gave me a new appreciation for the struggles immigrants go through ... a good read!" --Lindsey Freitas, BookLoons.com

"As usual Lynn Austin plucks the heartstrings of readers with her vivid prose and characters that leap to life...." -- Melissa Meeks, ChristianBookwormReviews.com

"...Lynn Austin ... write[s] characters whose lives mirror real life no matter what time period she is writing from." --The Sleepy Reader (readingtoolate.net)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprinted edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764204955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764204951
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story had so much intrigue, suspense, peril, yearning, hope, and faith in the midst of trials that it truly inspired me. The faith journey was SO believeable. The pain they went through made a lot of sense, and I truly felt for them. My heart grieved right along with them. I found myself thinking about the story all the time until I could steal away and read more. That, to me, is the sign of a fabulous read.

I am a real sucker for romance, which is sprinkled generously throughout the book, too. Plus, the heartache and pain resulting from dysfunctional situations and sin is portrayed realistically. While not edgy in regards to the details, Ms. Austin did a magnificent job of making me care about their pain and showing how deeply they hurt. Yet she balance that by showing how that makes them love more deeply as well.

In my opinion Ms. Austin is one of the best historical fiction authors at putting her characters in impossible situations and showing how God provides a way in the midst of heartache. She shows how God allows it to make His children grow in faith, and that He is always there even if He doesn't always take away the hardship and pain. And He can transform even the hardest of hearts when people love Him and each other like the Scriptures say.

The relationship that Sophia developed with Ludwig was so amazing it took my breath away. I NEVER would've thought to draw out the character's faith and introduce them to true love through sharing God's Word the way the author managed to do. And to use the Bible as a tool to communicate between their languages was brilliant. This tender relationship was beautifully developed and one of my favorite parts of the story. It made my heart sing!

I can't say enough good things about this story. I'm definitely putting this book on my list of favorites for 2008!
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Lynn Austin never fails to amaze me as a writer. She writes in the most amazing way and never disappoints. I kept hoping that the book was not going to end. I was so drawn into each next chapter that it was next to impossible to put down. This book had so many wonderful examples of the kind of relationship that one can truly have with Jesus Christ. I think anyone would enjoy this story. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it truly drew me into the plot. A must read!!
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It didn't take many pages for me to be drawn into the plight of Elin and her sisters - Kirsten and Sofia. After losing their parents, their Uncle took over their farm and made life unbearable for Elin as she tried to protect her sisters from him. Finally, when she decides to escape to America to live with her mother's favorite brother who had left for America years ago, their hard journey to America and freedom began.

I loved reading about the three sisters during their journey to America and how, even though they had their differences and dark secrets, they stuck together through it all. They grew so much after reaching America - even shy, dependent Sofia - the baby of the family - changed on the trip to America and established a career for herself so that she could help provide for her sisters.

There were 2 parts that I would urge caution for some younger readers. The reason Elin made her sisters leave with her to America was because of what her Uncle did to her and what he was about to do to her sister, Sofia. When she discovered her Uncle's eyes were beginning to turn from her to her younger sister, she imminently knew she had to leave America. Nothing is explicit or even plainly said, but what Elin had to endure at the hand of her Uncle is alluded to several times.

Another point of caution is that one of the sisters mistakenly ends up pregnant. Nothing is explained, except for when the sister begins to get sick and the doctor announces she is pregnant. At that time in history - 1897 - it was a scandal to have a child out of wedlock, and the sister has to live with her foolish actions. So, in some ways, it was a good lesson to show that actions have consequences. But, as I said, Austin handles everything so well that nothing is inappropriate.
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I don't read a ton of fiction books but when I do, be sure that a book this long would not hold my attention if it wasn't good. I often skip through fiction stories in order to find out how they end. Not so with this book. Although anxious to know, I read it all the way through.

I found myself immediately invested in the three sisters: Elin, Kristen, and Sofia. The year was 1897. Their plight, which was both tragic and believable, led them on the trip of a lifetime. Three young orphans from Sweden immigrating to America makes for quite capturing story. The way that this story opened up caused me to be drawn in immediately.

Their voyage to America was fraught with misfortune, hardship, illness, and disappointment. Such could probably be said of most who traveled to this great land in search of a better life.

I felt as though the book gave me a closer look at what it really was like for those who set out leaving their countries behind, along with family and friends, to come to a distant land. Lynn Austin does an outstanding job of painting scenes vividly with her words. There was so much I'd never considered before reading this book and a great deal I didn't know about what a move of this magnitude would entail.

I don't know if I could have been so brave or endured so much.

This book is about bonds. It is about the love that holds three sisters together at all cost. It is also about faith and hope. Sometimes we experience incredible hardship. The flames of our faith are all but extinguished. Then God sends someone to pour out a little hope and just in the nick of time our faith comes alive again. It's interesting how contagious faith can be. Just ask these sisters.

Ultimately this book is about "home.
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