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Until We Reach Home | [Lynn Austin]

Until We Reach Home

In this sweeping saga, three Swedish sisters endure an 1890s Atlantic crossing, an Ellis Island detention, and various other trials as they struggle to find love, faith, and home. First came their mother's death. Then their father's suicide. For orphans Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia, life stretches on like an endless winter. When circumstances become unbearable, they write their Chicago relatives, desperate for a safe haven.
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Publisher's Summary

In this sweeping saga, three Swedish sisters endure an 1890s Atlantic crossing, an Ellis Island detention, and various other trials as they struggle to find love, faith, and home.

First came their mother's death. Then their father's suicide. For orphans Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia, life stretches on like an endless winter. When circumstances become unbearable, they write their Chicago relatives, desperate for a safe haven. Soon the three find themselves among the huddled masses bound for America - the promised land of dreams and second chances. Yet amidst the hardships of their journey, these brave young ladies determine to let nothing stop them from reaching a place they can call home.

©2008 Lynn Austin; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC

What the Critics Say

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

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    MummyCooke USA 03-19-12
    MummyCooke USA 03-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Another Great One"

    Lynn Austin has yet to disappoint me with one of her stories. Always so neatly woven together & mixed with history I find them hard to resist and put down. This is most certainly Christian Fiction, which for me is another added bonus.

    Some listeners may feel concerned upon the opening scene where it's implied that something very wrong has happened between an uncle & a niece, but whatever that thing is, it's never mentioned in any detail in the book. It's merely an always lingering fact between some of the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette 10-28-11
    Lynette 10-28-11
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    "very enjoyable, hard to put down"

    I really enjoyed this book, I could hardly put it aside. It was realistic in it's portrail of the struggles one faces as a result of abuse. Yet the message of hope was evident. I quickly fell in love with each of the girls and wanted the best for each. The narrator did a good job over all but her voice seemed a little too mature for a story about young women.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Rock Hill, SC, United States 10-27-09
    Christine Rock Hill, SC, United States 10-27-09
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    "Until We Reach Home"

    I really enjoyed the book. I thought it well written and touching. The story line was appealing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carla 11-01-13
    Carla 11-01-13
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    "Another Lynn Austin Success"

    Such a great story! Wonderfully developed characters and lots of surprises. Lynn Austin's skill at depicting historical time periods is amazing. I'm on a quest to read all of her books now. Recording could have been improved...later in the book I could hear the narrator smacking her lips and maybe even turning pages...yikes!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce 01-22-13
    Joyce 01-22-13
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    "Loved the characters"
    Would you listen to Until We Reach Home again? Why?

    Yes and probably will. I started it because it was written by Lynn Austin


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Until We Reach Home?

    When Mrs Anderson's heart softened


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the buckets catching water from the leaking roof.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. I loved it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 08-24-12
    Susan 08-24-12
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    "Captivating!"
    What did you love best about Until We Reach Home?

    Characters were relatable! As usual Lynn Austin draws you in and teaches you something in the process!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    A happy ending...always gets me...but you must keep the faith!


    What does Ruth Ann Phimister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A wise voice...does that make sense?!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Never never never give up...God's got a plan for your life!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W Marina, CA, United States 09-24-09
    W Marina, CA, United States 09-24-09
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    "Surprisingly boring"

    I thought this might be an interesting book, but I found it rather dull. I gave up listening after a while and moved on to something bettter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    susan 01-12-14
    susan 01-12-14
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    "She did it agian enjoyed didnt want it to end"

    I had a hard time beginning the book because the story line in the info looked a little intense or sad to me but once I got started I didn't want to stop listening and when the story ended I wanted more I loved it I will listen to it again

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    mary Velva, ND, United States 09-25-12
    mary Velva, ND, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Enough"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It became a nice story but I didn't know when I downloaded it was Christian based. But it was nice enough.


    What about Ruth Ann Phimister’s performance did you like?

    Good speaker!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


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    Lynn Atlanta, GA, United States 09-30-09
    Lynn Atlanta, GA, United States 09-30-09
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    "Snoozer"

    If you like sacchariny sweet, plain vanilla predictable plots, this is the one for you. If I hadn't paid for it, I would have abandoned ship after about three hours. Reader was bad, too. What else can I say?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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