Until We Reach Home  -     By: Lynn Austin
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Until We Reach Home

Bethany House / 2008 / Paperback

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Life in Sweden seems like an endless winter for three sisters after their mother's and father's suicide. Ellin feels the weight of responsibility for her sisters' welfare and when it circumstances become unbearable, she writes to her relatives in Chicago, pleading for help.

Joining sixteen million other immigrants who left their homelands for America between 1890 and 1920, Ellin, Kirsten, and Sophia begin the long, difficult journey. Enduring the ocean voyage in steerage and detention on Ellis Island, their story is America's story. And in a journey fraught with hardships, each woman will come to understand her secret longings and the meaning of home.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764204955
ISBN-13: 9780764204951
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Publisher's Description

Life in Sweden feels like an endless winter to Elin Carlson after the deaths of her parents. When circumstances become unbearable, she determines to find a safe haven for her sisters.

So begins their journey to America . . . the land of dreams and second chances.

But as hardship becomes their constant companion, Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia question their decision to immigrate to Chicago. Will their hopes for the future ever be realized?


A Christy Award Winner

Author Bio

Lynn Austin, a former teacher who writes and speaks full time, has won three Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois.


Until We Reach Home is the story of three sisters from Sweden on a perilous voyage to America. Abuse and abandonment in their past, Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia have nothing left but an unknown future. Orphaned, the teenage sisters seek a new beginning in America while hardships batter their fragile faith in God’s provision. As each sister learns to trust in God and believe in love again, they find a new home and calling.

Bestselling author, Lynn Austin is an acclaimed novelist, known for her resonating and moving stories about life, faith, family, and love. This year’s fiction writing speaker at Write To Publish in Wheaton Illinois, three of Austin’s historical books have won Christy Awards for exceptional Christian fiction. Austin’s novel, Hidden Places, was made into a Hallmark movie in 2006. A practice she has held for sixteen years of writing, Austin studies a book on writing before undertaking her next project, providing her readers with excellent style and quality. Holding her family in high priority, Lynn Austin incorporates her experiences into her books, creating relatable stories with a message of faith gracing the pages.

Staged in 1897, Until We Reach Home is a paperback novel of 41 chapters and 311 pages. Published by Bethany House, this deep and engaging story is told through the eyes of strong and tangible characters.

Until We Reach Home is definitely a chick book. As a tomboy reader, I appreciate how Austin deals with harsh issues such as betrayal and abuse. In the end, the reader is left with the promise that God faithfully stands beside his children, a lesson the sisters learn from Psalm 46:1-2, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way, and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”

I recommend Until We Reach Home to women of all ages who enjoy emotional, dramatic novels. In a new light, the story leads readers along a journey where redemption and love are found in unexpected places. -- Estee Wells, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's Weekly

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.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    VERY interesting!
    May 29, 2012
    Rena Nunley
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I haven't even finished this book but I have to say that it is very interesting. Never had I read a book with the background being that of immigrants sailing to the United States at the turn of the century. So this book is also quite informative as one learns of the conditions, requirements and process of immigrants during that time.

    This fictional story of three Swedish sisters touches the heart and soul and captivates the mind. There is a pleasant balance of the spiritual, making it quite inspirational.

    It was easy to give this book a loud "5"!
  2. USA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 30, 2011
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was my sister's first book by Lynn Austin and she is now a devoted fan! Like I did, the biggest reason she fell in love with the book was her (Lynn Austin's) unique way of writing. She truly has a gift of making her books memorable and knows how to find her books forever homes. Until We Reach home was an amazing book in itself though which also helped strengthen her (my sister's) love for the book greatly.

    We both absolutely loved the book and it was so much fun talking about it after we both read it. She is not a great fan of fiction you see so this was a rare pleasure!

    We both agreed that our favorite part about it was the wonderful characters. Both of us cared for the characters and we loved how easy it was to relate to them. They were beautiful characters who were beautifully written.

    The whole story was a joy to read though. The book was about three sisters who seek a new home in America. Throughout the book, each sister is faced with her own struggles but in the end, each one comes to understand something great. And that is the true meaning of the word, 'home.'

    It was filled with many twists and turns so I was always kept guessing. Which is something I for one, absolutely love in a book!

    Anyway, I totally recommend this book. It is a true treasure and is totally worth your money. You won't be disappointed!
  3. Escondido, CA
    Age: 55-65
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good story with unexpected twists...
    April 1, 2011
    Escondido, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The story was a sweet one about 3 sisters seeking a new home in America. The author took us on many twists and turns and gave us an historical perspective of Ellis Island and immigration struggles in the 1900's.
  4. St. Charles, IL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 15, 2010
    Lover of Books and Art
    St. Charles, IL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    This was an excellent book by an equally excellent writer. I've enjoyed other books by her more, but that doesn't take away from the beauty of this story. You care about each of the girls, and it's very easy to relate to them. I found each one of their love stories very moving, but I thought Sofia and Ludwig's was particularly sweet and beautiful. The raw kindness and love between the two makes me cry every time I read it (I have read it amny times). A very enjoyable and recommended read!
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 21, 2010
    I liked this book very much it was the first of her books that I read and was the one that made me want to read more . She is a very good writer.
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