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432 pages
Oct 2008
Bethany House

Until We Reach Home

by Lynn Austin

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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 Godís 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 yearís fiction writing speaker at Write To Publish in Wheaton Illinois, three of Austinís historical books have won Christy Awards for exceptional Christian fiction. Austinís 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, ďGod 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.Ē

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,

Book Jacket:

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?