Until We Reach Home

Until We Reach Home

Lynn Austin / Jul 18, 2019

Until We Reach Home 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 jo

  • Title: Until We Reach Home
  • Author: Lynn Austin
  • ISBN: 9780764204951
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ChiLife 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

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      • Lynn Austin

        For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career When her husband s work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A she d earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher After returning to the U.S the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba.It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.Extended family is also very important to Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother, grandmother age 98 , and daughter concerning the change in women s roles through the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve s Daughters.Along with reading, two of Lynn s lifelong passions are history and archaeology While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.Lynn resigned from teaching to write full time in 1992 Since then she has published twelve novels Eight of her historical novels, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, A Proper Pursuit, and Until We Reach Home have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 for excellence in Christian Fiction Fire by Night was also one of only five inspirational fiction books chosen by Library Journal for their top picks of 2003, and All She Ever Wanted was chosen as one of the five inspirational top picks of 2005 Lynn s novel Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.


    1. Where I got the book: my local libraryElin knows that she has to get her sisters away from their farm in Sweden before they also fall prey to her uncle Sven. Finding a new home for three orphaned women in 1897 isn't an easy task, but Elin believes an uncle in America may help them to start a new life. She has to overcome her sisters' own resistance and the hardships of emigration to reach a promised land that turns out not to be what they expected.I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this [...]

    2. As soon as I began this story, I thought of both of my Swedish grandmothers. Both emigrated around the turn of the century as young adults. Liverpool was where they boarded the steamship that brought them over. I felt as if I was learning so much more about what they'd experienced as I'd never asked either directly what life was like for them. My grandma Martha was actually a Karlsson before she wed, so I enjoyed the choice of the main characters' surname of Carlson.Lynn Austin has brought her g [...]

    3. Until We Reach Home is the story of Elin, Kirsten and Sophia, three sisters traveling to America from Sweden. It was very much about the harrowing journey they made to America, but even more so a coming-of-age story for each of them.What I loved-the character development. Lynn Austin excels at creating realistic faults in her characters, and throughout the course of the book, we see each sister overcoming those faults. Each has their own issues to come to terms with - Elin, the need to control, [...]

    4. I love Lynn Austin's books. This one takes a little longer to get into; the characters are so whiny. I know you need conflict to have resolution, but these sisters complain, complain, and complain! They even realize what they're doing and say they're going to reform (as we all do), but then go right back to whining. I read somewhere that this was written as an homage to her grandmother who immigrated from Sweden with her 2 sisters—I don't know if I dreamed that because I can't find it again. T [...]

    5. This was a non-stop suprising and suspenseful novel. It deserves the highest rating!It starts out in about late 17th century Sweden, where Elin, the oldest of three sisters (Elin,Kirsten,Sophia) feels the need to help her sisters move to start a new life in America, after having their beloved parents die, and their peverted uncle move in and take over. The Carlson sisters have had enough heartache, and their brother had before been forced to move out by Uncle Sven, who is now making perverted at [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this book because I learned a ton about my heritage. I knew about the facts about my Swedish family immigration, but I enjoyed this book because I got to dig deeper into the emotional side of my family history. In the book, 3 sisters named Elin, Sofia, and Kirsten immigrated from their small town in Sweden to Chicago (which is the exact same path that my family took). They then were faced with unwelcoming family, which was a huge surprise for them. They have to pay off their tic [...]

    7. I'm just rating this four stars instead of five because it's not myfavouriteLynn Austin book and I feel that I shouldn't rate every Lynn Austin book five stars, haha. BUT IT IS ACTUALLY AMAZING. Just, not AS amazing as some of the others, that's all.WHAT I LOVE: 1. The whole story-line has always intrigued me to the bottom of my toes. Three sisters travelling from Sweden, the farm, their nasty uncle, their past, to a new life in America. I meann't you want to know more? 2. I love all three sis [...]

    8. Life in Sweden is hard for three sisters in Sweden after their mother's death and father's suicide. Oldest sister Elin feels the weight of responsibility for her sisters' welfare, and when circumstances become unbearable, she writes to her uncle in Chicago, pleading for help. He sends them tickets to come to America, and in 1897, Elin, Kirsten and Sofia begin a long, difficult journey. They have to endure an ocean voyage in steerage, then detention on Ellis Island, before finally arriving in Chi [...]

    9. Three young sisters make their way to America from Sweden during the height of the immigration movement in the late 1800's. Each has a different reason for wanting to emigrate or to stay in Sweden. I really enjoyed the different personalities of the 3 sisters and how each changed, grew, and became more mature especially in their spiritual lives as the encountered all of the difficulties of emigrating and starting life anew in America. As a genealogist, I found Ms. Austin's description of emigrat [...]

    10. Library copy. Hard to put this book down. The first hundred pages are so powerful. Hope the rest of the book can keep up with the beginning.I love this book! Absolutely loved it. I don't know what to say except to recommend it to everyone. It is a story of immigration, of loss, of family, of faith that grows, and relationships of all kinds. It is a compelling story masterfully told in such a way that the reader lives the story along with the characters. The story does not disappear when the book [...]

    11. Good story, but it seemed to be written on a middle school level. The information about Swedish immigrants was interesting to me, since my maternal grandmother immigrated from Sweden before the turn of the last century.

    12. I'm so glad I picked this one up; going in I had no idea how much I would enjoy it. The three sisters (Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia) are very close and have a deep love for one another, yet each one holds secrets they're afraid or too ashamed to share. These secrets ultimately lead them to leave their homeland behind in search of a new life in America. The point of view continually changes, going back and forth between the sisters. While all three sisters have a unique role and different ways of loo [...]

    13. Life in Sweden seems like an endless winter for three sisters after their mother's death and father's suicide. Elin feels the weight of responsibility for her sisters' welfare, and when 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, Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia begin the long, difficult journey. Enduring the ocean voyage in steerage and detention on Ellis I [...]

    14. This is my first time to read any books by Lynn Austin. I have to admit I enjoy this so much that I read this in two nights. I stayed up real late one night and then finished it off the next night. That's how good this book! Basically it's about three sisters from Sweden who end up in America and that is all I will say since I dont' want to give the whole story away. Good news is that it has a great ending and has no bad parts or cussing. This should be for young teenagers to adults. I do not th [...]

    15. What a good read! Another great novel by Lynn Austin. When you pick up one of her books, you know it will be a meaningful and faith filled story. Her ability to make characters special, real and very different continues to amaze me! The way they change through her stories is so well done. I grew very attached to the 3 main characters, sisters moving to America from Sweden. Each story line was interesting and it was wonderful to watch the sisters grow into themselves and to grow in faith. I reall [...]

    16. Thîs was a sweet story. It's the story of three Swedish sisters journey to America and the trials that they face. Their parents are dead and their older brother abandoned them. They have a nasty uncle who has taken over the farm so now their only option is to go to America. It switches between the three points of view, which I really liked. I am the oldest of 5 girls so I could really relate with the oldest sister Elin. She acted like an older sister would. The romance with Sofia and Ludwig was [...]

    17. Lynn Austin never disappoints me. I love how when you read her books you really feel like you can really relate to what the people would have been experiencing during the time period. This book is about emigrants coming to America, it documents their time on Ellis Island, and their journey. It describes many of the hardships they faced, yet it is all centered around the story of 3 sisters growing up and choosing their own paths. If you have liked other Lynn Austin novels (or you enjoy good histo [...]

    18. This author, Lynn Austin, makes a story come alive! You feel as if you are living the story right along with the characters. Wonderful Christian literature.

    19. Wonderful book!One day I started reading this book, and quickly everything in my life stopped until I was finished! I felt like I knew Elin, Sophia and Kirsten, the three Swedish sisters who moved to America to start a new adventure, seeking for "home". This was a very heartwarming tale, and I hated for the story to end. I would recommend it to anyone who lives a good story.

    20. This wasn't quite as good as Wonderland Creek or A Proper Pursuit, but Lynn is still a fantastic storyteller. She has such vivid descriptions of places and time periods that I felt like I was alongside the sisters on the boat to America or staying in their aunt's boarding house and exploring Chicago. Because this book had three protagonists, the character development wasn't quite as good as in her other novels. Each of the sisters felt like they were defined by one characteristic or event from t [...]

    21. Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin.I've always wanted to read one of her books and this one met my expectations. I seem to be gravitating towards stories about sisters. This is the third book that centers around this theme this year. I don't tire of them. I found myself sympathizing with each of the three sisters. I enjoyed the growth that each one made as the story progressed. I kept turning each page to see what would happen to them next and would they find happiness in America?I enjoyed learn [...]

    22. 5 stars goes to this book!! :-D 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 [...]

    23. This book was a little bit of a slow start, but a sweet story of sisters (orphans) immigrating from Sweden to America. Because of their father's death they have been shunned in their hometown and they're looking for a new and better life. It's the story of their journey across the ocean, through Ellis Island and to Chicago. It's hard, with many unexpected trials along the way, but it's a story of love and faith and forgiveness and God's blessings.Here are a few quotes I liked:"'It is good to hav [...]

    24. Austin, Lynn. 2008. Until We Reach Home. Bethany House.Elin Carlson walked into the barn and everything changed.Elin is the oldest of three sisters. Her younger sisters, Kirsten and Sofia, don't always appreciate their older sister looking out for them; her bossing them around. But since the death of their mother and father, Elin has taken this burden or responsibility upon her young shoulders. True, Uncle Sven and Aunt Karin came to "help" the Carlson family run the farm. But as Elin sees it, t [...]

    25. This is a bittersweet, love-filled story of the journey of three sisters from their depressed and hard life in Sweden to a new beginning in America. The contrast between the old world and the new is wonderfully portrayed in this novel, set in the late 1800s. Upon reaching America, the girls experience a circumstances barely better than the ones they left behind, but they rise above their trials and their pride is left intact.It reminded me in several ways of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. [...]

    26. It was really great! Lynn Austin writes in the most amazing way and never disappoints me. I kept hoping that the book wasn't going to end, but you know there is only One book that doesn't end and this one isn't it. These girls' journey was one that all Christians face at one time or another in their lives. We question our faith and if God has forsaken us, because of our many trials and tribulations. We sometimes feel alone through our journey, but truly this book reveals God's love for us and ev [...]

    27. Another great historical fiction book by my favorite author, Lynn Austin. This story follows three Swedish sisters as they journey to America in hopes of a better life, while leaving painful family secrets behind. While each sisters' account is equally interesting, the youngest sister, Sofia, has a love story that is perhaps my all time favorite- it is so sweet! She is stranded on Ellis Island, alone and confused, and does not know how to speak English. A German man tries to befriend her, but al [...]

    28. This was a pretty good book! I'm not going to give too many details to keep from spoiling anything, but it follows the trials of three sisters who are immigrating from Sweden to America. I downloaded the book because of the tie to NYC and Ellis Island, which I had recently visited, and as such, was able to appreciate those scenes so much more for my familiarity with the location. The characters were well-written and interesting, and I liked that the narrative switched between the sisters' points [...]

    29. I wish there had been about 75 pages less at the beginning, and 75 more at the end. This story took a while to get going, but once it did I couldn't put it down. But then, just as I was reveling in a dramatic reunion scene, I turned the page to learn what happened only the next page was blank. The book was over, and left me feeling rather gipped whereas only a few paragraphs before I had been breathless with anticipation. So, for my taste, a little more streamlining at the beginning and a slight [...]

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