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Until We Reach Home ❰Download❯ ➶ Until We Reach Home Author Lynn Austin – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 sistersSo begins their jou 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 sistersSo begins their journey to America, the land of dreams and second chancesBut as hardship becomes their constant companion, Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia Until We eBook æ question their decision to immigrate to Chicago Will their hopes for the future ever be realized.


10 thoughts on “Until We Reach Home

  1. Jane Jane says:

    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 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 novel Its unpretentious writing and straightforward narrative occasionally made me feel that I was reading a YA book, but this suited a story about three young, relatively uneducated women The spiritual themes did not emerge straightaway, which I appreciated most inspirational authors seem compelled to drop a God bomb into the first chapter to establish their Christian credentials, but Austin holds back until we re familiar with the three women and understand their inner struggles.There is a strong theme of the vulnerability of unprotected women very true in the society of the 1800s, of course and I was worried at times that the only solution would be the strong arms of a man Thankfully, the male characters displayed many vulnerabilities of their own, and in the end the most dominant characters in this book were the secondary female ones The solutions to the protagonists dilemmas were slightly farfetched, but satisfying.The Swedish settings were fascinating, and made me want to knowabout Chicago s Swedish community, which I ve only experienced very briefly in the neighborhood of North Park college mentioned in the book The details about Ellis Island were quite illuminating, and the depiction of life aboard an immigrant ship kept me interested All in all, an enjoyable historical inspirational romance read


  2. Auntie Auntie says:

    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 muchabout 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 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 muchabout 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 great storytelling abilities to this particular story It moves along well, and I found myself wishing for resolution to their dilemmas i.e.they were sponsored, but an unwanted trip to populate a northern community of bachelors was Auntie s solution to the dilemma of 3 extra mouths to feed at a difficult time as much as the girls did themselves The girls learned to grow in their faith and encouraged one another with scripture But the theme of faith was presented very realistically I ve read other Christian fiction where the faith element has had a ponderous moralizing tone, however, Lynn presents us with a very believable transition from a tenuous beginning to a confident trust through the events that shape the girls need for God.Its a good, healthy read


  3. Beth Beth says:

    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 evenso 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, 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 evenso 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, Kirsten, selfishness and Sophie, fear Their growth from total dependence on each other to relying on themselves and God was inspiring I also loved the story itself It was simple and sweet, yet oftentimes sad, and that made it realistic.Unfortunately, it was a slow start for me, and I felt the plot could have moved a littlequickly The rising action took a long time to rise Another aspect I didn t like wast that at times the dialogue was a bit too simple and didn t come across as how real people would speak And lastly, the ending was WAY too abrupt Even a brief epilogue would have been nice, but it just felt like it ended.This almost reads like a young adult novel, which kind of threw me at first, because I thought it could have been a bitcomplex as far as the style goes However, that doesn t mean that Austin shies away from tough topics She addresses them in way that isn t gratuitous or overly explicit Overall, it was a great read, with a little bitter a little sweet mixed together I like how the resolution wasn t all sugary sweet tied up with a bow except for one certain sister who got a sweet happily ever after Still, all of the sisters have growing up to do and life to live, and Austin left the story there instead of depending on romance to save the day, and it was refreshing


  4. Loraine Loraine says:

    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 becamemature especially in their spiritual lives as they encountered all of the difficulties of emigrating and starting life anew in America As a genealogist, I found Ms Austin s description of emigra 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 becamemature especially in their spiritual lives as they encountered all of the difficulties of emigrating and starting life anew in America As a genealogist, I found Ms Austin s description of emigration and the Ellis Island process very accurate and well researched.I could definitely see some sequels to this book continuing the story of each of the girls lives


  5. Libtechgurugoddess Libtechgurugoddess says:

    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 The 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 The true heroine of the book seems to me to be the youngest sister, as she finds her way out of constant fear into God s light fairly early in the book by reading the Bible she s the voice of reason for many of the people in the book The historical information about Ellis Island woven into the story is fascinating If you have ancestors that came to the United States via the island, I recommend the book to you


  6. Sharon Huether Sharon Huether says:

    Three sisters leave their native Sweden for anew life in the United States.When they arrived an arangement that was promised to them was not happening.They relied on their faith in God, although they did some planning on their own they were all happy.This was a book I couldn t stop reading.Good story.


  7. Mikaylah Brooke Hansen Mikaylah Brooke Hansen says:

    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 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 attempts at Sophia the youngest after doing so to Elin Elin notices all this, and longs for her sisters to grow up in a safe haven Elin begins writing her Uncle Lars in America, and is invited for her and her sisters to move in, under a condition that is mysterious to them at the moment Sophia, the innocent sixteen year old, regrets to leave her home, and is sorrowful on their journey Kirsten, however, is furiously glad to go after being left heart broken by Tor in Sweden Little does she know she is carrying a suprise.On their trip to America, through sea and rail road, Elin is battling everything Kirsten becomes flightsy and needy, Sophia becomes depressed, and Elin carries Typhus sickness on top of all her other burdens This happens because she was taking care of a sick family.Once they reach America, the Carlson sisters must pass inspection physical health to enter in America Kirsten is sustained to a hospital because the doctors are hiding a secret about her condition , while Elin is stuck in the hospital because of her typhus condition Timid Sophia is left to wait in the inspection center, only speaking Swede, and she then meets a German man, who is a devoted Christian, and attempts to encourage her by looking up Scriptures, telling her the reference and then she would look up with numbers in her Bible Not only does he play the violen beautifully, but his faith in God keep Sophia calm.When Elin and Kirsten are released, there are some tension being held in Kirsten is now hiding something from her sisters, and so is Elin Once they arrive in America, they find out their condition to stay in America was to marry a stranger Elin and her sisters refuse this condition, and so they must go to work to pay the men back.The Carlson sisters end up working for a buttinsky old lady, who does not want to move out of her house, and who also is holding harsh feelings for her daughter in law The Carlson sisters help the woman The seemingly grouchy elderly woman adores Sophia s darling voice, and suggests she entertain folks with her gift Meanwhile, Kirsten s secret is about to show.Meanwhile, the girl s employer dies and leaves Elin a nursing scholarship, and Sophia a scholarship, along with Kirsten Kirsten and Sophia also has surpises Kirsten is getting married to a stranger, Sophia is taking the stage seriously, and Elin agrees to marry a man in Wisconsin she has been corresponding with, and offers her sisters to come with her even though they would not marry against their will They all get angry, and it is up to God to sort everything out for them.This heartwarming novel is perfect in every way, and is irrestible


  8. M M says:

    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 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 tickets because they didn t move to Wisconsin to marry the 3 men in turn for their tickets So, they take a job with an elderly lady who is seen as mean But, they learn that gossip can be wrong, and they see a different side of the lady and learn her story They have to learn how to navigate an unknown city on their own and learn how to lead a life full of poverty and let downs but still be happy I think that each of the sisters have one important signature trait Elin is always very thoughtful of others and humble This is shown in the plot because she leaves her life behind so that she is able to provide and care for her sisters, which is very humble Kerstin is able to admit and move on from her mistakes, which is something that is very valuable I remember when I was little my mom would always tell to me to Look up and out which is shown very well in this book The phrase means to look up and pray for forgiveness and to confess your sins, and to look out and move on from you mistakes by learning from them Sofia is very determined because she is able to overcome her fears such as stage fright or leaving her home so that she can better her and her sister s lives My favorite part of the book was the romance between Sofia and Ludwig because it is a perfect example of a silver lining of a problem At first glance, the sickness of Kerstin and Elin seems very unfortunate But, Sofia grows from it by meeting the love of her life If Sofia never had to stay at Ellis Island and wait for her sisters to get well, she never would have met Ludwig This shows how God works to plan out our life and how He works in mysterious ways I learned that we should always trust God to shape our lives For I know the plans I have for you , declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to to give you hope and a future Jeremiah 29 11 Although the book was great, I do have a few complaints Fist off, I wish the book was a bit longer so we could learnof the resolution In my opinion it ended a bit short and abruptly Second, I wish that the girls weren t involved with the the stolen jewelry and didn t go to jail because I thought it was bit cheesy and didn t incorporate into the rest of the book very well Overall, I loved the book because of it s beneficial messages and informational plot


  9. Shari Larsen Shari Larsen says:

    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 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 Chicago and then not getting the warm welcome from their aunt and uncle that they were expecting They are willing to hard though, and are determined to stay together and make a new life for themselves.I really enjoyed this story, especially the relationship between Sophia, who could only speak Swedish, and Ludwig, who only knew German they did not let a language barrier prevent them from falling in love, and found a unique way to communicate.This story was well researched, and having Scandinavian ancestors on my dad s side of the family, it gave me a whole new appreciation of some of the things they had to go through in order to settle here


  10. Lee Margaret Lee Margaret says:

    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 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 think that anyone under age 13 should read this The only thing is that one person gets pregnant in the book so Moms, you might want to talk about that with your kids The book does not talk about it other than that the person is going to have a baby It s a great christian, clean fiction book that s entertaining and fun to read


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