Book Review: Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin

Until We Reach Home
by Lynn Austin
Copyright 2008
432 pages
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0495-1
Historical Fiction

From the publisher:
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?

My Review:
Lynn Austin has won multiple Christy awards for her historical fiction and it is certainly easy to see why, every one of her books that I have read I have really enjoyed. Until We Reach Home is no exception. We not only get to know the main character Elin Carlson but also her sisters as well.

Everything from the detail of the Swedish countryside to the English shores to the immigration offices on Ellis Island really made me feel like I was there experiencing the disappointment of love lost and the sadness that comes from separation of families. Ms. Austin also captured the relationship between sisters well, not only the love but the frustration that we all face in our relationships with family members. Even though I don't have sisters I am sure that I have bickered with my brothers just like the Carlson sisters.
The ending to this was very satisfying however I do wish the story would have went on to show what happened next in the sisters new lives. If you liked Lynn's previous books A Proper Pursuit and her latest Though Waters Roar (my review HERE) I think you will definitely enjoy this stand alone, Until We Reach Home.

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*I received this book from a book swap site,*


  1. Renee....

    You keep reviewing all these books that I have on my shelves that I haven't read yet!! LOL! :o) I wish I had as much time as you have to read. If I did, I for sure know that there wouldn't be any unread Lynn Austin books in my house at all. :o)

  2. LOL Christy I got this book today so you know that Lynn is one of the authors who takes priority spots on my TBR pile!

  3. I loved this book! It drew me in and I devoured it!

  4. I totally agree with you, Renee! Lynn Austin is an amazing writer and practically the only one my family will read together. Have you tried Hidden Places?

  5. Yessss I have read Hidden Places Casey and I totally loved it!

  6. I've read a few of her books and loved them all...will have to put this on my wish list. :) Another great review! :)


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