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Nan's Journey (Nan's Heritage #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  88 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Desperate to save her life and that of her five-year-old brother, Nan packs and flees an abusive home, embarking on a journey that will test her faith, determination, and spirit. Set in the 1800s, Nans Journey, follows Nan and her brother, Elmer, as they seek safety and find refuge and hope in the arms of a family of strangersincluding Fred Young, a disgruntled preacher tu ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises
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Matthew DeBettencourt
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Nan's Journey is an inspirational story about a young girl who, along with her little brother, suffered from abusive step-parents until one night she builds up the courage to flee. Nan is forced to grow up quickly as she struggles with her toughest obstacle: finding the heart to forgive those who had caused her pain.

The reader enters the story in the moments following a severe beating that impacted Nan more than any of the past experiences with her abusive stepmother, Mary. The story moves quic
Alyssa Pierce
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I absolutely love historical fictions. While reading Nan’s Journey, I completely lost track of time. I started reading in the early evening, and by the time I looked at my clock, it was 6 a.m. I wasn’t the most pleasant person that morning, but it was worth staying up.

The setting is in Colorado in the early 1900s. Nan is a young woman with many troubles. Her parents are dead, her stepparents are abusive, and she need to make sure her little brother, Elmer, is kept safe. After a particularly pai
Cheryl Morgan
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As a general rule, any book I read will have something about it I didn't particularly like. I can't make that statement about "Nan's Journey". From the first page on, I found the book an enjoyable read. The characters were well defined and Elaine did a good job of moving them along in their life's path, showing the changes they went through and why they made those changes. Without giving away the ending, I will say I had an advantage in knowing this was part of a 3-book series or I might have be ...more
Jane Harber
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
"Nan's Journey" was an amazing adventure story that takes you, the reader, on a journey through the Rocky Mountains. Nan is a young woman who has experienced much ... loss of loved ones, loss of her childhood, loss of her innocence. Yet, she never looses her purity. Charged with the care of her young brother, Nan displays the protective and loving nature of a mother. You are brought by the writer, Elaine Littau, through Nan's world. You are inspired by her trials and tribulations, and her victor ...more
Susan Earl
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and Nan's Journey by Elaine Littau has become one of my very favorite Christian HF books. Nan's Journey is an award winning novel that draws the reader in from the very first paragraph. Set in the 1800's in the mountains of Colorado, Nan and her "family" undergo many dangers as they struggle to overcome the fear, loss, and anger that has plagued their lives for so long. Nan's Journey is an intriguing story with characters readers can readily relat ...more
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My early assumption that this book was for young adult females was totally dispelled when I read Nan's Journey. I found the story of this young girl/turned woman, the heartache and pain she endures, to touch me deeply. Her ability to love through all that she goes through gives us, the readers, an example for our own lives. Her eventual trust in God is the culmination of putting her heart on the line and recognizing her own short comings. Elaine has done a fantastic job of bringing the past into ...more
Keli Wright
Jun 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: someone that likes christian fiction
Recommended to Keli by: saw it at the thrift store
I found this book at the thrift store I liked the Christian aspect of it. I also liked how she handled the sensitive parts I do think that it needed a lot more character development but that is just me, I bet that lots of people would love this book and if I happen to come across the second book I would read it because it would be interesting to see what happens
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing story

Nan's Journey pulls you right into the plight of an orphan boy and girl who must flee for their lives from an abusive situation. The West is described from the slightly different perspective of the preachers of the time and the Christian message is interwoven fairly seamlessly. The author has a way of telling a story that is engaging and even with some flaws, it is difficult to put down. I read it in one sitting. The story focuses on forgiveness and the journey of several of the
Dyvie Ravoajanahary
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
All in all, the book was good and well written despite some typos. I love the fact that it does not solely focus on Nan, but also on her husband and her tormentors. However I think Nan has suffered too much for the story to be realistic... Is there anyone who has lived such successions of hardships on earth?
Steve Groll
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a highly entertaining, inspirational drama with characters written so expertly that you could swear they were real people, then you will want to read "Nan's Journey" by Elaine Littau. If you are looking for a story that grabs you, holds your attention, and just never seems to drag, then Nan's Journey is for you. Now you may be thinking this book is not my genre. It is set in the 1800s and has Indians, and there is no magic or technology. I almost made that mistake, and I w ...more
Phyllis Pavis
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys historical Christian Romance
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This was an amazing book! I couldn't put it down! This was my first book by author Elaine Littau and I must say I am hooked.

Nan's Journey is the first in a series of five (I believe). It's a Christian Historical Romance based in the early 1800's. Nan and her little brother Elmer have a hard life from the beginning and the author takes through their hardships and triumphs with ease. I couldn't wait to turn the page to see what happens next!

The story line was easy to follow. The character's were i
Dawnita Fogleman
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction
The harsh consequences of other people's sin leave Nan bitter and broken, but God's amazing Love prevails in her life and overflows into the lives of those around her. Nan's Journey was a hard read. She went through traumatic circumstances no woman, especially a mother of daughters, wants to even think about. For someone who has experienced abuse, this book, hard as it was, was a healing experience. Elaine weaves scripture, God's amazing love, and the salvation message throughout each of her boo ...more
Jim Hughes
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Several years ago there was a popular TV commercial that promised to take you away from the stresses and concerns of your day. For a few moments of your day you could forget all about life and enjoy a luxurious soaking in a nice warm tub. Nan's Journey will take you away as well. Author Elaine Littau draws you into her world of lost love, tender love, developing love, and ultimately Christ-like love. You will discover how hard it is to forgive and embrace in love someone who doesn't deserve it ...more
Gailya Keller
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Join Nan as she finds escape for herself and her little brother from a horrible situation. Nan and her brother Elmer grab your heart and take it with them. You will want to gather them up and let them know it will be ok. They manage to start a new, wonderful life thanks to a special couple. They have wonderful adventures and more heartache as they attempt to heal. Nan finds true love as she learns to trust others and to trust God. Life comes full circle in the appearance of an unexpected person ...more
Edmond P.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The power of forgiveness. A must read.
Nan’s Journey is thoughtful, engaging & inspiring. Because of the riveting story line, I got so involved that leaving it was difficult.
I found myself wondering how a young girl could suffer so much abuse, take on the parenting role of her younger brother, and still exhibit the strength needed to lead them both through all that adversity. How could she ever forgive those who made her suffer?
Through Nan’s Journey, Elaine Littau, with her very memorable
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about this book. It kept me reading because I wanted to see what happened yet it left me with a huge feeling of disappointment. The author didn't touch on the things that I was interested in like what happened to the baby that was stolen and sold to the Indians, etc. Also it ended rather abruptly. I think that I have read enough in the series with just the first book to know that I am not interested in moving on with it.
Edmond DeRousse
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The story was so compelling, it was impossible to let go of the book. I mean, how can a girl so young suffer so much and still have the strength to forgive those who had caused her pain? Elaine Littau's work exhibits the true beauty of Christian fiction.
S. B.  Newman
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Elaine Littau has an uncanny knack for telling incredible stories. She is an excellent writer and I appreciate her work a great deal! If you haven't read any of her books, start with this one and read the entire series. They are powerfully written!
Jennifer McMurrain
May 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
The woman who wrote this lives near where I grew up so I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. Plain and simple I found there was too much conflict and not enough healing. It ended quickly, like the author just got tired of writing.
Carol Schultz
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The book has a historical backdrop but the message is timeless. Please see my full review at
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Author Elaine Littau is a woman who loves life. She loves laughing and telling funny stories about Terry, her husband of 36 years. She has a passion for writing books, blogs, and articles, as well as helping other authors learn how to market books. Among other things she was a church secretary, has led women's groups and taught preschool. She was a mentor for the M.O.P.S. (mothers of preschoolers) ...more
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