Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Anna's Journey

Anna's Journey is a freshly published novel about Anna Palm and her family, immigrants from Sweden in 1848, among the first Swedes in Central Texas.

The book is based on authentic family members and places, portrayed through the author's imagination of what these brave immigrants must have experienced as they journeyed into the unknown. Follow them as they struggle with the difficult decision to leave their home country. Sail with them on the dangerous waters of the Atlantic. Persevere with them as they encounter Comanches, bears, diseases, and swarms of grasshoppers. Mourn with them as they grieve the death of loved ones. Agonize with them as they struggle with personal decisions brought on by the once foreign issues of slavery, secession, and a Civil War. Their story is representative of the journeys of thousands of immigrants who left their homes and ventured forth with little more than dreams about the frontiers of a New World.

The author is a native Texan, familiar with the state's varying topography, the extreme weather, and the courageous survivors who carved out their new homes there. As a Lutheran pastor, Haverlah has visited in the homes of many direct descendants of the very pioneers about whom he now writes with deep admiration and appreciation.

Anna's Journey is available through Amazon . Contact Rev. Haverlah at elroyhaverlah@att.net or 512-244-3074.  He and his wife live in Round Rock and continue to attend Palm Valley Lutheran Church.


Rev. Elroy has developed a supplement for his novel in the form of images that are now documented on the SweAme website at Anna’s Journey Album. 
This Album contains 25 images that puts a “face” to the book’s characters, places and events.  It is an excellent additional to Rev. Elroy’s major work.




  1. Congratulations to Rev. Haverlah on the publication of his first book... I very much look forward to reading it!

  2. Hello and congratulations to Rev Haverlah! I was in contact with him several years ago when I was looking for ancestors in Round Rock. He put me in contact with Marvin Olson who lived on a farm nearby, and was a "distant cousin" to me. Unfortunately Marvin died some year ago, and I have no longer contact with that part of the family. But I remember how kind and helpful Rev Haverlah was, trying so much to help me find relatives from Smaland in Sweden. I'll buy his book and look forward to reading it!