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The plot for this story goes like this Elder Thomas is currently on his mission in Germany One day, Alex Thomas and his companion were out looking for people, who were interested in their church They came across a particular apartment building on the street and they knocked on a particular door Then, they met a family, who didn t really know anything about the church There name was the Stoltz s Back at Salt Lake City, Alex s brother Wally was on a date with his girlfriend and he was getting golf balls from a lake Alex was trying to get away from Germany because there was a bunch of war and bombing going on, so Alex tried everything he could, and eventually, he was able to make it home Back at Germany, the Stoltz knew that they were not safe, so they decided to run away from home and left with none of their belongings Then, Wally decides that he wants to join the air corps and he goes to the Philippines Then, Japan attacks and takes Wally and his group and they get captured Then Bobbi, Alex s sister decides that she wants to be a nurse in the army Alex also decides that he will go and be apart of the army, also The one character that I picked to do a report about was Wally because at the beginning of the book, he is very ignorant and not a very good person, but the experiences that he has while he is in war is incredible and he is able to live through it all with the strength of the lord He was also starved to death and he somehow survived it all with the lord s help He then was becoming ahumble person in every way possible Many died on the road and Wally almost did himself He got to a camp, where they were to work all of the time, nonstop Some things that I like about this book are all of the ups and downs that the Thomas family had to face as a family Also, I like all of the choices that the family makes, no matter how easy or hard they may seem to be It is an amazing book full of excitement, worry, compassion, and nurture I don t really have anything bad to say about the book It was much too good to put down all the time I can t wait to read all of the other books in the series I enjoy a good historical fiction that helps you get to know characters and better understand what it might have been like to live through different events in world history This is an interesting read just before America gets involved in World War II It s interesting to learn from the perspective of those on all sides a family in Salt Lake City, missionaries and converts in Germany, American military units in the Philippines, Japanese Americans living in Salt Lake, and even some General Authorities I learned a little about the Church and perceptions of the Church during the 1930 s, and thought about how some things have changed since then, but other things don t seem to ever change the importance of family and relationships, struggles in families, uncertain futures, and hard decisions to make I like the overlying message of standing up for good in the battle against evil in an uncertain time, and I think that message is just as applicable in our lives today.Here are a few quotes that I likedSatan is unleashing his forces against the Lord s people And we have to stand firm p 24 Righteous people have to stand up for what s true Then, a better time will come You see it in the Book of Mormon Bad times come, and good people humble themselves, and then blessings flow p 72 We search for peace, and we find very little Men are aiming guns at each other right now, preparing to make war Soon, perhaps, the only place we ll find peace is within ourselves and in Jesus Christ We must trust that in the end, all will be well as our favorite hymn tells us I want you to know that you will always be my brothers and sisters Nothing will change my heart The day will come when we will be united again I hope that war won t come, but if it does, trust that members of the Church all over the world will pray for you, will love you, will be waiting for the day when this darkness clears p 207 I want to see our bright young people step forward and lead this world p 349 Evil is trying to take over the world That s what it comes down to And the responsibility to stop it is going to be on our shoulders I ve been as stupid about this as anyone I just kept thinking we could stay out of it p 414 I guess now we ll find out what our family is made of We ve always had it too easy p 417 The important thing is that you keep learning We have to keep our minds going if we want to survive p 453 Overall, an interesting story I want to see what happens next It also has some good lessons and reminders don t waste the talents the Lord has blessed you with, work hard, knowing who you are and be yourself, love everyone, have faith, trust in the Lord and the power of prayer My very favorite parts of this book were sweet, humble, believing prayers that brought change and comfort and direction even in the middle of great hardship and uncertainty. Every Era Has Its Own Refiner S Fire, And World War II Put General Church Membership And Utah To A Test, Dean Hughes Explains In Children Of The Promise, His First Historical Fiction Series For Adults, Dean Shows Through The Eyes Of The Thomas Family How LDS Families Were Tested To The Limit Most People Agree It Was A Fascinating Time In World And American History In Fact, There Is A Charm And Nostalgia About That Dramatic Period, Says The Author Dean Weaves In Those Aspects Among The Conflict In The Series The First Volume, Rumors Of War Opens InWith Elder Alex Thomas And His Companion Serving In Germany It Soon Becomes Obvious That He Will Never Complete His Mission War Is Coming, And That Will Affect Not Only Elder Thomas But Also His Family Back Home In Salt Lake City I am going to do a general review of all 5 books in this series I loved them and really enjoy historical fiction I loved how each character was developed and integrated into the story perfectly so as to include many of the different aspects and perspectives of a life changing time in history Two thumbs up to be sure. 13 Rumors of War by Dean Hughes is a fascinating story that envelopes the reader deep into the world of WW It is about an LDS family that has a son on a mission in Germany Problems arise, and he is forced to come home There are struggles as the family has children leaving to the war, children struggling at home, and many hard decisions are made One daughter is having a hard time with engagement Some sons are feeling like they need to serve in the war Other kids struggle with growing up in this time period I loved this book It was fascinating for me to read, and I don t usually pick historical fiction as my first choice It was a good change of genre for me Even though it was long, it wasn t boring It would flash from place to place as the family was moved around, and I liked that Sometimes, there were points that I would rather stay and read about one place, but then it moved Then in the next chapter, the exact same thing would happen again This book was cool because it showed the struggles that came from a time not that long ago World War II is one of the few historical subjects that interests me, so I liked that I liked that this book was relatable Some of the problems that the family had were similar to my own problems I like books that make me feel things, and this book had lots of feelings I felt sad, happy, triumphant, angry, and many others The theme that I found for this book was that no matter where you go, there are still people in the world who love you With everyone being split apart by war, they had to remember their family was there for them This book is the first of a series, and I can t wait to see what happens next When I was in 8th grade, for a school project I had the chance to interview Dean Hughes about his research on World War II, and talk to him about his Children of the Promise series which follows a Salt Lake family throughout the war, on the homefront and the battlefield and his novel Soldier Boys about a Mormon kid s experience on Omaha Beach on D Day. I ve avoided reading this book for years because I was worried it was basically a Mormon romance novel I finally decided to buckle down and try it out, and ended up pleasantly surprised The combination of the fictional lives of an LDS family in the 1940s with the historical events that we re all familiar with from World War II made for a great book LDS fiction authors, and in particular historical fiction, often fall into the trap of having characters provide huge exposition dumps, usually in conversations that feel entirely unnatural Hughes avoids this almost entirely Even when a lot of exposition is necessary, he allows it to happen fairly organically The romance part of the story was a little sentimental and over the top, but I liked the characters enough that I didn t mind. This is a review of the entire Children of the Promise series by Dean Hughes, including Rumors of War, Since You Went Away, Far From Home, When We Meet Again, and As Long As I Have You. I loved these books the first Rumors of War took a few chapters to get me hooked and then I finished that one and read the rest eagerly until I got to the last one As Long As I Have Youabout that later These books will definitely appeal to LDS readers who enjoy historical fiction and wrestling with some of the issues that naturally arise in LDS families in or out of wartime.I have read a lot of historical fiction and history about World War II, so these books were definitely my cup of tea Hughes takes the reader through the lives of the Thomas and Stoltz families and their acquaintances, family, and friends as they deal with the impending war, the war and the home front, and the lives of the characters for a short time after the war He creates people whom you grow to love and care about His research is accurate and he manages to cover or at least touch on many important aspects of the war in Europe especially Germany and, to a lesser extent, England , D Day, the Battle of the Bulge in the Pacific with Pearl Harbor, the Bataan Death March and other POW and Navy Marine experiences and the effects of the war on civilians in the combat areas in Europe and England and back in the United States in Salt Lake City, where the Thomas family is based.Hughes doesn t just present facts, but intertwines the lives of the characters with historical events, including the pertinent history of the LDS Church at these times and places He also deals with major themes, such as the possible conflicts between being a Christian Latter day Saint immersed in military culture, with the duties of a soldier The commandment to love all of God s children is, of course, tested in a time of war Also, we see people waiting for news of loved ones who may be in danger or, alternatively, who represent home and safety Through the lives of his characters, Hughes explores aspects of faith, wanting to get away from the familiar and spread your wings, parents dealing with issues of control while trying to respect their children s agency and adulthood, the new roles and attitudes of women that developed during the war, and the conflict inherent in profiting legitimately by supporting the war effort such as manufacturing weapons or their components and yet profiting from well, war.Hughes juggles the characters lives skillfully Although his technique of moving from one character s story to another in a new chapter or mid chapter can sometimes be a bit of a jolt, for the most part the author s timing is good when he decides to drop one thread of the story and pick up another I looked forward to reading these books every day, and was upset knowing that I was approaching the last book and soon would be finished with the series Ironically, Hughes makes the parting easier, because the final book is not as engaging as the others, although it is still very good Its main problem is that three of the characters are dealing with the same problem the aftermath of having served in the military and the decision whether or not to share their experiences with their loved ones In the case of two characters, the reader knows what their experiences were When the third finally reveals his secret, it has been built up to the point of being anticlimactic tormenting to him, but not a big surprise to the reader who knows anything about human nature in wartime or crisis The reader may grow tired of having three characters whose thoughts and problems are so similar to each other Nevertheless, I had grown to care enough about these characters and the others that I enjoyed the final book and was actually relieved to be let out of the series without the mourning I had anticipated.The only other flaw I noticed in the books was a revolving door of suitors for one daughter Bobbi , and repeated misunderstandings of or backsliding about mutual feelings, that seemed at times contrived to avoid resolving her story line too soon One of the best aspects of the books is the continued personal development of the characters, even those whom the reader may judge too set in their ways to change, or too minor compared to other characters to command the author s attention Hughes did a great job of developing characters, young and old, men and women, in the context of their experiences in the war or on the home front As I wrote earlier, I loved and was engrossed in these books I can t imagine that Hughes could do as terrific a job in his follow up series, The Hearts of the Children, but I am going to read them, because even if they are only two thirds as good as Children of the Promise they will be worth the time. I liked this whole series As a person who is usally skeptical about any fiction published by LDS publishers, I expected to think it was dumb It wasn t I cried It was a real book, not one written just to sell stuff to Mormons I actually had to read it When I was at BYU I signed up for an LDS Literature class My thought was Really, how hard could reading a lot of Jack Weyland be But you know what That was a super awesome class And we didn t even read Charly.The name LDS Lit wasn t exactly what you d think It was not just specifically LDS published books, but books written by Mormons and books about Mormons, even those not written by Mormons Whew I must have read a lot that semester This website would have been nice to have back then.I read Recapitulation by Wallace Stegner, a non Mormon guy and a non Mormon book But a few of the people in the book were Mormon, I think I don t remember But I liked it And then there were some others I wish I still had my book list.Ok, sorry..back to this book I think one of my favorite parts was when a girl went on a date to Saltair and she rode the train I totally support any kind of public transporation that s why this book won me over.Also, the author spoke in one of our class sessions He was a nice guy, not even arrogant like he had the right to be cuz he d just written a great book This book surprised me I expected something like Gerald Lund s Work and the Glory I loved brother Lund s series It s an engaging way to learn the basics of Church history Yet, Work and the Glory lacked a sense of depth that Children of the Promise brings to the reader That depth comes from taking on difficult issues like a father s authority, women s roles, war, and doubting ones testimony All the while, brother Hughes allows the reader to feel authentic moments of deep, rich faith I loved this book Can t wait for volume two now.