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Far From Home (Children of the Promise #3)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  6,592 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Far From Home is a moving, powerful novel about the effects of adversity, and about the love of family members for each other. If you''re interested in World War II, or if you simply enjoy a great story, you won't want to miss this third volume of Children of the Promise.
Hardcover, 492 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Deseret Book Co
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Jan 30, 2014 Mandalyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers
Recommended to Mandalyn by: Wasn't recommended by anyone. I just found it and wanted to finish the series.
Far From Home was yet another good book in the series. It is a really heart wrenching book. You feel for the characters and really want what is best for them. The book makes you cry in both sad and happy ways. Its about World War II and is religious. It's about the LDS church in it's earlier years. The book continues on about the characters in the first and second book. A few more characters are added though. One thing that is fun to read through is how each character changes. All of the charact ...more
“Far From Home” is #3 in “Children of the promise” series of five. I liked it just as much as the first and second. There are a few happy moments, but the majority is still the anguish of WWII from every angle you could imagine.

I love that these volumes follow significant characters and their individual trials. We know what Peter is facing as he struggles to survive in the German army, even though he is so opposed to Hitler; he has no choice. Bobbie is faced with what fate her beloved Richard h
Another good book in the series! The war continues and families are still separated, but even amid the trials there are blessings and miracles for the Thomas family. Some of them are brought together and they all continue to push forward. I like reading about familiar places - Hawaii and its culture, Japan, Salt Lake City, London. I like learning about the history, although it's very sad to think about the realities and horrors of war. I can't imagine the horrible hardships and then memories the ...more
The third book of this series started wearing a little bit thin for me. Each character has one single storyline: Bea trying to maintain some independence from her domineering husband, LaRue chasing boys, Bobbi trying yet again to decide whether she really wants to marry her latest fiance, Anna just being her sweet little optimistic self (does that girl have any personality at all?), President Thomas struggling with his tendency to control all aspects of his family's lives, the Stoltzs still on t ...more
I think one of the best things about Dean Hughes' authorial style is that it's clean and transparent. The story pulls you in, but you're not constantly being reminded that you're *in* a story--that, to me, is a mark of a skilled author.

I had to laugh, a little, when I realised that after reading (well, listening to) "Far From home," and a few of the sequels, that I had become engrossed in what essentially amounts to and LDS literary soap opera. But Hughes has definitely done his homework, making
Laura Gubler
American history is my absolute favorite school subject! This is the reason Historical Fiction is my favorite book genre. WWII, however, has always been the part of our history that I only learned what was needed to "pass the tests" this being because of all the things that happened to the Jews. It was always a very hard thing for me to think about. I have owned the Children of the Promise book series for over 5 years now and finally brought myself to read them THANKS to my father in law. This b ...more
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The book I just finished was Children of the Promise. It was a good book. I liked it because it is interesting to see how they survive. I think that anyone who likes WWII books should read this.

There were lots of different characters that the book referred to so I am going to talk about them and their experiences in the book. I am going to start with Alex. He is in the army right now, fighting for America against Germany. He and his company go to Holland to fight and sort of weaken the borders
Stan Crowe
I think one of the best things about Dean Hughes' authorial style is that it's clean and transparent. The story pulls you in, but you're not constantly being reminded that you're *in* a story--that, to me, is a mark of a skilled author.

I had to laugh, a little, when I realised that after reading (well, listening to) several of the "Hearts of the Children" series that I had become engrossed in what essentially amounts to and LDS literary soap opera. But Hughes has definitely done his homework, ma
4.5 stars. I really like this series! I shouldn't have waited so long to read it, I have been missing out. It is so interesting to hear the many perspectives from the different members of the family in the many different situations and places they are. It allows for a very personal view of so many aspects of the war. The characters are all so realistic and dynamic with their flaws and struggles. I never thought a lot about what it would be like to be LDS at this time and it is so interesting to ...more
In this continuing saga, Hughes once again does not disappoint! I can't help but feel like I know these people personally and that they really exist. Of course they don't, but Hughes once again has done such good research that he seems to clearly understand just exactly how one would think, feel and react in all situations presented. During the time spent with Alex and his buddies in battle and setting in foxholes, I couldn't help but think about my own dad and what it must have been like for hi ...more
Dean Hughes successfully and masterfully weaves the story of the Thomas family again in the third installment of the Children of the Promise series. I'm listening to the audio version of the series and really enjoying it. This series really gets me thinking about and feeling for families within and outside of my faith that were raising families during World War II.
Emmalynn Herbstritt
Once again, I like how the story is split up into each person's story. I love how detail Dean Hughes was when describing what the characters were feeling like at the time period. My favorite description was when the feelings of Alex were described. I am happy that Wally has survived throughout all the imprisonment he has gone through. I like how he tried hard to be nice to the Japanese guards even though they are cruel to the prisoners. I am glad that Alex finally started to find himself again a ...more
I liked this book just as well as the first 2, but I'm finding the longer I spend with the soldiers in their foxholes, the feelings they are having linger with me, and I am a bit weighed down by it. My opinions on war in general haven't ever been favorable, but my dislike for them has at least doubled from these books. I like how the author adds a short list of other books you can read on applicable topics. I do have a very sincere sense of gratitude for things like simple meals, clean water, be ...more
This is my summary of the entire series. I love this series of books. It is a great history of the World War II and how it affected a regular family trying to deal with the changes the war brought. It is LDS historical fiction, so it's about an LDS family living in Salt Lake City during the war. It follows the story of the six children in the family. The four oldest go off to fight the war; Alex in the army, Wally in the Army Air Corps, Bobbi as a nurse in the navy, and Gene in the Marines. It i ...more
This wasn't my favorite in the series. Parts of it were interesting, but some parts just weren't my cup of tea. I wish more time was spent on Peter and Bro. Stoltz in Germany, Bobbi in Hawaii, and Wally in Japan. I kind of kind tired of reading all the battle info with Alex's adventures (although my grandfather was at the Battle of the Bulge, so that was a bit interesting), and I got so sick of LaRue and her selfish attitude. She drove me nuts with how she was going around with Ned, leading him ...more
Shari Allen
A great prepared novel about the effects of adversity. Well documented events that open understanding and defenses to the use of mankind for power control...
Anna liked Mr. Dillingham's Understatement about the war. Surely everyone in the world had learned enough to last for a long time, she thought. She knew that people had a way of forgetting quickly, but this amount of suffering had to stick with people for generations to come, it seemed.
One of Dean Hughes favorite way to research experiences
Apr 19, 2015 Kent added it
I read/listened to the recordings of the whole series several years ago. I really enjoy Dean Hughes' works in general, and enjoyed this series as much as anything else he has written. A superb series about a family during the years leading up to, including, and going beyond WW II.
This book is tittering on the edge of becoming 2 stars. Having just finished this book, I sit and wonder what else can possibly happen to these characters to take up two more books? I started to empathize with the characters when they would complain that the war was never going to end, maybe Hughes meant to drag out all the battles and conflicts so that we could feel the same worked! I really struggled through the last 200 pages and have lost some desire to finish the series. This story ...more
Officially with the finishing of this book, I'm past the arc of the series (third of five books). This one was much more depressing in its reality of war than had been the others, but I had to appreciate the research and attention to detail the author uses. It may be a work of fiction, but I'm nearly sure the descriptions of war are based on real situations. You can feel the cold, damp despair of a trench in the 'Battle of the Bulge,' and can practically smell the burned rice the prisoners are f ...more
You get a good look into Larue's character and that's real nice because she's a fresh story. Naughty, naughty, little girl but I still LOVE her story! She's an awesome character!

President Thomas does some pretty good changing in this book. He grows a lot- in a good way though.

What can I say? I LOVE Wally! I feel bad for him, especially when he loses a friend!

Alex- he's an interesting story. It's great though. I have to say I like Duncan now.

The Stolz's story its definetly better in this book an
This is book 3 of 5 in the "Children of the Promise" series. The author did a fabulous job researching the era in which his stories are set, and his writing style is gripping!This is a fabulous series of historical fiction - I highly recommend reading them! But don't start reading them unless you have a few days to dedicate. I own all the books and would be happy to loan them to any friends who live close enough. From the back cover: "Set during World War II, Children of the Promise is an epic ...more
So far this is my favorite book in this series. I love how the author made the characters very real and how he was also able to bring World War II to life. I felt I was able to see so many of the changes and various losses this war brought about, but without overly gorey details. I remember my roommate's grandfather was a WWII vet and when Saving Private Ryan came out, he asked that his family not see it. He knew all too well the horrors of that war and felt he fought in it so his family wouldn' ...more
I love how this series helps me to see World War II in a different way. It has helped me make an emotional connection to that time and help me appreciate my freedom even more!
This book made me cry so many times I lost track at like time 10. Such a heart-wrenching, moving series.
Heather Murphy
Apr 29, 2008 Heather Murphy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Heather by: Carolyn and Curtis
Entertaining and yet potentially inspiring! This book also gives great insight into what war does to different people. As the reader, you feel the terrible fear and loss without having to read about the gore. Well-done. True to life. This author has done his research.

I waited a few months in-between book 2 and this book and I think it helped make the characters fresh and exciting again. Every character's story within this book is interesting. Great characters with realistic fears and weaknesses
A realist does not want to invent happy endings that are not there. Although, being a realist, a person can still have hope and faith, even though at times it is difficult to keep them strong. I consider myself a realist, but sometimes it would be nice to be an optimist and see life through rose colored glasses. J Ruben Clark said we should honor our soldiers, but we should never honor war. This book brings out the fact that tragedy can bring great faith; that life is all about surviving hard ti ...more
Wally remains in the Japanese prison camp, struggling to overcome bitterness & hatred. Bro Stoltz has returned to Germany to hunt for Peter who joined the military to escape the Gestapo. Bobbie is still in Hawaii, and Alex is struggling in Belgium.

The entire series is well researched and in depth. He does a good job of placing characters in many of the important events of the war (sometimes he's even a little too obvious about it). The characters are multi-faceted and develop well as the ser
3.5 stars. WWII on all fronts. Good story.
Since I am reading all of these in a row, it's hard to differentiate and rate each book individually. I'm just loving them. Talk about tugging at your heart strings. And I love that while the characters are fictional, all the history is dead on ( pun intended). It's a great way to learn a little about the most life changing war in history, while being immensely entertained in the process. Darn you, Dean Hughes. I was perfectly happy not liking religious fiction. Why'd you have to write su ...more
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Dean Hughes is the author of more than eighty books for young readers, including the popular sports series Angel Park All-Stars, the Scrappers series, the Nutty series, the widely acclaimed companion novels Family Pose and Team Picture, and Search and Destroy. Soldier Boys was selected for the 2001 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. Dean Hughes and his wife, Kathleen, have three ...more
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Children of the Promise (5 books)
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  • Since You Went Away (Children of the Promise, #2)
  • When We Meet Again (Children of the Promise, #4)
  • As Long As I Have You (Children of the Promise, #5)

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“War is the greatest evil Satan has invented to corrupt our hearts and souls. We should honor our soldiers, but we should never honor war.” 24 likes
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