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Since You Went Away (Children of the Promise #2)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  6,815 ratings  ·  234 reviews
Mom, when are you going to add two more stars to the banner in our window?" LaRue asked.

"You obviously haven't looked. I sewed them on this morning." All around Salt Lake City-and across the nation — the banners were showing up now. Each star represented a member of the household who was serving in the military. And already, gold stars — for those who had died in action —
Paperback, 507 pages
Published October 1997 by Deseret Book
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This book was great...I liked it better than the first. Maybe it's because I already knew all the characters so there wasn't much need for character development. Maybe it's because the author just jumped in and got on with the cliff-hanging storyline. Maybe it was because it took place during the bulk of WWII. Probably all of the above. I found the characters' stories to be so fascinating...Wally's in particular as he was a POW of Japan in the Phillipines. The whole time I was reading I kept thi ...more
“Since You Went away” is #2 in the series, “Children of the Promise”. WWII escalates and we readers experience the extreme challenges of each individual member, especially those Thomas “children” that have joined the military.

Wally’s tour and captivity in the Philippines is VERY difficult to read. I know the events and treatment of prisoners are true and the mental pictures in my mind were so sad. I will admit there were parts of the Baatan Death March I just had to scan simply because the deta
Love this series! The characters are so compelling and I cannot put it down. I learn so much about history, I love how he takes real events and weaves it into a fictional family so when you learn what really happen, you like the fiction better. Cannot get enough!
History has never been my favorite subject. I always have a hard time wrapping my head around the details and dates. This book helped bring WWII alive for me, and even prompted me to research about some of the specific events that happened (which is saying a lot for me). I am also fascinated to find out more details on what my own grandparents were doing to contribute to the war. The 1940s now feel less abstract and far away to me. Reading something like this helps me as one of the following gen ...more
The Thomas family is not together for Christmas this year. Wally is a prisoner of war in the Philippines, Bobbi is a naval nurse in Hawaii, Alex is training to be a paratrooper, and Gene is getting ready for basic training. Meanwhile the Stoltz family, baptised by Alex in Germany before he had to leave the mission field, is in hiding in Germany, having defied the Gestapo.

Hughes does a good job with bringing a human element to many sides of the war. Bea becomes a "Rosie Riveter," leaving her baki
This series was educational and entertaining to read. I loved it!
I am enjoying this series of historical fiction about life during World War II. I'm inspired by the examples of courage and faithfulness during trials and heartache, and the important reminder to be steadfast in righteousness, even in the midst of wickedness and worldliness. I am also touched by the message of hope and strength passed on by previous generations. The blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ and strong family relationships are such a blessing during times of trial.

Here are a few qu
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
Stan Crowe
Jul 15, 2012 Stan Crowe marked it as to-read
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
This is the second in the Children of the Promise series that I'm re-reading. I like the characters and the storyline, though the first in the series was more touching for me. I remember having a hard time slogging through all the details of training and battle (one of the characters, Alex, is a paratrooper who invades France on D-Day), and this time around I appreciated the story more, but it still wasn't terribly gripping.

On the flip side, I really connected with a couple of the other storyli
I wish everyone under 60 would read this book and realize what their grandparent's generation lived through - whether fighting in the trenches or supporting the war effort from the home front. Can we even imagine the cost paid by every family who lost a loved one (or two or three) so far from home.

The world is fighting another war in this generation. But we aren't rationed food, or tires, or material for clothing. The loss of life, though horrific for their families, is not nearly as devastating
Emmalynn Herbstritt
I like how every character has some time to tell their life at that point of time. I like how descriptive Dean Hughes wrote Wally's life during WW2. Wally really is starting to be like his dad. I think that Alex is extremely brave for what he did before he was sent to England. I laughed so hard when Alex found out that Curtis was shot in the butt! I am happy that Anna and Alex were able to find each other and get married. I am happy and sad for Bobbie that she met and fell in love with Richard. ...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
I listened to this one as an audiobook. I really enjoyed watching the Thomas family as they go through new experiences surrounding World War II. I was able to learn about several different aspects of the war with the characters all spread across the world. I am really interested to continue reading about their progression through the rest of the series.
I absolutely love these books! I can't put them down. The author does a wonderful job with historical fiction (which is my favorite) He does a great job of recreating the WWII era. I have learned so much about that time period and it is explored on all sides. I think mostly people think about Hitler and not the Japanese envolvement and this book does an awesome job of helping you to understand both sides. I also love how you get the whole perspective...Soldier, nurse, POW, the family at home, Ge ...more
David Eldredge
I was glad I read the afterword or I wouldn't have cared for this book at all- luckily he explains what parts of the book were accurate and what his resources were. I still felt like it was too heavy on fiction and too light on history so I probably won't continue reading the series- just not for me.
The second book was much better than the first in this series, particularly the parts about the Bataan death march and D Day. The dialogue between the characters in the U.S. is still weak, but the descriptions of the war are very good.
Really enjoying the character development and the continuing story in this WWII-era LDS historical fiction. I've been thinking so much about my grandparents while listening to this story, knowing that they had choices and decisions to make as they became adults in a war-time environment. Great series!
It wasn't as good as the 1st but good nontheless. Dean Hughs did a great job with each of the characters.

I'm reading this a second time and find myself not wanting to read it cause I now Gene's going to die soon. He's my favorite character. Even over Wally. He's just so lovable.

I love Richard! Although Bobbi annoys me. She's so...just so...I don't know. I do like her but she annoys me sometimes.

Poor Wally! I love him too! he's so amazing! I feel so bad for him!

Alex's training his awsome. I LOVE
This is book 2 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
By the time I began this book (second in a series of five), I was already very familiar with the main characters, the Thomas family of Sugar House, Utah. By this time, four of the children are serving in the military during world war 2. Wally is still in a prison camp in the Philippines, and his brother Alex still struggles with his role as paratrooper over Germany since he served a mission in Germany earlier and feels a strong inner conflict. Bobbi is a nurse in Honolulu and Gene is on his way ...more
This book totally brought out the weepy, cry-baby part of me. SO GOOD. (view spoiler)
I like the way the author told his story using real events in history. I really like learning more about World War 2.

So I got this book on CD to listen to on my way to Vegas (yes, ironic, I know) and then as I picked up my copy of the book to pick up where I left off on the drive...I discovered all this stuff that the CD had left out! They abridged the heck out of it and didn't even indicate that on the cover. So I had to go through the book and find all the parts I had missed, and I think if I were to have read this all the way through, without being so choppy, it would have gotten five stars from me. Moral o ...more
The Thomas family continues to endure the war - Wally remains as a prisoner of war, but Gene is killed on his first day fighting. The Stoltz family escapes Germany, and Alex leads his troop in a heroic battle but is injured. Anna finds Alex in a military hospital where they are married before he returns to battle. Bobbi also falls in love.

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 l
Linda Brough
This is a religious historical fiction. I read the first book in this series a long time ago. I actually enjoyed most of this book. Some parts were a little cheesey but the historical parts that were brought to life, I learned from. The pain of war that affects both sides was addressed in a sensitive manner. War and death are especially hard topics to write about since everyone views them from their own unique situations. I felt safe reading this book, knowing that nothing offensive would sudden ...more
What do I love about this book? Dean Hughes does such a great job of making the characters real and the story believable...there's just nothing that seems contrived or unrealistic. Every one of his characters are well developed and act and feel like you would expect that anyone you know would act and feel. Also, Hughes has really done his research in order to successfully portray WWII for many different people in many different places and circumstances. No sugar coating, no grandstanding, no sen ...more
I was anxious to read this next volume after finishing the first in the series. I liked the first one better, but still loved this book. Again, it made me think about the realities of war...the horror of it, the inner struggles & conflicts of the people at war, and the necessity of it at times. Since there are a lot of different characters in different places, there is a lot of jumping around in the book (more than in the first book). It bothered me sometimes to interrupt one person's story ...more
I really love reading these books--So entertaining. The Thomas's remind me a lot of my family growing up. President Thomas reminds me of my Dad in a lot of ways.
I know I like a book when I'm thinking about it long after I've put it down. My only complaint is that sometimes I felt like the situations were "pushing it" and didn't feel real, like that it couldn't happen ( not believable). I don't know. I didn't live through WW II or that era. I think the characters have an awful lot of luck on th
Not as compelling as the first, but I am still very interested in this series!
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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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Other Books in the Series

Children of the Promise (5 books)
  • Rumors of War (Children of the Promise, #1)
  • Far From Home (Children of the Promise, #3)
  • When We Meet Again (Children of the Promise, #4)
  • As Long As I Have You (Children of the Promise, #5)
Rumors of War (Children of the Promise, #1) When We Meet Again (Children of the Promise, #4) As Long As I Have You (Children of the Promise, #5) Far From Home (Children of the Promise, #3) The Writing on the Wall (Hearts of the Children, #1)

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