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Rumors of War (Children of the Promise #1)

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The elders could see nothing but smoke until they turned the corner onto the
street where the fire was. And then, both of them stopped. "The
synagogue!" Elder Thomas said. It had never occurred to him that anyone -
even the Nazis - would do such a thing.

Elder Thomas got his camera out. He snapped the shot but then heard
someone say, in German, "What are you doing there?"


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Published (first published June 14th 1997)
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Dec 23, 2009 Terrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LDS or history lovers.
Let me start by saying that I HATE LDS fiction because it follows the formula of member meets non-member,they fall in love, non- member joins the church. BORING!
BUT this series was nothing like that. The story takes place during WWII and starts out in Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake (where I grew up) with a typical LDS family whose dad is the Bishop. These are very real characters that I grew to love. I've said before I have only read 2 books in my life where I sobbed. I cried so hard reading these
Jun 23, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 e
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.
Ingrid Lola
Jan 04, 2009 Ingrid Lola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 21, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 You)--more about that later. These books will definitely appeal to LDS readers who enjoy historical fiction and wrestling wit ...more
Dec 21, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Auth ...more
Feb 06, 2009 Melynna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying two things:
1) I'm usually not a big fan of LDS fiction. It tends to be kinds dorky and a little too in-your-face spiritual. Not to mention badly written. But I liked this book. It wasn't like that at all.
2) I took a creative writing class from Dean Hughes, and he's totally and completely awesome. I'll try not to let that fact slant my review.

I really liked this novel. It has well developed characters and story line, and it's super clear that Hughes did his research (it's a
Jun 07, 2009 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mandy by: Mom
Thought I'd give it a shot. My mom loves this series. We'll see...

Well, I did it. I'm not a super fan of the LDS fiction genre. It's generally super cheesy and unrealistic and preachy. But I love historical fiction, and Rumors of War delivered a great story. Set in the years leading up to World War II, the story details the lives of members of the fictional Thomas family. The tale switches from Alex, serving a mission in Germany, to Bobbi, engaged to the perfect man (according to her family, at
I can't even count how many times I've read this series and I still love it every time. This time I listened to the audiobook and thought it was well done.Sad to discover that my other very favorite WWII historical fiction series isn't available on audiobook from the library anymore. :(
Apr 15, 2010 Shay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have now read this book three times and it never gets old. I usually don't read a lot of LDS fiction novels because some of them can be so cheesy!! But The Children of the Promise series is definitely an exception. Yes, it has romance but it isn't overly done and it's all very well written. The characters remind me of people I know in my life and they're all extremely likeable...except for Kellerman of course...I love learning about history and reading this book helped me learn a lot about WWI ...more
The Thomas family is about to face WW2. Alex, a missionary in Germany, loves the German people. Bobbie breaks off her engagement and joins the military as a nurse. Wally chooses to join the Air Corps as an escape from responsibilities of life, and is captured as a POW.

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 develo
Jul 10, 2014 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Rumors of War” is historical fiction only by way of the characters. Otherwise the facts and actual happenings of WWII are absolutely true. What is unique about the story is that it is from the perspective of an LDS (Mormon) family that becomes completely involved during wartime. The Thomas family has several children some of whom are of age to serve missions, work, serve in the military, and fall in love.

Alex, the oldest is serving a mission in Germany when WWII breaks out and escalates to the
Jul 23, 2008 Cordell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the best book of the series, book 1. The whole series is Historical Fiction about an LDS (Mormon) Family. Vol 1 and 2 tell a story about this family during WWII, and tie it into the histroy of the LDS chuch. By book 3 the story has taken on its own life about seperation and love and longing and droped much of the historical fiction part. So if your reading to get LDS history that part kind of dies out but the story is still compelling and wonderful.
May 15, 2014 A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
such an interesting perspective of WWII. i loved the intricacies from germany, the US, and the philipines all threaded together.
I loved Wally's storyline and character the most. He is the only character I really found to be really likeable for me. Wally's entire family were very "holier than thou" to him. If I were Wally, I would have left much sooner. But my main problem with this book was that I really had a hard time with the way both the men in the book and the author treated the women in it.
I know that in that period it was not common for women to work and that the man was thought of as the head of the household, b
Jul 17, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these when I was 15 and LOVED them. I am just now remembering them and adding them to my goodreads. They got me really interested in WWII, nursing, history, etc. I'm not writing reviews for all of them because I can't remember what happened in each book, but as a series they were great. I liked them so much I bought them all in hardback (at 15!). Dean Hughes is one of my great friends who I have come to know some years since reading these books. This series captured my 15 year old heart a ...more
Jan 05, 2008 Kelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I place Dean Hughes at the top of authors within the Latter-Day Saint community. His characters are believable and leave the reader craving to read more. Children of the Promise is his best work. I wasn't as thrilled by it's sequel series, Hearts of the Children.
Jun 06, 2008 Camille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This entire series (Children of the Promise) is about an LDS family alive during WWII. It was very captivating and I felt I was able to make a real connection with the characters in the story. Definitely a series I would recommend.
Kathryn Wilkes
Dec 19, 2008 Kathryn Wilkes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book. I loved The Work and the Glory adn this is the modern day version. I seriosuly have a new respect for the generation that lived through WW2. Very inspirational!
Jan 05, 2014 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the world just begins to hear about Hitler and the concept of another world war is still a distant concern, the Thomas family goes about their lives. Alex is a Mormon missionary in Germany, trying to stay out of trouble with the Gestapo. Bobbi doesn't really like the boy she's dating. Wally is butting heads with his domineering father and trying to get out of his big brother's shadow. Bea struggles to define herself as someone other than just the stake president's wife and the mother of six c ...more
I would have never picked up this book if it weren't for my sister and I making a deal to read each others books.
I cannot say it was a waste of my time, there were quite a few things I absolutely loved in this book, but it wasn't my favorite book. There wasn't much to it, which I can understand it develops the more the series goes on but there wasn't much there.
I Hated one of the main girls character, Bobbie. She bugged me and I couldn't stand her story. She was always so negative and disagr
Sara Pope
Jul 24, 2012 Sara Pope rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart warming! You will fall in love with the characters, and won't be able to put this series down!
This was a fascinating adventure, following the trials of one Utahn LDS family in the dawn of WWII through the adventures of their children. Their eldest son, Alex, a missionary in Germany as NAZIIism rises to power, is ordered out at the last minute as Germany attacks Poland. He and his companions are swept up in a rush of German civilian and military travelers that overwhelm the capacity of the train system. He barely gets out to undertake the perilous ship voyage to USA, and by train, then ho ...more
Feb 22, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved how much this series teaches about the history of World War II
Sep 04, 2016 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it weird that the only character I really loved was Wally, the "rebellious" one? I guess he just seemed the least cheesy, or the most 3-dimensional to me. Or maybe because of the raw emotions of his experiences. I enjoyed reading about this family and the time period, but I found it hard to believe that their whole lives seemed to evolve around the war & the war efforts, which seemed to effect every member of the family. Reminds me of pioneer fiction stories, where one family has every po ...more
Nov 28, 2014 Tfish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
November 2014- I had forgotten how much I like this series.
Jessie Lake
Oct 03, 2007 Jessie Lake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
LOVE the whole series!
Kaylah Hassard
Jun 12, 2015 Kaylah Hassard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-1-12
There are three separate stories that take place throughout the course of this novel. One side is a family called the Scholtz who are converts to the church when war breaks out in Germany. They were taught and baptized by a man named Alex who is part of a large family in Utah (Thomas's) which is where the other stories unfold. Alex is the oldest of six children. Bobbi is his younger sister who, despite her parents wishes, seeks to become a college professor and find real love in her lif
Action. Romance. Adventure. Control. It's all here. You want it. You got it. It's all here.

Rumors of War takes time to read. Not only because it contains many pages but because it is meaty and leaves a lot to chew on. I was aware of much of the brutality caused by the Nazis against the peoples, however, this book brings it to life.

War is imminent in Germany and the missionaries are trying to leave the country any way they can. It's not as easy as they suppose. One family is running for their li
Sep 04, 2009 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started this book in 2005 when Dave and I were first married, ha ha! Only got a couple chapters into it. I think it must have been right around the time we moved to Iowa, which is when Harry Potter book 6 came out, so that explains why I didn't get into it.

Well, gave it another try, and boy was I amazed! I love this series sooooooooo much. I just think it's a great story, and I love WWII history. I love that all the chapters are written about the different members of the Thomas family. Heart-war
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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)
  • Since You Went Away (Children of the Promise, #2)
  • 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)

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