Rumors of War (Children of the Promise #1)
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?"
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Alex, the oldest is serving a mission in Germany when WWII breaks out and escalates to the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more