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When We Meet Again (Children of the Promise #4)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  7,107 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
The Thomas family members face ongoing challenges in the dark years at the close of WW2. Alex's values are tested as he works to complete an intelligence assignment in Germany while wondering if he'll ever see his beloved Anna and their son again. Wally struggles to survive the torture he endures as a POW, and Bobbi has to make a difficult choice between the men in her lif ...more
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Shadow Mountain
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Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really like this series and this was probably my favorite book in the series so far. Again, it's interesting and heartbreaking to learn the history, but I think the author does a good job of helping us picture what life really would have been like for these characters and the cultural challenges and moral dilemmas they faced, as well as the struggles of faith and endurance. Many of the stories and examples are very inspiring for us to apply in our lives.

I am inspired by the examples of enduran
Laura Gubler
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have now finished the entire series and loved all of the books. The parts I liked the most was the historical detail on the war. I learned alot from the descriptions of what each character went through in the war. I really felt like I was there. The other part I liked was that each of the characters were fully developed and I saw myself in some of them or I saw people I knew. I could really relate to their personalities. Great series, I highly recommend.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Such a great series! I'm grateful to have discovered it after all the books have been released. It would have been hard to wait for books to come out because each book ends in such a way that I want to hear more. The war comes to an end in this book and I'm anxious to hear about the reuniting of the Thomas family. The war has obviously changed their lives forever.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! I put 4 stars though because I briefly read the synopsis in the jacket cover inside and felt it gave away a huge spoiler so as I was reading, I would hesitantly read if I thought that moment was coming. Again, joy and heartache. I cried multiple times at this because I have come to care so much for these characters.
May 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. When I think of WWII, I think of the Jews and the concentration camps. I love this series because it focuses on a whole different aspect of the war. It gives great detail to fighting on the front line as well as the POW camps in Japan. I'm amazed at some of the conditions the American Soldiers dealt with when fighting in Europe. I'm excited to see how the series ends!
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. I seriously can't stop with this series. and they are all 300+ books. Tim tries to hide them whenever he is home because he knows I'm only half paying any attention to him. I love the characters in these books. I seriously get so wrapped up in their lives. It's a powerful story and I love the history that comes in the book too. How little I knew/know.
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series - couldn't put it down! I love the way the chapters weave through the different family members' lives. It's like reading several novels in one. Despite the length of these books, I was captivated from the start and just kept reading.
I really love the author's writing style.
May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-2
Wally's experiences bring tears to my eyes-and I've read this book about 4 times now. I am so grateful for my freedom!
Charly Troff (ReaderTurnedWriter)
Every book in this series is so amazing. Because of the scope of the project, the author does give some exposition (this is especially common when he transitions from one character to another, he'll take a few paragraphs and tell you what is happening both with the character and the war). I understand why he did it and I often skimmed this but it didn't take away from the books in any real way. The character development in this book is so amazing, I have absolutely fallen in love with the Thomas ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
No words. I loved every second. I've grown to know and love these characters so much that it's hard to think that they are not real. I cried. Again. I've even grown to enjoy LaRue.
Sometimes these characters frustrate me, but that's because I want them to be happy. Yes, I want this fictional family to be happy. Snigger and move on.
Favorite in the series so far. So, so amazing. Thank you Dean Hughes for helping me understand the war better, and creating a series that I can learn from and grow.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was good, as it tied up some loose ends and took you through the end of the war. Left enough conflict open that it made me want to dive right in to the next book!
Kelly Porter
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this series!
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Children of the Promise: When we Meet Again is a good WWII book. It gives you a good idea of what it was like during WWII including a perspective of what it was like for a POW, a seargent, a nurse, and rebellious teen. In the following paragraphs I will summarize the book.

Alex Thomas is a seargeant for the paratroopers. He served a mission in Germany a few months before the war started so, as you can see, it is a little bit harder for him to be in the army. However, he made a statement saying, "
Ashtynne Degroff
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alex was trying to get to know a guy he was with in his foxhole, when a they were getting attacked by the Germans. Meanwhile in the Philippines, Wally was trying to get better after he was just about killed by the Japanese guards. Bobbi was on a medical boat that was trying to get all of the wounded and move them to Hawaii so they could be safe and try to survive. Alex was soon set out on a new mission that was very crucial and could help stop the war. Then while Alex was preparing for the job, ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In this 4th book in the series, Hughes continues to write a compelling story full of "real as life" history and experiences of the characters during the winding down of WWII. I love the way the characters are so believable and the history is so rich..I also love the honest and real lessons and examples that are weaved into the story. One of my very favorite parts of the book was when Wally was at the train station waiting to begin his long journey home after being a POW for three plus years. He ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
“When We Meet Again” is #4 in “Children of the promise” series of five. I liked it just as much as the others, but still had to skim a few of the awful war scenes. Wally’s difficult life as a POW in Japan was hard to read also, but some of that shifts as we find out the impact of dropping of the atomic bomb and its effect on the nation. Now, as the war nears its end, Wally has some major life changes as he survives the terrible ordeal he has experienced.

Anna has a sweet baby boy and she has to e
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-ii
I was really impressed with this book. Dean Hughes has a way of weaving intriguing details of history into human stories to remind us that these events didn't just occur, but they impacted people. He obviously has a wonderful observant eye and knack for using the right word or phrase to describe the way people are, how they feel, and what they are experiencing. I feel better able to relate to people because of this book--which is a main reason why I read. From the earlier books, I knew that Hugh ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
More like 3.5 stars. In this fourth book some of the familiar characters start doing things which are out of character for them, just to heighten the excitement and adventure. I got the sense that Hughes ran into a dead end with some of his characters and then had to cast them out of their well-earned place of safety into another dangerous situation, just so he could carry their storylines into book 5.

I was tempted to just start skipping all the chapters about Bobbi. She's doing fascinating work
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
When this book started even grimmer than the book before it, I started to wonder why I was voluntarily putting myself through this—again. But then the war ended and the reunions started happening, and I was like, "Oh yeah. That's why." Wally's story in particular just about makes me explode with happiness, and Alex has some tear-jerky moments too.

I loved these books as a teenager, and I'm grateful I've been able to read them again as an adult. As a kid I mostly loved the books for their stories,
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
I admit, I cried at the end when the war finally ended. Parts were extremely touching and there are story lines I'm interested in seeing concluded. However, I'm getting quite worn out by this never-ending series. I have had to force myself through the last couple books and I am still really perturbed by the author's portrayal of President Thomas (cliche! cliche!). I probably wouldn't read the last book in the series except for that I need to see Peter, Alex, and Wally all brought home to their f ...more
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Children of the Promise books are amazing, inspiring and faith building. I recommend them to anyone that loves a story about war and love, but also a story about faith and family. Also, if you love reading about World War II, like I do, this is a book for you! It is fiction, the stories of the children that you follow are not real but the actual events happening were real. The author did a lot of research and work to make these books so interesting and gripping. I can't tell you how many tim ...more
Linda Brough
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in the series. I think that this book kept my interest more than the others. There were more personal experiences and not so much war battles. I do like historical fiction and this book gives a little insight to what the world was like after WWII. There was destruction and sadness and loss in so many countries that I can imagine how difficult it was to look ahead and see hope and have the faith to continue on when life was so hard despite the end to the battles. No wonder th ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book in the series of Children of the Promise, is about the Thomas family, who are LDS. World War II ends, and the family learns that Wally is alive, and coming home. He has been in a Japanesse prisoner of war camp. Alex is staying behind in Germany to help find German war criminals. He is also trying to locate his brother-in-law. He sends his father-in-law out of Germany to be with Alex
s mother-n-law, and his wife, Anna, and their son. He has asked his father-in-law to bless his son, and g
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is book 4 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
Apr 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite of the Children of the Promise series. I love all of the characters, and I've learned even more about World War II. I read a part of the book and think it is as good as it gets, and I want it to keep on going, but then the next part is more exciting, and even better. I love the Thomas family, and love reading more about them. Volume 4, When We Meet Again is a great book, and I couldn't put it down! I especially liked reading about Wally, who was in a Japanese POW camp. But th ...more
Nov 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
LaRue is beginning to realize she doesn't like who she has become. Wally is struggling as a POW, then the camp is liberated. Even though the war has ended, Alex is asked to remain in Germany to help. Bobbie and Richard are engaged, and Peter is alive but cannot find his family.

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 a
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is another in this series I love, and it has been the best yet. It was hard to put down, it was so riveting. Perhaps it was because he is a good writer, which he is; perhaps it was because the ship in the Pacific was at Iwa Jima, as my own dad's ship was; perhaps it was because this long, hard world war was coming to an end. Whatever the reason, I was glued. I think I should probably keep it around for those self-pity times I might start to engage in, and remember how extremely hard people ...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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