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In My Father's House

(Shiloh Legacy #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,877 ratings  ·  90 reviews
The Shiloh Legacy series covers the lives of four young soldiers and their families through these great events: the end of World War I in France, the return of the soldiers to America, the Roaring Twenties, the stock-market crash, the resulting Great Depression, and the rebuilding of lives that must follow. Yet with all the racial, social, and cultural intolerance that ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 1992)
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Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While there's lots of historical fiction in the Christian literature genre, the Thoenes' books have always stood out to me as being the cream of the crop. Prior to reading this, it had been a while since I'd read anything of theirs that I hadn't before; now, I'm reminded of why I've considered them among my favorite authors for quite a while. Fans of historical fiction should check this out.

(However, I do want to issue a caution: Despite this being a Christian novel, language is an issue here;
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really, really liked this book. It was like the best of both worlds for me. Great history (accurate too) and really interesting characters. At first I thought it was going to be kinda slow since I wasn't too interested in this time in history. But it was just the opposite, very captivating and really made the history of the 1920's post WWI come alive. I enjoyed following all of the characters through their conflicts and will definitely read more by this author.
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
"In My Father's House" is a historical set in 1918 in France and in America at the end of WWI and right after it. The historical details woven into the story brought alive the Western Front and the social turmoil occurring in America as the soldiers returned. The characters were complex and realistic, and they dealt with realistic troubles (which came by the handful!). While the story wasn't depressing in the way of some I've been reading, it does have a lot of bad things happen to nice people ...more
Jeni Enjaian
This was a decent, easy read though definitely not one of my favorites in general or specifically by Bodie and Brock Thoene.

The complicated prose flowed well and created a somewhat coherent story. However, it was that same complicated nature that worked against the narrative throughout the book. To put it simply, the Thoenes wanted to tell the story of far too many characters. As a consequence, they could not go very deep into the make-up and development of any one character. Issues were rather
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is Christian historical fiction starting with WWI where Ellis, Max, Birch, and then Jefferson come into the picture as war buddies. Jefferson is black and yet is honored as a war hero. But the Klu Klux Klan is in full swing and all three books take him through the racism troubles. Each of the main characters has his own troubles, but they intertwine in interesting ways. I really came to care about these people and their families and concerns as they wend their way through the stock market ...more
Cindy Mondy
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was a bit surprised about this book. One of my "bookclub ladies" choose it. I was expecting a light novel. However, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a historical fiction, beginning with WWI. Great character development, good story line, etc. I am anxious to read the other 2 on my own!
This is the first book in a trilogy.
Patricia Doyle
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this well written book by Ms. Thoene. It has all the elements I so enjoy in a book, great story, some American history, strong and lively characters, and easy to read writing flow.

This book was written 25 years ago about a time that was 100 years ago and, sadly, goes to prove that not much has changed in our society. There are still bigots as there were then, still racists, still cruel people, still dirty politics, still people coming back from war disrespected, and hypocrisy is alive
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This author is excellent at digging into the thoughts and emotions of her characters while keeping the action rolling. The reader can feel the anguish of a distinctive as the characters recon with old prejudices and hopes of a new world without them in a world where their reality is inescapable and horrible.
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Today is my Christian fiction day! This was another must read for a Christian heart. What I love about this series (and Karon's Mitford) is that people live the lives of Christians through the normal and hard times. That is character! This series is also a must read for anyone from AR. It was a joy to feel like I was at home again. Sorrow comes to me knowing that bigots were so numerous during WW1. But it speaks volumes that this little town was above all that and just loved their neighbors!
Charles Vrooman
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well written historical novel about life in America after World War I. Thought provoking presentation of how racial and religious hatred existed at that time, especially in the south with the Ku Klux Klan. The way the author allows the reader to follow four returning soldiers and ties their lives together is excellently done. Since this is the first of three books in the “The Shiloh Legacy”, I can’t wait to find what happens to these fantastic characters.
K.M. Weiland
Dec 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Slow beginning and the writing is a bit loose in places, but genuine characters and excellent pacing pull it together nicely.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago and it is a FAVORITE! I wish they wrote more in this series!
Marie Carmean
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This historical novel is based on the stories of the authors two grandmothers about their lives during WWI and in the period after. I could NOT put it down! The characters were so true and well-drawn, and the story carried one along like the train that brought the soldiers back to Arkansas from New York after the war. When the book begins the men who fight alongside one another in France are bonded deeply by the strain and terrors of the war and by the heroism. Max Meyer is from the poor Orchard ...more
Dorothy Yoder
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four American men meet in France during WWI. The first part of the book is a war setting, and although well written, moves rather slowly and the cast of characters is large which takes effort to figure out whose who and how everyone is related. After returning home at the end of the war, the story continues with the life after war of the four soldiers. The narrative switches back and forth among the four and their families, the cast of characters grows considerably and following all of them ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I absolutely LOVED the majority of this book — it was a very well put together, accurate, and interesting story. I was loaned this book by someone from my church, as this is not something I would normally read, but I thought I would give it a try because the owner and several others had really enjoyed the series. Unfortunately, though, I did not finish this book. I stopped reading at page 362 due to very inappropriate content. I would have loved to finish this book and continue the series if it ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set at the end of WW1 the armistice and the coming home of 4 main characters and how they each face the challenges of life after battle, and how one Jefferson Canfield has to deal with the oppressive racism back in Arkansas. When reading this book written almost 30 years ago and set 100 years ago I was struck by the irony that while many things have changed, the need for Christ is still the same for the hearts of man are still wicked and deceptive. It was a very good read.
Roxie Mack
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

This book kept my interest. It was definitely worth my time to read. I was a little disappointed in the ending.
Kristie Sibell
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great descriptions! Touching historical fiction based at the end of WWI . Very believable. Made me cry and laugh.
Kathy Nicholson
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read but with so many loose ends....I'll read the other two parts of the trilogy for sure.
Christine Doohan
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this series. I just couldn't put the book down.
Harvey DeFries
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
great series
Judith Boling
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at an AAUW booksale. It was a wisely spent $1.50. The story is well-researched and riveting. It encapsulates a period of American history most of us have never known: the final days of World War I, and the years immediately following the armistice. I will be ordering the two other books in this trilogy: A Thousand Shall Fall and Say to This Mountain, because I must know the fates of these well-drawn and diverse characters.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone; historical fiction; post-WWI leading up to Great Depression
The Shiloh Legacy series explains the background of some of their characters from the Zion Legacy series. It specifically sets up the background of David Meyer, but the story follows others as well.

Ellis Warne, Birch Tucker, and Max Meyer are comrades-in-arms during WWI. Jefferson Canfield also fights in WWI, and after the Germans are defeated, he (and others) believe that they will be respected - did I mention he was black?

While Ellis, Birch and Max were in the trenches, Max had a picture of
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my first Thoene books in a very long time.
I am hooked on this series. Already ordered in the second installment before I was half-way through this one.
This series follows the life of men who served together in the trenches of WW I; men who learned to look beyond the colour of their comrades' skin, their accent, their religious beliefs or their family tree, and to know these men they served with had their back. When they returned to face a different kind of war, they began to
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book found me in a bookstore one day among a pile of other used books and my mom picked it out because she thought the cover looked very nice. We bought it then, and I never expected it to be this good! It is a truly stellar and unparalleled tale that is so fully engrossing while still being very purposeful and sophisticated that one can’t help but love it. It deals with many quite weighty subjects such as racism, war, family, and love and it deals with them with great skill, honesty, and ...more
Lisa Brown
Sep 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Set at the end of World War one, the story follows the lives of four American soldiers that fought in the war. As each one comes home, he must deal with trying to adjust to life in his old world.

There is Max, who is Jewish, with an orthodox Jewish family, but must find a way to make a new life that can hopefully include his non-Jewish girlfriend. There is Birch, who has nobody to come home to, except a drunken father, and who is in love with Max's cousin, whom he has never met. There is Ellis,
Lynette  Lee (J.Kirby)
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-tool-box
This book is amazing. Set during World War Two, the Thoene's once again spin an amazing tale of different families with various culture and social backgrounds. Each family comes together through strife, determination, and struggle. This time period is probably one of the most curliest in American history. Not leaving anything out, the Thoenes's describe racism at the highest level of American socity. From New York to the South, and towards the West, they tell the horrors of the Klan and the ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Heart wrenching tale - I was appalled by the treatment of the black american soldiers after World War I - so devastated by the ignorance of so many men. I'm grateful to not have been present to witness the inhumanity. Those men won the war for The American Allies and the Americans themselves harbored such ignorant and bitter feelings of racism that they could not even appreciate the sacrifices made on their behalf. This book wasn't really about racism, although it played a huge part in the last ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
The book was a cliff hanger and I just had to keep reading although a lot of the things which happened to the young people who went to find in World War I hurt my heart. We know that men and women in this war were killed, mained and their lives changed but one keep hoping. In the case of the Black soldier who had received a parade and welcome from the French could be treated so badly when he returned. He had to suffer demeaning remarks, racial and ignorance on the part of many and also because ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is my second time reading this series,oh how I wished I would have talked to my grandfather,Pappy, about his war experience,how the odds were stacked against him,surviving not only the trenches in France but the flu epedemic that took so many lives. Our grandmother told us how he would have such nightmares always dreaming of jumping into the trenches,which caused him to have very restless sleep most times falling out of bed,she eventually slept in another room because of his nightmares.The ...more
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BODIE AND BROCK THOENE (pronounced Tay-nee) have written over 45 works of historical fiction. These best sellers have sold more than 10 million copies and won eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards.

Bodie began her writing career as a teen journalist for her local newspaper. Eventually her byline appeared in prestigious periodicals such as U.S. News and World Report, The American West, and The Saturday

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