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

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  7,645 Ratings  ·  256 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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Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
This series was educational and entertaining to read. I loved it!
Brittany Fielding
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Super Good!!! But I have to admit more sad.... Got a little teary eyed! But I love these series! The only thing is that these books are massive. Worth the read though!
The second in the series is just as good as the first. The characters are rounded out and I've already seen character development through these two books with room for more, the history is accurate and written to be so interesting, and there is constant tension and a theme of religion and God throughout. I have learned so much and fallen in love with the families; I feel their pain and can empathize with them and the struggles they faced during the war better than I ever have before. Hughes has ...more
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked 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
Stan Crowe
Jul 15, 2012 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
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
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Mar 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
So, I didn't notice on the first book but this series on audiobook is ABRIDGED! I was wondering why it was only 5 CDs long, but figured the files must have been smaller so they could fit more onto a cd and maybe the reader talked fast? Nope. I can't tell you what was left out, as it has been YEARS since I last read this series, but it didn't feel as "full" as I remembered from reading. I felt that way after the 1st book, but I was also doing yard work the entire time so maybe I got distracted (w ...more
Linda Brough
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Jun 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Dec 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first one. Heads up if you haven't read it - it is a five hankie read. One of the marks for me of good historical fiction is that it is well researched and brings the reader closer to understanding and feeling some of the realities of the time. Again, I felt myself being drawn into the lives of my own family and understanding at a deeper level what it must have been like for my parents and grandparents who lived World War II. And don't miss the Author's Note at the end. His ...more
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 is also wonderful. Book 1 is best and books two is also very good. A great love story is told in these two books. This 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 ...more
This book covers the bulk of WWII, which is why I did my best to rush through it—I want the horribleness to be over so I can get to the (mostly) happy endings. But it's got everything you'd want from a war story—suspense, romance, heartbreak, etc. I've always loved this series for its LDS perspective, too. If I had lived during WWII, my experience would have been similar to the Thomases', which makes this series feel more like home than any other WWII story. Again, I really appreciate the resear ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book two in the Children of the Promise series, continuing the story of the Thomas family, an LDS family from Salt Lake City. This is a very likeable and interesting book, hard to put down, and a good look at what it was like to live through WWII. You can't help but get caught up in their lives as you read this book and realize there were many real families in the war who had stories similar to these.
My parents got married during WWII and this gives me a little more insight into what it
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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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Children of the Promise (5 books)
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