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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 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 life. Back home in Utah, LaRue and her father, President Alexander Thomas, have drawn their own battle lines.


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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 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 life. Back home in Utah, LaRue and her father, President Alexander Thomas, have drawn their own battle lines.

30 review for When We Meet Again

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    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 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 endurance (one day at a time), encouragement, and forgiveness in POW camps. I'm inspired by the selfless examples of soldiers, medical teams, and peasants putting their lives in danger to help save someone else. The selflessness in the midst of the horrible despair and destruction is incredible. It's interesting to think about all the ways that the war changed the individuals and society as a whole. Life really would never be the same. Many had grown and changed for the better and others longed for the purity of life before the war. The circumstances are different today, but we still face challenges and moral dilemmas and trials that we can also choose to face with faith and love. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book: "I do believe that what we're doing is right and necessary. I hesitate to say that the war is a struggle of good against evil, there's too much evil in all of us to make that kind of claim....American troops are mostly a bunch of civilians who got pulled into this thing, not trained warriors, but what we believe turns out to run pretty deep in us.....What I'm thinking about tonight is the cost of everything we have gone through. I know I'm not the same man I was, and I don't like some of the changes" (p. 167). "When this war is over, evil will still be with us. It will be forever, no matter how many wars we fight. I want to find a place where we can make a family and we can try not to be evil ourselves. That's the only war we have a chance to win" (p. 169). "He had never seen courage manifested so tangibly on such a grand scale" (p. 193). "So what do you believe in? Really?" (p. 195) "She had felt her own lack of spirituality and longed to have the Lord touch her, maybe shake her shoulder when she needed it. But today, the idea took on a new perspective. She was so far from home and the things she found comfort in, and she was about to do something sacred: offer her healing touch. She wanted to bring her spirit to this act, so that these boys, some taking their final breaths, would know that life wasn't only ugliness and hatred. She wanted them to know that nobility also existed--goodness and kindness. She didn't want to get caught up in all the bandaging and tugging bodies here and there and forget that it was Easter" (p. 214). "She knew the Lord would restore the boy's vision, that in the next life this young face would be made whole, and the boy would be as handsome as he ever had been. But right now his skin was gone, his nose and ears. What mercy he would receive would come later, but for a long time now, he was going to suffer. She told herself that life was a learning experience, and that suffering was actually a kind of sacrament, a holy experience to lift a person to a higher plane, but when she looked at the boy, she could only wonder what he would think when he finally saw himself" (p. 215). "What if they had fought this battle without an Easter, without any promise at all?" (p. 221) "The German people knew how to endure...He loved their dogged determination to survive....He had felt like a man without a country for quite some time, but this loss seemed to teach him the truth. Every German was an orphan now--with the country so devastated--but the fact was, the homeland wasn't in the buildings. It was in that little girl's spirit--the one who had clung to her little brother. And in the people's will. He felt more hope tonight than he had in a long time" (p. 257). "He couldn't help them all...but he would help this family" (p. 298). "There were lots of different kinds of victims of this war. When you're out there in the battle, you don't realize how many of them are back at home" (p. 314). "We need you. Some of what you say sounds like self-pity, and there's no time for that. We have to put things behind us and get the Church going again" (p. 329). "I'm certain that no one here got through this war without wondering at times whether God had given up on us. But we created the war, not God, and now I know that he is waiting to welcome us back to him. I have seen horrifying things in these last two years. You have seen far more, and I know you are suffering now. But God is waiting for us to return to him. We must give him back our hearts" (p. 331). "Wally fought the impulse. He didn't want to let Hisitake off the hook that easily. What he had done to them men--to Wally personally--was inexcusable. But then Wally saw that Hisitake was crying...A kind of tingling passed through Wally's body, and he hardly knew what to make of it. It was a spiritual feeling, a change coming over him. Some weight seemed to lift from inside his chest. Wally actually fought it, told himself he didn't want this. He wanted to hate this man, always. But what had started as a hint, an idea, began to build into a powerful emotion, as though his spirit were being altered. He felt calm and right, and the thought that began to fill his head was that he never wanted to hate anyone again" (p. 397). "You're the best man I've ever known...I figure I'll never again have a friend as good as you guys" (p. 418). "He would never be thankful for the things that had been done to him, but he was thankful for the result. He hoped he would cling to what he had gained" (p. 426). "Most of the faith she had possessed, she had learned here at this navy base, or in her ward in Honolulu. She would always be thankful for that. So she said a prayer. She thanked the Lord for the things she had learned, and she prayed that she might not ever lose what she had gained during the war" (p. 437). "All these years, all we talked about was the war ending. We didn't take into account all the ways the war would come home with the warriors" (p. 440). "How long are we going to feel this way--like everything we get is just too great to believe? I don't want to complain about anything, ever again....He hadn't slept on a bed yet, with sheets, and he hadn't seen his family, but he was almost sure he would always appreciate such simple pleasures for the rest of his life" (p. 451). "Through all of these years he had been too intent on surviving to devote much of his mental energy to grieving" (p. 473).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gubler

    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 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 book series was absolutely profound to me. I cannot really put into words all the feelings I had while reading these books. There was so many spiritual feelings throughout. So many times I cried for good and for bad. Dean Hughes touches on so many areas of the war all around the world. He stayed as close to the "real thing" as I think was possible. So many movies romantisize this war, the biggest war in history but Hughes told it like it was. But at the same time it is not a series that was to hard to read as far as the gore of it all. He gives a very real look into a fictional family and all that they experienced during "the duration". I could go on and on. This book series is now and will always be my favorite book series. I would recommend this series to all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debby

    V. 4 - Alex Thomas is still in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge. Wally is still in a Japanese prison camp working in a mine and gets beaten and tortured but survives. Richard has been wounded - burned hands - and is going home, but Bobbi has volunteered for a hospital ship. Things get shaky between them. Her previous love - Professor gets severely wounded. Alex gets sent behind the lines in Germany to scout landing sites. When the war ends, he's still there as German speakers are hard to find. V. 4 - Alex Thomas is still in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge. Wally is still in a Japanese prison camp working in a mine and gets beaten and tortured but survives. Richard has been wounded - burned hands - and is going home, but Bobbi has volunteered for a hospital ship. Things get shaky between them. Her previous love - Professor gets severely wounded. Alex gets sent behind the lines in Germany to scout landing sites. When the war ends, he's still there as German speakers are hard to find. Anna has a baby boy Gene in England. Alex finds his father-in-law and sends him to be with Anna and mom in England. He continues to look for Peter who's hooked up with a German family and is working to help support them. LaRue is still being a pain in SLC and the family is getting richer. The war in Japan also ends and Wally if finally freed and makes is back to San Francisco.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandyr

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    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! 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!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    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. 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    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. 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    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. 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Books and Socks Rock

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    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! 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!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emma S

    The final stages of World War Two impacted people all over the world. Near the end of 1944, the Allied troops were beginning to invade Germany, but German troops responded with a vicious, unexpected counterattack. People in America and other countries soon realized that the war was far from over. The following months included more battles, but eventually the Allies got ahead and Germany unconditionally surrendered. Not too long afterwards, the atomic bomb was developed and Japan surrendered as w The final stages of World War Two impacted people all over the world. Near the end of 1944, the Allied troops were beginning to invade Germany, but German troops responded with a vicious, unexpected counterattack. People in America and other countries soon realized that the war was far from over. The following months included more battles, but eventually the Allies got ahead and Germany unconditionally surrendered. Not too long afterwards, the atomic bomb was developed and Japan surrendered as well. But this did not solve all the problems caused by the war. Even at the end of the war, there were many difficulties as families and individuals adjusted to a changed world. The end of World War Two was a stressful and emotional time for those both on the battlefields and the home front. This book, When We Meet Again, gave an excellent view of the end of World War Two from the point of view of a family from Salt Lake City, Utah. It also showed the war from the viewpoint of a soldier in Germany, a prisoner of war in Japan, a nurse in Hawaii, and a family split between England and Germany. I thought it gave a lot of historical information about World War Two. It helped me to see how the people involved in the war felt and what they might have gone through. I thought it did a great job of blending relatable characters with history and an understanding of World War Two. There was a lot of character development throughout the story and it was written in a very personal style. Overall, I thought it was a great unique WWII historical fiction book, and it was relatively well written. I rate it 4 stars out of 5.

  12. 5 out of 5

    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 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 family. The problems the characters face are real life problems that I often didn't have an answer to right away. I love how diverse the cast is and I love the way Hughes has his characters face social problems that really made me think about our world today and how I feel and act. Reading this series has been life changing for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    livvy.jane33

    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. 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Gutzman

    I like the story but it seems like I am just reading the same things over and over. The book rotates between several characters and each time it comes back around to a character the story seems to be the same as the last time around with that character. It’s probably how it was in the war - the same awful, difficult things being experienced over and over for days and weeks and years.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carol Osborn

    This was excellent. Dean Hughes has written such a terrific series. The main characters sons have all gone off to war. His oldest daughter is a nurse and serves in the Navy. So four of his children are off serving their Country during WWll. Readers share in the joy and heartaches the family go through.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    I have really been enjoying these last 4 books. I will start #5 soon and that will be the end of the series. The people seem like real people to me, although they are based on other real people. So much for me to ponder about WW ll and think about how grateful my Dad came home alright.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    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!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gena Lott

    This series has really drawn me in.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Getting tired of the war and ready for a resolution. I can’t imagine living through all of this.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Betty Ann Baer

    The whole family has faith that all will work out well.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily Voss

    Such a beautiful book. Very well researched and emotionally compelling from all sides. The various POV shifts were at times a little frustrating, but overall it was very well done.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson

    4.5/5 angel stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Captivating!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    Was a bit slower than the others but still loved it. Sad the series is coming to an end but also can’t wait for the final book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brooklynn Rose

    I thought it was good but it just didn't capture my interest the same way the first two books did. I thought it was good but it just didn't capture my interest the same way the first two books did.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    This one is much better than #3. Seems to be an up and down series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heatherterrybell

    This one was so hard for me with all the war stuff! I cried a lot and was so happy with the ending. Learned a lot of new things. Can’t wait to see what happens with my favorite family.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lis

    This was a great book and series. I highly recommend it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    04kaitlynr

    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, " 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, "I told you once that I would never be your enemy," to a German friend. He has a fiance back in England who is a German, and faught against Hitler. He gets taken out of his regiment and is sent into the OSS to help scout for places for the paratroopers to land. During his time there, he meets another man named Otto, who is doing this for his grandma, who died in a bombing raid. He tries to survive while helping the paratroopers. How will he survive? Wally Thomas is a POW in Japan. He has been there about 3 years and has survived a variety of sicknesses and beatings that were inflicted upon him. He works in a mine shaft and has to dig out coal and sometimes logs that collapsed with the ceiling. The officers treat them terribly and are treated terribly themselves. In this book, Wally survives a harsh beating, more harsh than usual, which is deadly for the POW's. After that beating, he is taken to be tortured by kneeling on bamboo for however long the officers felt like it. Can he get through it? Bobbi Thomas is a nurse in Hawaii. She is engaged to Richard Hammond, but is questioning how committed he is. She tries to figure out what he is feeling for her, but then David Stinson, her old college professor who she once had feelings for, came along. He had signed up for the marines but he was opening an old wound that had just healed for Bobbi. She likes David very much because he is so devoted to her. Who should she marry? LaRue Thomas, who lives in Sugarhouse, Salt Lake, is having problems with her dad. It is typical teenage stuff like wanting independence to make her own decisions. She is also the most popular, and beautiful, girl in the school and is having problems with who she should date. One day she starts to talk to a boy who she sees at church, but isn't very popular. She goes to him whenever she has a problem. Part of the reason she likes to talk to him is because he can't be manipulated, unlike all of the other boys she flirts with. To make matters worse, she is the LDS stake president's daughter, so her dad is counting on her to set a good example for everyone else. What should she do? I suggest that you read these books if you like WWII, LDS books, adventure, or all of the above. It is definately a book you will want to read. I loved these books and it gives you a pretty good idea of what it was like to be alive during WWII. If you were a German, almost nobody trusted you unless they knew you from before the war, and even then you couldn't always be trusted. Hopefully you will read this book because you're missing out if you don't.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashtynne Degroff

    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, 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, his wife, Anna was giving birth to a baby boy, who they named Gene. Bobbi was about ready to try and get some rest, when suddenly, her ship was attacked and some of the patients, doctors, and the nurses were killed. Wally was soon back working in the mine, and as they were working in the mine, all of the Japanese guards suddenly sent them all back to the train and rumors were spreading like wildfire that the Japanese surrendered and the war was over! The theme for this book is You can always look at good things in a positive way. While the Thomas' family was slowly falling back into place, they all recognized it and were all really grateful for all of the things they were offered. A lot of people really try to stop and be grateful for what they had and that the war was finally coming to a close. Wally had so much to be grateful for and when the war was over, he knew that he would never forget the experiences that he was able to have during the war. I really liked all of the detail and excitement that this book has to offer. I also love the plot and the whole book altogether. I really thought that this series was the best series in the whole world . (other than Harry Potter) :) I really have nothing bad to say about this book. I rated this book a five star because it has all of the quality and the great things that a book needs to call a great book great!

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