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Far From Home is a moving, powerful novel about the effects of adversity, and about the love of family members for each other. If you''re interested in World War II, or if you simply enjoy a great story, you won't want to miss this third volume of Children of the Promise. Far From Home is a moving, powerful novel about the effects of adversity, and about the love of family members for each other. If you''re interested in World War II, or if you simply enjoy a great story, you won't want to miss this third volume of Children of the Promise.


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Far From Home is a moving, powerful novel about the effects of adversity, and about the love of family members for each other. If you''re interested in World War II, or if you simply enjoy a great story, you won't want to miss this third volume of Children of the Promise. Far From Home is a moving, powerful novel about the effects of adversity, and about the love of family members for each other. If you''re interested in World War II, or if you simply enjoy a great story, you won't want to miss this third volume of Children of the Promise.

30 review for Far From Home

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Rasmussen

    These books are HEAVY. I feel like I’m changing as I read them. People often talk about how reading lets you experience life in ways you wouldn’t otherwise and widens your world. This series has done that for me. I wonder how I might have handled these situations and feel immense gratitude that I didn’t have to. I’m ready for “this war” to end and to see what happens to the Thomas family. But I may need to give myself a little time before I finish reading volumes 4 and 5.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashtynne Degroff

    In the beginning of this book, there was a guy named Alex and he was going back to the war after he recovered from his injury during the war. While he is in the war, he has a brother and a sister that are also helping out in the war. The brother's name is Wally and he is a prisoner of war in Japan. Alex's sister, Bobbi is working as a nurse in Pearl Harbor. Alex comes back to the war to find that things have really changed while he was away. There were a bunch of war guys who were brand new and In the beginning of this book, there was a guy named Alex and he was going back to the war after he recovered from his injury during the war. While he is in the war, he has a brother and a sister that are also helping out in the war. The brother's name is Wally and he is a prisoner of war in Japan. Alex's sister, Bobbi is working as a nurse in Pearl Harbor. Alex comes back to the war to find that things have really changed while he was away. There were a bunch of war guys who were brand new and were only like 17 or 18 years old. Can Alex do all he can to try to save them without getting his own life taken. I think that the theme of this book was "You can never give up." I thought of this because in this book, some people are completely treated terrible by the people they work for like Wally. He has to deal with all of the Japan people, who honestly, aren't very nice to the prisoners. Before Wally left his home, he was always very arrogant to all of the people in his family, especially his father. When Wally was at war, he really changed and I think in the upcoming books, his family will be surprised at how much he has changed from the time when he was doing track in high school, up until the time he was a prisoner of war in Japan. Always keep trying and you can never give up. Some things that I really liked about this book were all of the events that were going on in the book. Another thing that I liked was how well the author put everything together and made it feel like I have experienced it on my own. I felt like everything was meant to be and nothing was out of place or wrong in this book. I really didn't have to say anything bad about this book. I will rate this book as a five out of five. Great job, Dean Hughes (author)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    It's strange that all my books are rereads this year, but I can't help it. I need to see the Thomas family through to the end of the war, and I definitely have favorites amongst the kids. Already have the next book in the series out...bring on the cheesy dialogue and warm fuzzies as the family members finally get to see each other again. Happy reading and happy new year! It's strange that all my books are rereads this year, but I can't help it. I need to see the Thomas family through to the end of the war, and I definitely have favorites amongst the kids. Already have the next book in the series out...bring on the cheesy dialogue and warm fuzzies as the family members finally get to see each other again. Happy reading and happy new year!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Third book in the series and it was pretty slow. I ended up skimming the last 1/3 of the book to move the story along. It really dragged.

  5. 4 out of 5

    June Guymon

    I loved the first two books in this series but but felt that the story slowed down in this installment. However, I will finish the series nevertheless.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debby

    Continues the Thomas family story. Alex is involved in the Battle of the Bulge and his wife is now pregnant in England. Her father, working loosely with the American SIS has returned to Germany to try and find Peter. Peter had to join the German military to avoid capture by the SS after failing to cross the border with his family. He's serving on the Russian front and being forced to flee in front of the Russians. A walking skeleton, he deserts and heads back into Germany with refugees. Wally ha Continues the Thomas family story. Alex is involved in the Battle of the Bulge and his wife is now pregnant in England. Her father, working loosely with the American SIS has returned to Germany to try and find Peter. Peter had to join the German military to avoid capture by the SS after failing to cross the border with his family. He's serving on the Russian front and being forced to flee in front of the Russians. A walking skeleton, he deserts and heads back into Germany with refugees. Wally has been sent to Japan to work in an abandoned coal mine. Three years as a POW has changed him physically and spiritually. He's trying hard to not hate the Japanese. Bobbi is still in Hawaii working as a nurse. Her "friend" Richard has had his ship attacked and is missing for several weeks and the appears in hospital with burned hands. Once he's returned to Hawaii and it's determined he'll keep his hands he proposes... finally.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charly Troff (ReaderTurnedWriter)

    This was just as good as the first two books in the series. This book did have more of the actual combat in WWII, which I know was important but is not as interesting to me. It also had a lot of romance and history and character growth, though. I loved the way Hughes showed how hard the characters had it and how they didn't always just naturally want to be faithful and resilient, but still kept the themes of God and religion and human decency throughout. The struggle that Wally goes through is m This was just as good as the first two books in the series. This book did have more of the actual combat in WWII, which I know was important but is not as interesting to me. It also had a lot of romance and history and character growth, though. I loved the way Hughes showed how hard the characters had it and how they didn't always just naturally want to be faithful and resilient, but still kept the themes of God and religion and human decency throughout. The struggle that Wally goes through is my favorite to read, because it is so hard for him and yet he keeps trying. I love his character development.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    I finished this one a week ago, and a lot happened on the past week, so no rambling nonsensical review for this one. Just, it was really really good. Wait, one thought. I will say this, having seen Band of Brothers helped immensely in picturing what was happening with Alex in this one. But I can't emphasize enough the violence and sweary-ness of it. But also I can't emphasize enough how amazing it is. But also you're an adult so just figure out if you're going to watch it or not, stop asking me to I finished this one a week ago, and a lot happened on the past week, so no rambling nonsensical review for this one. Just, it was really really good. Wait, one thought. I will say this, having seen Band of Brothers helped immensely in picturing what was happening with Alex in this one. But I can't emphasize enough the violence and sweary-ness of it. But also I can't emphasize enough how amazing it is. But also you're an adult so just figure out if you're going to watch it or not, stop asking me to tell you what to do I got books to read geez.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    The emotional drama continues. The Thomas children and the Stoltz family are each spread throughout the world in different theaters of the war. Your heart gets pulled so many directions it's hard to tell what's going to happen and how you're going to feel about it. I love a book when you feel like the characters are real, and this book doesn't disappoint. The story drives you deeper into each character's life than ever before. You can expect tears, as well as moments of deep joy. Loved it! The emotional drama continues. The Thomas children and the Stoltz family are each spread throughout the world in different theaters of the war. Your heart gets pulled so many directions it's hard to tell what's going to happen and how you're going to feel about it. I love a book when you feel like the characters are real, and this book doesn't disappoint. The story drives you deeper into each character's life than ever before. You can expect tears, as well as moments of deep joy. Loved it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Addie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nobody else better die. Alex had better get back to Anna and their child. Bobbi needs to get back to Richard when she leaves. Wally better make it back home from the prison camp. LaRue should be a better person, and I can relate to Beverly as I like reading so much. Peter better find his dad and stay alive.

  11. 4 out of 5

    livvy.jane33

    Gosh. I can't. 4.5 stars. Didn't hit me as hard as book two, but I still cried. Many times. I love these characters so much, even Wally, who I hated in book 1. But he's changed so much since then and now he's one of my favorites. Gosh. I can't. 4.5 stars. Didn't hit me as hard as book two, but I still cried. Many times. I love these characters so much, even Wally, who I hated in book 1. But he's changed so much since then and now he's one of my favorites.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Gutzman

    I’ve been enjoying the series and will definitely keep reading it, but this book felt slow and I started noticing how many of the same phrases are used over and over, and dialogue isn’t what I’d picture real people saying in life. It feels like a low budget film in book form...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tawny

    Favorite lines: 1. "It's a strange thing, this worry. It does no good, and yet you hold on to it so tightly" (46). 2. "You don't earn your rights by having birthdays. You earn them as you show that you can accept responsibility" (75). Favorite lines: 1. "It's a strange thing, this worry. It does no good, and yet you hold on to it so tightly" (46). 2. "You don't earn your rights by having birthdays. You earn them as you show that you can accept responsibility" (75).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I liked this book, but not my favorite so far. I felt like I read 500 pages and not much happened to the characters. However, I’m pretty committed to this series so I’ll be finishing it. I hope that the next book is more exciting.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Rothert

    This one, for me was harder to get through. I still loved it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gena Lott

    Get ready to shed a few tears.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily Voss

    There were too many perspective shifts, but other than that I enjoyed it just as much as the other ones!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Krista Marie

    The ending left me in tears! I can't get enough of this series! The ending left me in tears! I can't get enough of this series!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Betty Ann Baer

    All of the Thomas children are involved in the war and learning lessons about themselves and their testimony.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Moments of real intensity, especially relating to the Gestapo. War isn't pretty. So glad my Dad came home with no injuries. Moments of real intensity, especially relating to the Gestapo. War isn't pretty. So glad my Dad came home with no injuries.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carol Osborn

    Excellent book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I love this series. Hughes does a wonderful job in helping us try to visualize what it was like during World War II.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    I wasn’t as in to this one as the first two as it felt a bit slower. But still love reading about WW2/ the Thomas family and can’t wait to start the next book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson

    4/5 angel stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heatherterrybell

    This one was harder for me to read. The war scenes were so difficult but well written. I love this family!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lis

    This was a great book. I couldn't put it down. The way the author tells the character's individual stories, how each character deals with the war was masterful. This was a great book. I couldn't put it down. The way the author tells the character's individual stories, how each character deals with the war was masterful.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Another good book in the series! The war continues and families are still separated, but even amid the trials there are blessings and miracles for the Thomas family. Some of them are brought together and they all continue to push forward. I like reading about familiar places - Hawaii and its culture, Japan, Salt Lake City, London. I like learning about the history, although it's very sad to think about the realities and horrors of war. I can't imagine the horrible hardships and then memories the Another good book in the series! The war continues and families are still separated, but even amid the trials there are blessings and miracles for the Thomas family. Some of them are brought together and they all continue to push forward. I like reading about familiar places - Hawaii and its culture, Japan, Salt Lake City, London. I like learning about the history, although it's very sad to think about the realities and horrors of war. I can't imagine the horrible hardships and then memories the soldiers and prisoners and others face. As it mentions a few times in this book, war definitely takes a toll and changes people. I'm grateful for the message of the importance of family and the hope of their consistent love, the power and strength of friendships, and the blessings of repentance and forgiveness. It's amazing to think about the full-scale world conflict and watch families torn across cultures and borders on both sides of the conflict, causing people to really think about what they believe - will they be kind to the German sitting next to them in church in England and the Japanese American in Hawaii? But, it's is the trying times that teach us the most. Here are a few quotes that I liked from the book: "It seemed that a few people in the world were making all the decisions for everyone else now. She wondered what would happen if all the weary soldiers simply decided to quit fighting (p. 28)." "Haoles. Every time you enjoy yourselves, you stop, look around, and say, 'What if someone sees me having a good time?' Hawaiians aren't like that. We know how to be happy (p. 45)." "You have to trust the Lord, my dear. That's what haoles never want to do....It's like the hula. You have to let go a little (p. 47)." "We should not forget that there are faithful Latter-day Saints in many of the countries involved in the war....[we should not] wound the feelings of our brothers and sisters in defeated lands (p. 181)." "'Can you put it in God's hands? Can you trust him, and wait?' 'It's not God doing this....We're all killing each other--and what's God supposed to do about that (p. 203)?'" "I'm just saying that good people have to stand up for what's right. We've lost our moral bearings during this war, and we need to get them back (p. 276)." "All I want you to know is that war is the greatest evil Satan has invented to corrupt our hearts and souls. We should honor our soldiers, but we should never honor war (p. 278)." "'I'm sorry for my anger. I accept the things as they are. But Father, please comfort me. Please let me feel thy love.' And then the comfort came, the love....She didn't know why things happened the way they did, but she trusted that God did, and she finally felt able to accept (p. 285)." "Sooner or later everyone has to go through something--some kind of pain or suffering. And I think that's how it's supposed to be. It doesn't even out exactly, but we all have to pass through our own tests, and if we make it through, we're better for it (p. 287)." "Religion isn't a list of rights and wrongs to him. It's who he is (p. 306)." "God certainly hates this war, but he can be with you, giving you strength, even at the worst moments of your life. Even in war (p. 313)." "And no matter what this war costs us, maybe it's taught us some things, too (p. 415)." "Merry Christmas. I want to give you a gift. You don't kick me anymore, and I want to thank you for that....I'll work during dinnertime today. You'll get a little more done. And you like that (p. 416)."

  28. 5 out of 5

    04kaitlynr

    The book I just finished was Children of the Promise. It was a good book. I liked it because it is interesting to see how they survive. I think that anyone who likes WWII books should read this. There were lots of different characters that the book referred to so I am going to talk about them and their experiences in the book. I am going to start with Alex. He is in the army right now, fighting for America against Germany. He and his company go to Holland to fight and sort of weaken the borders The book I just finished was Children of the Promise. It was a good book. I liked it because it is interesting to see how they survive. I think that anyone who likes WWII books should read this. There were lots of different characters that the book referred to so I am going to talk about them and their experiences in the book. I am going to start with Alex. He is in the army right now, fighting for America against Germany. He and his company go to Holland to fight and sort of weaken the borders but end up staying there longer than desired. They are dropped into a field and are trying to destroy some German Panzer tanks but find out that they don’t have enough equipment. So Alex and his fellow soldiers are stuck in foxholes for a long time fighting the cold, hunger, and sanity as much as the enemy. The next people I will talk about are Bobbi and Wally. Bobbi is a nurse in Hawaii and finds a boyfriend that she really likes. He gets sent out to sea with Bobbi worrying about him constantly. She worries about him so much that she becomes careless and mean to those she cares about. Wally is still a prisoner of war in Japan, who mines and digs out coal. He is skin and bone and has to survive harsh cold weather and malnutrition. Not only does he have to go through all of that, but there is nothing to look forward to and his supervisors are cruel and abusive. LaRue, the second youngest out of the Thomas family, is the next person I will talk about. LaRue enjoys going to the U.S.O., a club that is helping the war. She meets a boy named Ned there who really likes her. The problem is that he is 18 and she is only 15 but Ned doesn’t know that. They get into a really serious relationship; LaRue in it for the fun of it and Ned because he really loves her. Ned actually ends up proposing to her at one point but LaRue turned him down and crushed him. Heinrich Stoltz is a German who fights against the Fhürer by giving the allies inside information by traveling to Germany, which is very dangerous. Mr. Stoltz is happy to resist in some way, but the real reason he is there is because he wants to find his son Peter. Peter was lost when he and his family were crossing the French border escaping the Nazi’s. Mr. Stoltz is in Germany spying for the OSS but makes a crucial mistake and has to go into hiding. He has to think up a new identity and find work and some excuse of why he isn’t in the army. Peter on the other hand is in the army. He doesn’t want to be, but he did it to save his life. He eventually figures out a way to escape and will hopefully return to his family. As you can see this book is very fascinating and fun to read. Like I said in the first paragraph, anyone who likes WWII should read this. It is worth your time. It is interesting to see what they went through and it makes you grateful that we don’t have to go through that. This is a good book and you should read it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I gave this book only 3 stars for a few reasons. First off, I'm still having a hard time reading mostly about Alex's experiences on the battle front. I liked reading about his missionary experiences in the first book far more. It's not that I'm completely uninterested, it's that I'd prefer to read about pretty much any other character in this series, especially the Stoltz's. I'm amazed how Dean Hughes has portrayed Heinrich Stoltz as a man of bravery, devotion & determination. I really wish this I gave this book only 3 stars for a few reasons. First off, I'm still having a hard time reading mostly about Alex's experiences on the battle front. I liked reading about his missionary experiences in the first book far more. It's not that I'm completely uninterested, it's that I'd prefer to read about pretty much any other character in this series, especially the Stoltz's. I'm amazed how Dean Hughes has portrayed Heinrich Stoltz as a man of bravery, devotion & determination. I really wish this book had been more about him, his wife & their children, Anna & Peter. I got to the point where I wanted to slap LaRue because she was such a brat towards her parents, but what satisfied me about her was that Ned finally decided to put her in her place & tell her straight out that she wasn't a good girl. I have very little patience with a good, Mormon girl who chooses to wear the most immodest clothes that she can get away with, and who relishes in the attention that she gets from boys because she uses her beauty to toy with them. I didn't dislike reading about Bobbi, & I was so happy when I read that Richard had been spared & that they're to be married soon. I was also really interested in reading about Wally's ordeals in the Japanese prison he was sent to. I really hope this next book is more about him, the Stoltz family & the Thomas family than Alex.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stan

    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) "Far From home," and a few of the sequels, that I had become engrossed in what essentially amounts to and LDS literary soap opera. But Hughes has definitely done his homework, making 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) "Far From home," and a few of the sequels, that I had become engrossed in what essentially amounts to and LDS literary soap opera. But Hughes has definitely done his homework, making the background and historicity of his novels very accurate and believable. His characters are also very compelling and 3-dimensional, and I guess there's just something in my that enjoys following the lives of a couple of families across several generations. This is clean, easy reading that doesn't insult the readers' intelligence, and doesn't compromise any standards (at least not LDS standards). It's a good escape, reading-wise, and though it has the semi-meandering quality of any soap opera, the stories are ones that are good enough that you want to keep following them--even across consecutive series. It's not great literature, necessarily (hence 4-star vs. 5-star), but Hughes makes for good reading that's engaging and entertaining. I'm going to recommend his books.

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