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Earl Evans is losing his memory. Or at least that’s what his daughter tells him. He can admit he’s a little forgetful from time to time, but that’s normal for someone who’s nearly ninety, right? He doesn’t want to go to the memory care unit, nor does he think he needs to. But his family and the staff at his assisted living facility are not giving him options.
Earl’s quiet life is disrupted when an outspoken, tale-spinning man named Teller moves into the facility and convinces Earl to go on a road trip with him. To escape the dreaded memory care unit and to have one final adventure, Earl and Teller hatch a plan to escape the assisted living facility and drive across the United States. This might be the last big road trip for these two octogenarians—but along the way they’ll discover adventure, friendship, maybe even the meaning of life.
“Every era has its own refiner's fire, and World War II put general Church membership and Utah to a test,” Dean Hughes explains. In Children of the Promise, his first historical fiction series for adults, Dean shows through the eyes of the Thomas family how LDS families were tested to the limit.
“Most people agree it was a fascinating time in world and American history. In fact, there is a charm and nostalgia about that dramatic period,&rduqo; says the author. Dean weaves in those aspects among the conflict in the series. The first volume, Rumors of War opens in 1938 with Elder Alex Thomas and his companion serving in Germany. It soon becomes obvious that he will never complete his mission. War is coming, and that will affect not only Elder Thomas but also his family back home in Salt Lake City.
When Brigham Young summons young Morgan Davis to his office and calls him to join other missionaries in settling the Muddy River Valley (what is now Nevada), Morgan can’t imagine what lies in store. He has just two weeks to find a wife and gather enough belongings to help start a settlement.
As Morgan and his new bride, Angeline, travel the long trail south in a covered wagon, they fall in love and connect with the other Saints. But the desert location on the Muddy River soon becomes a physical and emotional test for all of them. Together they face difficult requests from Church leaders, multiple failed attempts to settle, deaths of loved ones, and then perhaps the ultimate challenge—polygamy.
What do stalwart members do when faced with conflicting feelings between what their hearts tell them and the hard instructions from Salt Lake City? Morgan and Angeline are about to find out.
Spencer, just sixteen, must convince his father to sign his induction papers. He is bent on becoming a paratrooper -- the toughest soldiers in the world. He will prove to his family and hometown friends that he is more than the little guy with crooked teeth. He?ll prove to his father that he can amount to something and keep his promises. Everyone will look at him differently when he returns home in his uniform, trousers tucked into his boots in the paratrooper style.
Both boys get their wishes when they are tossed into intense conflict during the Battle of the Bulge. And both soon learn that war is about a lot more than proving oneself and one?s bravery. Dean Hughes offers young readers a wrenching look at parallel lives and how innocence must eventually be shed.
The year is 1943, and Andy Gledhill's months of training as a paratrooper have culminated in his being assigned to the 89th Airborne. But he soon learns that government has other plans for him. The newly formed Office of Strategic Services needs soldiers with language talents like Andy's to drop into Europe behind enemy lines and help fight the war from the inside out. Andy's new life of deception and sabotage is worlds away from his upbringing in sleepy little Delta, Utah. But even that town is changing, as the nearby Topaz relocation camp ignites racial tensions. And Whisper Harris, the girl Andy left behind, is caught in a maelstrom of conflicting emotions brought on by the war. Should she release Andy from the promises they've made, as he seems to have released her? Or should she keep on hoping?
In this concluding volume of Hearts of the Children, we come full circle to bid good-bye to the Thomas family. The characters we met in Children of the Promise, and their posterity in this sequel series, have filled our hearts for years. As four young cousins — Gene, Kathy, Diane, and Hans — find their own paths in life, they are propelled forward by their strong heritage and the power of their faith. Hearts of the Children honestly portrays the explosive problems of the sixties and early seventies, but this concluding volume offers the hope that families can hold together and that good people, with the resources the Lord offers, can not only survive but prosper.
Gene jogged down the hallway in his stocking feet and called, “Mom, where are you?”
Anna's door opened. She had already taken off her church clothes and slipped on a cotton dress. “What is it?” she asked.
“The East Germans are closing off the border in Berlin. I heard it on the radio.”
“Oh no.” Anna's hands leaped to her face. “I knew this would happen. I tried to tell them.”
“Maybe they can still get out. Maybe the government will. . . ”
But Anna had begun to cry. “I'll never see Peter again. I never will.”
Young Gene Thomas, son of Alex and Anna Thomas, has everything going for him: his natural good looks, his family's prosperity, and his reputation as the best athlete at East High in Salt Lake City. But now that world events are affecting his family, things may not be so rosy after all.
Kathy Thomas, daughter of Wally and Lorraine Thomas, has been thinking a lot lately — maybe too much — about politics, nuclear war, and racial injustice. What bothers her most is that nobody else in the family seems to care as much as she does.
Hans Stolz, son of Peter and Katrina Stolz, has been trying to get his parents to leave East Germany before it's too late — before the government won't let them leave. And now, suddenly, the border is closed.
In The Writing on the Wall, the first volume of the series Hearts of the Children, author Dean Hughes recreates the era of the '60s in stunning detail. But more than that, he shows how the turmoil of that period affects an ordinary family of Latter-day Saints. If you're interested in Church or world history, or if you're simply looking for a powerful LDS novel, you won't want to miss The Writing on the Wall.
When the settlers from the Muddy River Mission, including the Davis Family, move to Long Valley in Utah, they establish the town of Orderville, the most successful and longest-lasting attempt at living the United Order. River is the story of these idealistic settlers who devoted themselves to living this order with “no rich or poor among them.” As they strive to live this order, however, Morgan, Angeline, Ruth, and the other settlers struggle to balance individual freedom with community cooperation.
On top of this challenge and the struggles of settling a new town, Morgan and his wives must face the increasing demands of living the principle of plural marriage as their family expands and anti-polygamy pressure from the U.S. Government becomes intense. How will the Davis family face these new pressures and challenges? They’re about to find out.
Yuki Nakahara is an American.
But it’s the start of World War II, and America doesn’t see it that way. Like many other Japanese Americans, Yuki and his family have been forced into an internment camp in the Utah desert. But Yuki isn’t willing to sit back and accept this injustice—it’s his country too, and he’s going to prove it by enlisting in the army to fight for the Allies.
When Yuki and his friend Shig ship out, they aren’t prepared for the experiences they’ll encounter as members of the “Four-Four-Two,” a segregated regiment made up entirely of Japanese-American soldiers. Before Yuki returns home—if he returns home—he’ll come face to face with persistent prejudices, grueling combat he never imagined, and friendships deeper than he knew possible.
Hans's road has led him to prison, but it has also, in many ways, brought him back to God. Kathy's future is unclear, as she struggles to find her way amid the extremes that beckon her. Diane by all accounts should be happy, but her chosen path has its own trials. And Gene's road, though he is thrilled with his new marriage and impending fatherhood, seems to be heading toward Vietnam. Readers everywhere will identify with the challenges, the joys, and the desires of these wonderful characters who are beginning to experience the consequences that await along their many roads.
“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 — were beginning to replace some of the blue ones.
Picking up where the bestseller Rumors of War left off, Since You Went Away continues with Wally Thomas's struggle to survive as a prisoner of war on the Bataan Peninsula while his family begin to disperse due to the war. Bobbi and Alex Thomas are leaving for military duty at the infant stages of World War II — Bobbi as a naval nurse at Pearl Harbor and Alex in army basic training. A gripping novel filled with memorable characters, Since You Went Away will draw you into a past charged with danger, action, romance, and the importance of family and faith.
One night in February Hans came home from work to find Rainer standing outside his apartment door. This was the last thing Hans wanted. He could only get himself in bigger trouble, talking to Rainer again.
“Oh Hans, God be thanked you have come home,” Rainer said, speaking almost in a whisper. “I've been freezing in this hallway.”
“Rainer, you shouldn't come here. I've been followed lately. Someone probably knows you're here — or will see you leave.”
“I had no where else to go, Hans. I'm hiding out. The Stasi is looking for me.”
Hans felt his hope drain away. He was caught, either way. If Rainer was telling the truth, Hans should have nothing to do with him. If he was lying, and was actually here to seduce him into a mistake — to please some Stasi agent — that was even worse.
Just when things seem to be looking better for Hans in East Germany, an encounter with his old roommate threatens to destroy everything. Diane and Gene also face destructive influences in their lives — Diane with her husband's aggressive temper, and Gene with the war in Vietnam. For Kathy, though, the answers she has been seeking all her life seem to be appearing at last. The saga continues!