Take Me Home by Dean Hughes
(Hearts of the Children)

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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.

"Rainer, you shouldn’t come here. I’ve been followed lately. Someone probably knows you’re here – or will see you leave."

"I had nowhere 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 it seduce him into a mistake – to please some Stasi agent – that was even worse.

Just as Hans’s life is improving, he begins to suspect that German authorities are watching him again. Going back to prison would be painful, but worse is the thought that he might miss his opportunity for a future with Elli.

Gene is surviving the terrors of a jungle war day by day, with long periods of boredom followed by moments of utter terror. Can he really make it home, when so many are dying all around him? And if so, will Emily and Danny even recognize the man he has become?

Kathy has joined the Peace Corps and traveled to the Philippines, determined to make a difference, but she find that her eagerness to help only alienates people. When the local LDS branch president asks her to accept a calling, Kathy is unsure. She can’t seem to find a place where she really belongs.

Diane’s marriage to Greg is certainly not turning out the way she had imagined it. She still has reason to doubt his faithfulness to her, and he’s becoming abusive. Diane wants to make her marriage work, but she’s wondering how many chances she should give her difficult husband.

Take Me Home continues the gripping story of life in the sixties for the Thomas grandchildren – a time of turmoil and trial, of growth and self-discovery. If you’re interested in the lessons of history, of if you’re simply looking of a powerful LDS novel, you won’t want to miss this fourth volume of the Hearts of the Children series.

 

About Dean Hughes

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Dean Hughes is the author of more than eighty books for younDean Hughes is the author of more than eighty books for young readers, including the popular sports series Angel Park Alg readers, including the popular sports series Angel Park All-Stars, the Scrappers series, the Nutty series, the widely l-Stars, the Scrappers series, the Nutty series, the widely acclaimed companion novels "Family Pose" and "Team Picture, acclaimed companion novels "Family Pose" and "Team Picture, " and "Search and Destroy". "Soldier Boys" was selected for " and "Search and Destroy". "Soldier Boys" was selected for the 2001 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age listthe 2001 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. Dean Hughes and his wife, Kathleen, have three children an. Dean Hughes and his wife, Kathleen, have three children and six grandchildren. They live in Midway, Utah. d six grandchildren. They live in Midway, Utah.
 
Published September 1, 2004 by Deseret Book Co. 437 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Thomas family saga continues with this solid penultimate volume, set in the early 1970s. Readers who have followed the story will cheer as Diane finally stands on her own two feet; Hans finds a

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(The only other meaty DVD feature gives background history to some of the song selections, but working through the title cards is laborious.) It’s a shame, because so much of the movie is about the characters trying to take charge of their own lives, but it’s the movie itself that seems to have g...

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Take Me Home Tonight is set in the late 1980s, for reasons that seem to have less to do with nostalgia for that era than with nostalgia for its movies.

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