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In the Company of Angels

In the Company of Angels

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David Farland’s moving masterpiece echoes the drama of Gone with the Wind and the glory of Ghandi, sweeping from the green fields of Denmark to the icy peaks of the Rockies in a saga that elevates and enriches those that it touches.

In the Company of Angels tells the story of three people Eliza Gadd, Captain James Willie, and Baline Mortensen.

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David Farland’s moving masterpiece echoes the drama of Gone with the Wind and the glory of Ghandi, sweeping from the green fields of Denmark to the icy peaks of the Rockies in a saga that elevates and enriches those that it touches.

In the Company of Angels tells the story of three people Eliza Gadd, Captain James Willie, and Baline Mortensen.

Eliza Gadd is the feisty, sophisticated wife of a Mormon clergyman. When her husband answers his leader’s call to abandon his cottage in England and settle in the Rocky Mountains, Eliza’s world comes apart. She may help her husband pull a handcart with everything that they own across the plains of Utah, but she won’t bring herself to bow to a god she doesn’t believe in.

Stalled by setbacks, the pioneers find themselves forced to take their journey perilously late in the season. The lives of Eliza’s children hang in the balance. But how can she reason with people who believe they are in the hands of angels, and that their leaders, like the Apostles of old, have the power to raise the dead?

Captain James Willie has given a vast fortune, all that he owns, to bring “the poorest of the poor” Mormon saints from England to Utah. Yet as he watches his people starve and the tribulations begin to mount, he finds that his prayers begin to go unanswered and his faith is challenged like Abraham's of old.

Baline Mortensen is a nine-year-old girl fleeing the intense persecution of her home in Denmark. With a child’s pure love, her greatest hope is to learn to become a servant of god—speaking the words that the angels would speak, doing the things that a saint should do. Unexpectedly, she finds herself at the heart of a storm, becoming the glue that binds this band together.

Based on the true story of the Willie Handcart Company of 1856, In the Company of Angels unfolds the triumphant tale of pioneers who struggle against unendurable hardships—persecution, buffalo stampedes, rampaging Indians, lingering starvation, and the early onset of the coldest winter in US history—to find the gentle homeland of the soul.

A tale of beguiling simplicity that erupts into spellbinding intensity, In the Company of Angels is everything a reader could hope for—and more.

Editorial Reviews

Kenny Kemp
In the Company of Angels is a beautifully written, powerful account of a perfect storm on dry land.
Orson Scott Card
David Farland is dirivative of no one, yet he writes within a tradition that is as old as storytelling. The tale is set in heroic times, in a land glimpsed only from a distance, but serves only to clarify and magnivy takes taht are also true for us in our relentlessly unheroic times.
Teri Rodeman
This book is wonderful, a true masterpiece. Buy it now - but keep a hanky handy!
Author of Dad was a Carpenter - Kenny Kemp
In the Company of Angels is a beautifully written, powerful account of a perfect storm on dry land.
Best-selling Author - Orson Scott Card
David Farland is dirivative of no one, yet he writes within a tradition that is as old as storytelling. The tale is set in heroic times, in a land glimpsed only from a distance, but serves only to clarify and magnivy takes taht are also true for us in our relentlessly unheroic times.
LDS Forever Friends Book Nook - Teri Rodeman
This book is wonderful, a true masterpiece. Buy it now - but keep a hanky handy!
Deseret News - Michael De Groote
“Reading Farland’s book is not just an engrossing exposition. It is like being a member of the 1856 Willie Handcart Company…. Farland’s novel takes the reader into the characters’ heads to confront their fears, hopes, dreams and dark, unrelenting doubts.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011993350
Publisher:
DFE
Publication date:
09/08/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
518 KB

Meet the Author

David Farland is an award-winning, New York Times Bestselling Author with nearly fifty novels in print. He holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest book signing.

While most of his novels fit into other genres, Dave felt deeply touched by the story of the Willie Handcart Company, and so began to study it with an eye toward writing the tale. He spent two years in the process, reading from numerous biographies, pulling handcarts, and traveling along the Old Mormon Trail.

Dave lives in Saint George, Utah with his wife and five children.

Dave joined the Mormon church at the age of 15 and has served as a missionary and a seminary teacher, along with many other callings.

David has worked in a number of writerly jobs—as a prison guard, an ice-cream pie maker, meat-cutter, missionary, movie producer, video game designer, editor, as a judge for one of the world’s largest writing contests, and as a creative writing instructor at Brigham Young University.

In addition to writing, David likes to hike, camp, and fish.

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In the Company of Angels 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RyanHunter More than 1 year ago
Based on the true story of the Willie Handcart Company, Farland has beautifully captured the trials, fears and hope of these pioneers. He seamlessly pieces the thoughts and actions of the feisty Eliza Gadd, Captain James G. Willie and young Baline Mortensen into a compelling story that's difficult to release. Led by Captain James G. Willie, the company encounters countless tragedies that delays their trip across the plains, eventually resulting in numerous deaths from exposure and starvation. Indian wars rage as they march across the plains, carrying their sick and injured in handcarts built from scraps of wood. Companies ahead of them report nearly constant threat of the raids and the discovery of corpses along the trail does little to ease their fears. This heartbreaking account takes the reader to Eliza Gadd's side as she watches her family collapse around her and culminates as Baline Mortensen gives the ultimate sacrifice. In the Company of Angels is a story for all faiths and all people. It's a historical recollection of fact combined in a novel that makes the reader believe he's walking beside these brave pioneers. I strongly recommend it for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago