Sweetwater Salvation

Sweetwater Salvation

An LDS Historical Fiction

by C. Michael Perry

What if the Angels among us were more familiar to us than we had supposed them to be?

Most members of the Willie/Martin Handcart Companies came from England; some were from Denmark. Some began their migration in Denmark or Liverpool but others joined the trek at various points along the way: New York City; Iowa City; Florence, Nebraska. Daniel Morgan, our central figure, was born in Wales, raised in Liverpool, then converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the age of 12 in 1853, by James G. Willie himself. In 1856 he and his family voyaged across the Atlantic on the good ship Charles Thornton to New York City to begin their long trek to Zion. By train and steamship, then train again, followed by a wagon company across Iowa and finally by handcart, they struggled to their goal. This story is a fiction — a fantasy — based on the history and events of the trials and experiences of the Willie Handcart Company in 1856. At the same time it deals with the conversion of a fictional family and their oldest son. Where they came from. What they left behind. What they hoped to gain! We follow the the Morgan family from its beginning in Wales. We witness Daniel learn and grow; succeed and fail; hope and dream; experience love and loss. The joys, sorrows and adventures of the sea voyage, the trials of the train trips, the hopes held crossing Iowa and Nebraska, and the heartbreak of Wyoming are all painted into a vivid portrait of words and feelings. Do we pass through this life on our own? Do we live this life successfully simply because there are always angels among us? Or are some people, like Daniel Morgan, just a little closer to the angels than the rest of us?

 

6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper

ISBN-13: 978-1478179269
ISBN-10: 1478179260
BISAC: Fiction / Historical