I had no idea how the saints did their colonization after they got to Utah. I love this historicl novel series to learn how 'the west was won,' at least in and around Utah. This helps me more appreciate what I have, and I have a greater understanding of my husband's ancestors who were in some measure part of this colonizing effort. Thank you thank you Gerald Lund for another wonderful series!!!!!
I have purchased many Gerald Lund audio books. I love all of his writing. However, I can't handle The narrator. He sounds like a computer generated voice played in slow motion. I am really bugged because I want to listen to this book...but am struggling to put up with such a boring monotone voice. Always listen to a sample before you buy any audio book from anyone.
I love that you're able to get the story of Mitch and Edie's young lives together in this book as it goes through their engagement, marriage, and young family. I love historical fiction and I love how well Lund uses real stories and mixes it with his characters. It's amazing to read about these events that happened and how people lived in southeastern Utah. They had to go through so many difficult things and I often found myself flustered over some of the events. This book definitely pulls at your heartstrings.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I LOVE this great book! I love the way that it ties the Mitch and Edie Zimmer family into the rest of the series. I loved learning more about how life would have been for the pioneers living in the Monticello area during the late 1800's.
I was kind of surprised when I started reading that this book went back in time from the last one I finished, The Storm Descends. I had just finished that one and was just a little confused as I started reading this one. But as soon as I realized that it was just continuing the story started in Only the Brave, I was okay.
I loved reading more about Mitch and Edie. They are great characters, I loved the way the author lets us see more about their life together and the things that they would have done.
One of my very favorite parts is where the young ladies are riding horses and they get caught by their church leaders. The public apology had me laughing so hard.
This is a great book that you'll love reading! I can't wait for more of this series!
I read my first Gerald Lund book 26 years ago with the release of Book 1 in the Work & the Glory series. As a young teenager, I was instantly hooked. I loved learning more about church history and especially appreciated the notes at the end of each chapter that helped expound the factual details. His books instilled in me a general love of historical fiction. I've really enjoyed this series about the San Juan Pioneers. I've both read and listened to Undaunted and re-read Only the Brave before enjoying To Soar with Eagles. Makes me really excited to be planning a trip across the country to Southern Utah this summer. These stories are truly inspiring. I loved reading about the pioneers experiences, dedication and sacrifice.
“To Soar with Eagles”, by Gerald Lund, helps us understand the joys and hardships of the pioneer families of the San Juan Mission. The book is historical fiction, but the reference notes at the end of each chapter relate the story to actual accounts from journal entries. Great book by a great author!
The authors fictional family becomes so real you want to follow them on forever. Using them to record the actual historical facts to tell the story leaves me wanting more.
I am a huge Gerald Lund fan, and "To Soar With Eagles" is up to par with his other stories. I am always amazed at how he masterfully teaches the reader historical facts as he leads you along through fictional characters. My favorite parts of his novels are always at the end of the chapters where he educated the reader with his notes at the end of each chapter annotating where the historical sources were discovered. This story of the San Juan pioneers is so very inspiring as he unfolds their tale of trials, tenacity, and perseverance. I was giddy when I discovered that there was a third novel in this series. It does not disappoint!
To Soar With Eagles was a great read! I didn't want to put the book down. It was very interesting learning from the footnotes that are provided at the end of each chapter. I always looked forward to reading the footnotes to learn more about the true stories the pioneers experienced. This book is great for many different readers because it has cowboys, indians, and a hint of romance. I hadn't been introduced to this series until this book, so I had not read this series before. Even without having read the prequel, it was easy to get into the book and enjoy the storyline. With how much I enjoyed it, I will now continue the series.
An excellent novel based on historical facts of the San Juan Pioneers. An exciting fictional story weaved in with historical facts and people. You will come away with a greater appreciation for all of those who have come before and have blazed a trail to make our lives a little easier. Loved the book!
I enjoyed reading this book about the early southern Utah pioneers. It was very informative, especially the notes at the end of a lot of chapters, giving more information about the incidents covered. However, it took me a little time to get used to this method of setting up the chapters. I feel it slowed down the action a little. I haven't read any of his books before, so if this is his usual method of writing historical fiction, I was unprepared. I liked this book so much that I purchased the others in the series. I would recommend this book. We will be traveling in a few weeks to Moab and wish we had time to explore Monticello.
Amazing! Gerald Lund certainly has a wonderful way of writing historical fiction. It is easy to love and truly care about those early pioneer families that were sent to settle south eastern Utah. My emotions were on a roller coaster ride as we went with them as they suffered so many tragedies and sorrows and then also the many joys and successes they also experienced. .Unable to stop listening "To Soar with Eagles" I was a little sad when it ended, but I am very grateful that it ended on such a positive note. I am hoping that there will be a lot ore to come from Brother Lund.
Once again, Gerald Lund captures you on the first page! What a delight to continue reading the story about the Pioneers in the south-eastern part of Utah!!!! Hated for it to end - but it was such a positive ending! Loved it!!!
To Soar With Eagles by Gerald N. Lund is another example of his tremendous skill of weaving a fictional family into historical events. The story of the San Juan Mission pioneers through grit, faith and tenacity outlasted the lawless cowboys, Ute Indians and the US government; to cause the desert to bloom like a rose. I couldn't put it down! I especially appreciated the notes at the end of each chapter annotating where the historical sources were discovered to give such fine detail to his story. I have realized that my personal story will matter to my grandchildren, so I need to write it down! Thank you for a great read!
Gerald Lund once again weaves a wonderful story full of actual events in our pioneer history. Beautifully written with grace, sensitivity, yet those real touches of reality to how life really was for our pioneer forefathers. Enjoyable read!
"Life is sometimes easy. At other times it can be very hard. And that's life." The simple yet profound testimony of the character we've grown to love and admire, Edna Rae or more commonly known as Edie, in Gerald N. Lund's historical novel "To Soar with Eagles". Lund has remarkably woven history, and brought many journal entries to life, of experiences the settlers of San Juan County and the lives this novel revolves around as he carries us onward through their journey with the fictional families of the Zimmer's and Westland's. It is written in a way that draws the reader into the lives of the characters and causes you to truly care about them. Knowing that much of what happens to them is coming from the actual daily lives of the early settlers gives a glimpse into what it took to be a pioneer. Battling severe weather, trying to keep the peace as well as build trusting relationships with the Indians, enduring the torment of the local cattlemen and the loss of loved ones were some of the more difficult challenges of the day for these early Latter Day Saints settlers of the San Juan County. They received blessings of joy, friendship and beauty within the land as they followed their undying desire to do the Lord's will as they build a community for others to look to and join. The epilogue is "the frosting on the cake" as the novel itself would have been complete without it... but, as frosting goes, it adds sweetness and pleasure being an encouragement to those reading to continue with the legacy these early pioneers have so carefully carved out of faith, hope, and charity! Their strength, faith and fortitude is an example to all as Gerald Lund honors them, the early settlers of San Juan County, through the writing of this touching novel.