Olsen has masterfully crafted the full “extraordinary story of the Willie & Martin Handcart Pioneers.” This book is a must own for anyone who is part of the story of these pioneers, whether because they descended from them, lead youth in trekking, or have inherited the cultural legacy. The hard questions about the tragedy that resulted in a late start are answered while the heart-wrenching stories give life to the epic account. This book changed me. The final words epitomize their stories: “When they felt alone, when they felt that they could bear no more, a divine hand was stretched out to steady them and guide them home.”
With information taken from journals, interviews and other historical records, Andrew Olsen gave me a feeling of being out there, on the trail, with my Great Great Grandmother. His narrative chronicles the ordeals of the Willie Handcart Company. The Martin Handcart Company is mentioned and referred to many times, but the lion share is about the Willie Handcart Company. I thought I had a feeling for what they went through, until I read this. I forever work to honor those who endured this ordeal.
Andrew Olsen gives greater clarity and insight to the travels and travails of the beleagured handcart companies. His well-researched, yet extremely readable book both captures the interest of the reader, and teaches about lessons learned and lives lost. As a direct descendent of the Martin Handcart Company, I am more committed to the legacy left to me through reading this book. It should be must reading for anyone searching for understanding of this difficult period in westward migration.
I've read a few books about the Martin and Willie Handcart Co. and this is by far my favorite!! Its incredible. I think my favorite part is the second half where he tells you what happened to the people AFTER they made it to the valley. Its so interesting to read about their lives after they got there and how the trek changed their lives. It changes your whole perspective on life.I love it!!! Its my favorite book ever!!!
This book was well written about the pioneers. I was greatly humbled by the experiences these faithful men , women, and children went through. This book deepened my appreciation for them.
I am reading this book now. I didn't know what was behind the handcarts and why they started so late in the season, who encouraged them, etc. It has been very informative and has answered my questions.
A bit heavy at times, but well worth the money and the time. Although it contains facts and no fiction to bind it together, it reads like a storybook. Amazing stories!
This book brings to life the stories of the pioneers and what they went through to live the gospel. I could not put it down. I was pleased to learn more about my great great great grandfather who was one of the London branch presidents who gave up his wagon for a cheaper handcart so that the extra money could bring more saints to zion. My heart broke and rejoiced as I read. My life is forever changed.
Andrew Olsen's insight, understanding, and commentary on this overall drama are right on! This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to know the most accurate and more comprehensive story of the belated 1856 Mormon Pioneer immigration. Those troubling 'Why's' and 'How's' will largely disappear for serious students as well as casual readers of 'The Price We Paid.' Congratulations also to Mr. Olsen for including some inspiring and passionate personal accounts. My enthusiastic response is that the stories in 'The Price We Paid' are nearly as powerful as scripture! Jolene Allphin
'This is truly a phenomenal book--a nonfiction book that is well documented and reads like a story is not easy to come by. The overall spirit of the book is incredible, too.' -- Celeste Howard