Full of doubt I stand,
Rachel Forsythe's once perfect life is now anything but. The younger of her two daughters is dying of cancer. Despite being the wife of a respected Mormon bishop, neither God nor medical science has blessed them with a cure.
"I don't care if faith no greater than a mustard seed can move mountains. The mountains can stay put. All I'm asking for is the life of one child."
Milada Daranyi, chief investment officer at Daranyi Enterprises International, has come to Utah to buy a medical technology company. Bored with her downtown hotel accommodations, she rents a house in the Salt Lake City suburbs.
Then the welcome wagon shows up. To the neighbors, Milada is a beautiful and intelligent young woman. But Rachel senses something about her that will lead them both in a completely different—and very dangerous—direction.
"If Jennifer became like me, whose blood would flow in her veins? Whose daughter would she be? Tell me that is something you could live with."
Milada is a vampire. Fallen. And quite possibly the only person in the world who can save her daughter's life.
Maralise at Blog Segulla calls Angel Falling Softly
a good read. I would even venture to say that it's a great read . . . . I was captivated by the tight and nuanced writing in Woodbury's most recent release from Zarahemla Books.
With some qualifications, Doug Gibson of the Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner declares it
better than 99 percent of Mormon fiction out there. It takes our beliefs out of comfort zones, inviting analysis and debate. No matter what happens, we've learned something.
According to Angela Hallstrom, author of Bound on Earth, Angel Falling Softly
is more than a good read. It is a provocative meditation on life and death that will leave readers both satisfied and unnerved. It kept me reading, and it kept me guessing.
And Stephen Carter, editor of Sunstone Magazine, says it's "one of the best Mormon novels ever written,"
proof positive that Mormon fiction is not dead. And even if it was, Woodbury has called it from its grave, bestowed it with immortality, and given it a mighty fine set of literary fangs.
Eugene Woodbury graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in Japanese and TESOL. He has twice been a Utah Original Writing Competition finalist and is a recipient of the Sunstone Foundation Moonstone Award for short fiction. He lives in Orem, Utah, where he works as a free-lance writer and translator.