Where an Angel’s On a Rope

New Story for the Holiday

Can an intuition save a man’s life? Astronomer and competent mountain climber Cornelius Smith depends upon his intelligence for both his career and his hobby. Never before has he faced a situation where logical steps couldn’t be followed to an inevitable conclusion. Yet even he couldn’t possibly have imagined or predicted his experience in the Angeles Crest National Forest high above Los Angeles. Out for a pleasant hike on a warm Southern California day with a bare minimum of equipment he isn’t prepared physically or mentally for his sudden challenge, nor for the intuition that seems to insist he make an illogical choice — or die clinging to a rock face. Can a man with apparently no way back up, and no way down – find an unexpected means of his own rescue seems to have been placed there for him ahead of time? How can he explain the persistent image of a tiny angel that seems to hover over him on the mountain? And what will he do with the illogical intuition that won’t leave him alone? Though the e-book stands alone, it also extends the Milford-Haven Novels, the critically acclaimed, best-selling series, a multi-generational saga. Based on Purl’s BBC Radio drama Milford-Haven U.S.A.


  • Winner, Silver Benjamin Franklin Digital award – Short Story
  • Winner, Silver GLobal eBook Award – Short Story
  • Winner, Gold L.A. Book Festival Award – Regional Lit
  • Winner, CIPA Merit Book Award – Short Story

Available only as an E-Book!

What they’re saying…

So far, I’ve read only one story in this wonderful book, Where An Angel’s On a Rope. Whether a short story, a novella, or a full-length novel, Mara Purl can grab and hold your attention until you reach the last page. She leaves you always wanting more. Mara can pack more meaning and emotion into a few pages than most authors can in 250, and Where An Angel’s On a Rope is no different. A wonderfully moving story and as I’ve come to expect, it leaves us to wonder what’s coming next, because obviously this story has not ended. I can’t wait to read the remaining stories.
– Linda Thompson, Host of www.TheAuthorsShow.com

I treated myself to reading the first two of your Christmas stories – Where Angel’s On a Rope and When Angels Paint – and I REALLY love ’em! Your literary gifts just continue to amaze – yours is an ever expanding talent, and I was truly touched.
– Marilyn Harris, Musician, Song-writer, Composer

Mara Purl’s story is beautifully told, with exquisite detail and gripping scenes that take you into the lives of these characters in a suspenseful and riveting way that will keep you reading rapidly to find out the ending. She has a wonderful way with words and images.
– Sam Summerlin, President/Chairman of The New York Times Syndicate