Steel Horse Saviors is about three Civil War veterans, two Yankees and one Rebel, who take their steam locomotive west to seek their post-war fortune. In the process they encounter Clementine O’Grady a auburn-haired beauty fighting to save the family business.
Delilah O’Grady is the matriarch of the O’Grady clan, although much stronger and more capable in her mind than in her spent body. At seventy-six she has managed to overcome many illnesses that claimed too many of her friends, but is basically an invalid in her home, having to depend on her daughters, their spouses and older grand children for help in moving about.
Delilah has the same affection for the business her beloved Angus built, but she is more pragmatic when analyzing the possibility of saving the business by offering the hand of her youngest daughter, the only single one, to Quentin Rollins, the owner of the other main lumber baron in the region. She is immediately skeptical of the validity of the Steel horse Saviors story of Lulubelle.
Here is an excerpt:
Delilah O’Grady had seen it all in her three quarters of a century on earth. The sniveling, conniving captain of the sailing ship that brought her to America, the bar owner who considered her his personal play toy while she tried to keep her belly full. Then there was those who tried to scheme against her Angus. Tall, short, slick and slow, she was an expert in people. But this new trio, with their shiny new steam engine, promised way too much to be for real. She knew Clementine wouldn’t quickly fall for their line, but there were others in the family eager to grasp at any straw, no matter how tenuous.
Yes Delilah knew her youngest daughter all too well, since the mirror image of her youth was not all they shared. She also knew her daughter’s tenacity and loyalty eclipsed even her own. Clementine would drown in the allegiance to her father’s dream. Perhaps it was time to make the deal with Quentin Rollins Clementine couldn’t see was necessary.
Come back for the next post, which will begin to enlighten you of the past each of the Steel Horse Saviors needs to escape.