Copyright – ALPINE ACRES PUBLISHING – 2017 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 who makes the Saviors rethink their urgency to continue west to evade their pasts.
Ingrid O’Grady is the middle sister whose loyalties swap regularly between older sister Venus and younger sister Clementine. She cannot ever go over Venus’ objections alone and regularly clashes with her sister about how she is raising her three daughters as a single mom. Ingrid’s husband was last known to be a prisoner of war in Andersonville, Georgia in the fall of 1864.
Ingrid is intrigued by the Saviors because of the bravado that accompanies them. Not so much the way they conduct themselves, but the way the locals build them up. She has no interest due to the belief her husband will return to her any day. She hints to Clementine any one of them would make a fine addition to the family although Clementine rebuffs her efforts to make it happen.
Here is an excerpt:
Ingrid made sure everyone was down for the night before retreating to the small corner of the O’Grady home where she could enjoy the morsels of privacy she desperately desired. Only here would she take out the last letter from John, the one he wrote just before the clashes against Sherman near Atlanta.
Ingrid read the passage that she held most dear: “My dear I know not what will become of me in this struggle. I feel I have represented the family well, trying to not lose what made you want to be with me along the way. But all the death, all the suffering to what end? Will we ever be able to come back from this, to put our great country to one again? Will you still want the man I am now? I want to believe so and will return to you if only to see for myself.”
Come back for the next post, which will introduce you to Pastor James Farragut, the Baptist minister of Penley River who feels a responsibility to shepherd the O’Grady clan since all the men are absent.