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 throws their grand plan of escaping their past into disarray.
James Farragut is the Baptist pastor in the growing town of Penley River, where O’Grady Timber and Lumber is headquartered. Due to the explosive growth of Harrington, the largest town within reach of the small town there has been an influx of new souls looking for work.
With this influx Pastor Farragut finds himself constantly battling to keep the faith of his congregation strong. He is another immediately skeptical of the trio who burst on the scene with their shiny locomotive and a constantly vague or fantastic back story of Lulubelle’s origin. Pastor Farragut is the one person in town not claiming the last name O’Grady who has Clementine’s confidence.
Here is an excerpt:
Pastor Farragut settled into one of the few pews he managed to scavenge from his larger church back east to bring with him on his adventure in the west. He knew Clementine was good on her promise to make more for him when she could see her way through. He also knew the word around town was that Rollins Lumber was going to sweep her legs out from under her soon. Farragut understood how much stress she had on her, but a minister could only apply what skills he had in prayer. She needed an answer and quick. He believed anything was possible with a creator that had crafted the entire world, but he knew it was hard for the young redhead to put that much belief in the unseen.
Her faith had grown some in the years he spent delivering sermons. She was certainly more receptive than her older sister Venus, who regularly voiced her doubt in what she called Farragut’s God. He knew Venus carried her mother’s doubt of the validity of eternal life. Part of being the most effective in his role was seeing who could be reached.
Come back for the next post, which will introduce you to Julius Kenner, the bank president in Penley River that may either be working with Quentin Rollins or working O’Grady Timber & Lumber against Rollins Lumber for his bank’s benefit.