The Union Belle/The Final Adversary Author:Gilbert Morris The Union Belle: As the nation recovers from the Civil War, Sky and Rebekah Winslow's wayward son Mark is slowly making his way north through Texas after his release from a Mexican prison. Headed for Omaha to work for the Union Pacific Railroad, he is forced to shoot a man, then thrown into jail to await his prison sentence. In a small Texas tow... more »n where justice will not be served, Mark's only hope is the young woman whom he defended.
Lola Montez had attempted to escape the horrible saloon life she inherited from her mother, but she was held there by circumstances beyond her control. When Mark Winslow stopped her attacker, he also became her ticket out of town. If Lola can break him out of jail, surely he will take her with him to look for her father in Omaha.
But a jailbreak is a small matter compared to what they will face. Mark becomes a trouble-shooter for the Union Pacific, responsible for law and order in the towns that spring up as the transcontinental railroad heads west, and he must live by his gun. Lola must live by her iron heart and find her way in a West where only the strong survive. While treachery, betrayal, and sabotage lie before them, so does an unexpected confrontation with a kingdom not of this world.
The Final Adversary: Barney Winslow had walked away from his family with a bitterness and a rage that well fit a prizefighter. He had never measured up to his father's expectations and long ago he'd lost hope of being the person his brother was. He only wished they'd stayed in their own nice little world and leave him alone.
Barney had come to believe the promises of the prize ring. If he let the rage out with his hands, he'd have all the money and women he wanted. Just a couple more wins and he's have his shot at the title. If he only could control his drinking, he'd be the hero of New York City in 1894.
When the prodigal reaps what he has sown, who will hold out a hand to him? How can he undo the hurt he has inflicted on the innocent saloon girl, Katie Sullivan? How might a wasted life find hope?« less