Against the Odds

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In the aftermath of the Civil War, a shattered America begins to heal. Three Union soldiers--once prisoners of war--head home aboard the steamboat Sultana. For these brothers-in-arms, the war may be over--but the fight for the women they cherish has just begun. Returning to his Ohio home, Gabe Davis is haunted by the guilt of a shattering secret. Though he feels unworthy of love, he cannot deny his attraction to Yvette Augeron, the New Orleans beauty who has blustered her way onto the Sultana. But just as passion...
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In the aftermath of the Civil War, a shattered America begins to heal. Three Union soldiers--once prisoners of war--head home aboard the steamboat Sultana. For these brothers-in-arms, the war may be over--but the fight for the women they cherish has just begun. Returning to his Ohio home, Gabe Davis is haunted by the guilt of a shattering secret. Though he feels unworthy of love, he cannot deny his attraction to Yvette Augeron, the New Orleans beauty who has blustered her way onto the Sultana. But just as passion draws the unlikely pair together, the fateful explosion of the Sultana tears Yvette from his arms. Gabe doesn't know if she's dead or alive, until she risks her own safety to find him. Yet this brave act of sacrifice will plunge her into mortal danger, for Yvette has a murderous enemy. Now Gabe will battle against the odds to save the woman destined to be his wife.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780821770344
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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Prologue

April 28, 1865

Memphis, Tennessee

As he rested on the narrow hospital cot, Gabe could hear the whispered speculation about the impending investigation into who was to blame. But he barely listened, for he had little interest in the rumors of a Confederate bomb planted near the boilers or in the whispers about bribes passed between Union army officials and the Sultana's captain.

Some part of him realized that perhaps he ought to care whether the steamboat had carried too much weight or had been pushed to an excessive speed, whether the destruction was intentional or the result of gross stupidity. But that part of his mind felt separated, as if it had been walled off behind something lead-gray and impenetrable. None of it really mattered now.

Only the people mattered: the soldiers catapulted from their sleep into the flooded Mississippi, the panicked passengers clutching and then overwhelming the same sinking wooden plank, a woman shrieking frantically as five crewmen?her own husband among them?abandoned her in a small boat used to sound the channels.

Yes, the people mattered, and certain people mattered to him even more. One woman and three men. A tiny fraction of the hundreds, perhaps even thousands, aboard the overcrowded vessel. But so was a heartbeat a tiny portion of what made up a man. Tiny but so crucial, something that he couldn't live without.

He covered his eyes with bandaged hands, as if that action might blot out the pain of all that he had seen. But darkness afforded him no mercy, for memory is made up of far more than a man sees. As he lay beneath a crisp white hospital sheet, his body trembled with the smells of what hadhappened, the acrid odors of burning wood and coal, the sickly, meatlike stench of roasting flesh. And even more insufferable were the sounds that rose up like specters from a thousand moonlit graves: the muttered prayers and curses, the wrenching pleas and screams?all nearly drowned out by the almost deafening explosion, by the thunder on the river, in the waning days of war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2001

    Excellent reading!

    The Civil War had ended. Union soldier, Gabriel Davis, had been returning to his home in Ohio. He was traveling on a steamboat called The Sultana. The boat was extremely over crowded and the boiler was only patched together. He had his own worries and never dreamed he would be helping a young lady with her troubles. <BR><BR> Yvette Augeron was on the run. She needed to reach her uncle, an attorney, who was the only one she believed could help her. Union Captain Darien Russell accused Yvette of murdering her sister, Marie, and Lieutenant Simonton. In truth, Darien had murdered them and framed Yvette. Darien was determined to see Yvette hang. However, he had to catch her first! She had proof of his guilt in robbing wealthy Creole families and killing the two people because they knew the truth. Darien followed her on board the Sultana and slowly began hunting her. <BR><BR> ***** This book sure is titled correctly! It caught me quickly and held on tightly! Excellent in historical details surrounding the Sultana and the plight of many Union prisoners-of-war as they returned to the North. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    All Odds Turns

    'Against All Odds' was a terrific book. Gwyneth Atlee really knows how to get your blood pumping. A non-stop page-turner. Will have your eyes glued to the pages until it's done. Gwyneth was really able to catch the Yankee mood. With non-stop twists and turns. But you have to remember that when you read this book, have no assumptions, and remember everything. The ending will come off as quite a shocker. This book is totally riveting. I recommend this book to the older crowd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2001

    Unique and Fascinating

    A truly gifted storyteller, Atlee is quickly gaining a sterling reputation for turning out fascinating and unusual historical romances. However, 'Against The Odds' is not simply a romance, but a well-researched and presented history lesson conveying endless sensitivity and humanity.

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