In this fiction novel written to appeal to both genders, four strong characters collide on the plantation called Allegheny Road, in 1860’s Virginia. Scott Patton and George Lynn, common enemies, are in love with the same women, Ashley Lynn, George’s estranged wife, and slave Millie Turner. Scott will risk his life to free the women from George’s iron grip, even if it means losing them both. More
Allegheny Road is a frank, intense story of two men and two women whose lives converge on a plantation in the Shenandoah Valley of 1860’s Virginia.
Scott Patton is a college professor from Cincinnati who has joined the Union Army to track down and apprehend his wife’s killer.
Ashley Lynn is the wife of the plantation’s owner, and secretly operates a station in the Underground Railroad, under the very nose of her husband George Lynn, who is away fighting with Stonewall Jackson in the war.
Millie Turner is a slave who grew up as George Lynn’s personal servant but later became his secret lover, until his family forced him to marry Ashley, the girl from the plantation next door.
After failing to find his quarry, Scott passes through Allegheny Road, the plantation owned by George Lynn, on his way home to Ohio. He tarries there for a rest and meets Ashley and Millie, and upon learning that they rescue and transport slaves north, he volunteers to help. Waiting to make the next run to the Ohio River, still heartbroken over his wife’s death, Scott finds in the kindness of the two women solace and healing he could never have believed possible and is unable to resist falling in love with both.
Ashley and Millie, who each shared love for George Lynn in the past, are both estranged from him now, and although it was greatly his fault, the pain of it drove him away to join the war, uncertain if he cared whether he lived or died. While his absence has freed them up to carry on their noble work in the underground railroad, however, it has also left the plantation in some difficulties.
While waiting for the next slaves seeking transportation to freedom arrive, Scott does what he can to improve conditions on the property. All the while, his relationship with each of the women grows, and with it, dread of the final farewells when he must leave.
He is still there, on the verge of setting forth, when George Lynn suddenly reappears on furlough from the war. Having convinced himself his wife was unfaithful, George finds what he believes is the evidence of it in the presence of a Yankee on his land. The confrontation that erupts between the two men is tempered by the presence of Ashley and Millie and although volatile, is short lived, with George stalking off back to the war, swearing vengeance on Scott if he ever sees him again.
When the two men clash next time, in the waning days of the war, the consequences will change the lives of those on Allegheny Road forever.
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