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The Uphill Climb

B. M. Bower

Book Overview: 

Ford Campbell is a hard-working, honest, decent cowboy—when he’s sober. But give him a bottle of whiskey and all bets are off. Usually it just makes him rowdy, but this time…well, this time he thinks there might just have been a wedding. Was he the groom? Who was the bride? And where is she?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .shoulders and trickled in little, hurrying drops down to the nearest jumping-off place. "Come, drownd your sorrer," Bill advised amiably. "Nobody said nothing but Sammy, and I'll gamble he wishes he hadn't, now." If his counsel was vicious, his smile was engaging—which does not, in this instance, mean that it was beautiful.

Ford's fingers closed upon the bottle, and with reprehensible thoroughness he proceeded to drown what sorrows he then possessed. Unfortunately he straightway produced a fresh supply, after his usual method. In two hours he was flushed and argumentative. In three he had whipped Bill—cause unknown to the chronicler, and somewhat hazy to Ford also after it was all over. By mid-afternoon he had Sammy entrenched in the tiny stronghold where barreled liquors were kept, and scared to the babbling stage. Aleck had been put to bed with a gash over . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Tough at the beginning, but got more appealing once I figured out where it was going. Basically, we have a cowboy with a serious drinking problem and it's an "uphill climb" to overcome it.

This was a good read about a cowboy trying to get out from under the devastating control of alcohol. He’s an honest, hard working ranch hand, but when he’s drunk he is a hard-fightin’ terror. When his town hastily builds a jail to throw him into because of his latest nasty fighting spree (during whi

Very good short read. I really like the writing style of Ms. Bower.