The summary: In 1904 Texas Ranger Luke Palmer arrives in Brenham, Texas, with one goal–to capture the gang of outlaws led by Frank Comer. Undercover as a telephone repairman, he uses his days on the range to search, not realizing there's another pair of eyes watching him.
Georgie Gail, switchboard operator and birder, heads out on a birding expedition, but instead of sighting a painted bunting, her opera glasses capture her telephone man, armed and far away from telephone lines. Palmer is forced to take this alluring troublemaker into his confidence and unwittingly puts her in harm's way. The closer he comes to the gang, the further she works her way into his heart–and into trouble. Soon it's more than just love that's on the line.
And here is KKJ's review:
If you shy away from inspirational romances – or even if you actively avoid them – get off your high horse and read some Deeanne Gist. Start with Maid to Match, and then read this.
THE HAPPY COUPLE: She’s an independent working woman who’s content with her quiet life and bird garden – until HE comes along. He’s a vain, arrogant lawman who hates working undercover because he can’t use his signature pistols (they’re named Odysseus and Penelope) – and because he has to work side-by-side with HER.
THE ROMANCE: The sexy times are “clean” as in all inspirationals, but whoo-whee, Gist can write a damn good kissing scene:
Cupping her neck, he ran a thumb from the tip of her chin to the indentation between her collarbones.
She opened her eyes. “Now I know why cats purr.”
THE HISTORY: Fun mix of “old west meets new-fangled technology,” with fascinating detail woven seamlessly into the action and dialogue. Every tidbit of historical fact and description serves a purpose in advancing the story (in other words, the opposite of info-dumping).
THE STORYTELLING: In between the opening train robbery and the closing shoot-out, we get completely drawn into the entire community, which is more than just a setting – it’s like a separate character.
THE SPIRITUAL THEMES: This is why I love Gist’s books so much. She never hits readers over the head with pulpit-pounding sermons. She just gives us characters who believe and trust and doubt and learn to trust again.