From the Inside Flap
Georgie Gail snatched up a switchboard cable and stuffed it into number twenty-eight. "Hello, Central."
"Georgie, it's Mattieleene. How old is he? What does he look like? You have met him, haven't you?"
She didn't pretend to misunderstand. "Yes."
The new troubleman tried to open one of the drawers, but it was locked. With a great deal of satisfaction, she smoothed her skirt beneath her and adjusted herself in her chair.
"Well?" Mattieleene asked.
"He's big and he's grouchy."
He pierced her with his gaze.
She shifted, facing forward. She could still see him, but only in her peripheral vision.
"Never say so!" Mattieleene moaned. "Is he old?"
He jiggled the second and third drawers. Locked.
"Is he ugly?"
"Long in tooth and raised on sour milk."
Balling his fists, he placed them on the desktop and leaned against it. The fabric of his sleeves tightened around his upper arms.
"Oh, crumbs." Mattieleene sounded near tears. "Why couldn't they have sent us a man with a little fur on his brisket?"
"Party line, Mattieleene. Anyone can hear." And from the crackling on the line, it was a sure bet half the town was listening in.
From the Back Cover
It's a Battle of Wills...and Love Is on the Line!
Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man's world...which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.
Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He's a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers. Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman are the last things he wants to do. But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.
Praise for Maid to Match
"...readers will root for Gist's characters as they face one difficult situation after another with courage and faith." Booklist