In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can’t keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she’s also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?
“A Cowboy Unmatched” by Karen Witemeyer
Neill isn’t sure who hired him to repair Clara’s roof–he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?
“An Unforeseen Match” by Mary Connealy
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace’s doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though–and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.
“No Match for Love” by Regina Jennings
Andrew can’t fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?
“Meeting Her Match” by Carol Cox
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker’s son how much she cares for him?
I am typically leery of anthologies because the stories tend to lack the characterization and plot development that I crave due to page restraints. A Match Made in Texas can not be lumped in to that category with its engaging plots, intriguing characters, complete backstories and witty dialogue. There is continuity in pacing and setting across all four stories even though they were stylistically representative of each author, which testifies to the great collaborative effort of the writers. These western romance snack-sized stories focused on the leading couples so that all the page time was dedicated to developing their relationships, leading to more satisfying and emotional conclusions. The perfect match made here is Bethany House’s decision to group these talented authors together! If you are looking for a bedtime read that won’t have you burning the midnight oil, be sure to check out A Match Made in Texas.