Garrick Devlin has been wounded emotionally when his wife, Cecelia ran away from him and his amputated leg. He will not trust another woman with his heart. Therein explains his harsh treatment of Margaret Harper.
When Cal Devlin brought about the arrest of the banker, Robert Gillespie - Mayor Long took control of the newspaper equipment and offered it to someone who would give Gillespie a running newspaper.
Garrick decided to try his hand at it as he would just be an hour away from the Devlin Ranch, that Sam is running, in Bryan and he would be close to Cal and his wife.
In January of 1869, M.L. Harper arrives from Austin to Gillespie Springs, after ending a disasterious "love affair" with Captain Richard Burke of the Confederate Army. He would not wed her. [what did she think would happen after PMS?]
Garrick is not happy. He assummed he was hiring a male printer.
[Boy did she have a lot to teach Garrick about running a newspaper] Then his son, Johnny, shows up and she is afraid he is another married man.
Jovita, once again shows up, as a great supporting character. And we meet Zeke Barbee, a man from Garrick's past, a slimy, nasty character.
Best is Eureka, a protector, a friend and a helper.
Garrick is very oppinionated about the Northerns ruling Texas and brings down the army, and wouldn't you know, old slimy Burke shows up to humiliate Maggie and try to reclaim her. Yeah! right!
And Maggie gets information about the killers and, dang if she doesn't keep it to herself. [I know the story needs this confusion but these women are so empty-headed in not telling all.]
All in all an excellent story - silly women - stubborn men and great friendships and family bonding.
(from the back)
You just couldn't count on a woman
That's what Garrick Delvin believed when his wife deserted him after the war. Now he'd been decieved by a woman -again. The man he'd hired for his Texas newspaper had turned out to be a meddlesome female and a Yakee to boot! But her firey beauty still attracted him, though he knew perfectly well that a woman couldn't be trusted...
Love saw with the heart, not the eyes. And Maggie's heart longed for Garrick Delvin and his young son. But would Garrick ever learn to trust her? Or would a foolish liaison from her past forever destroy their newfound chance at happiness?