Augusta McBride is a force of nature; she and a like group of women develop the idea of giving soiled doves an opportunity to change their lives and possibly wed. Augusta is using her inheritance to support her vision of a home for wayward women.
U.S. Marshal Jonathan Cleary notices Augusta immediately. Hes looking to settle down after a last assignment and is stunned to find himself attracted to the prim Miss McBride. Hes in Collins Creek, Texas as part of an elaborate plot to bring in a large gang of robbers and murderers.
Augusta has no interest in marrying anyone and it is up to Jonathan Cleary to get past her defenses. Each keeps secrets from the other and this does not bode well for a long-term relationship.
When Jonathan comes back from one of his mysterious trips and is wounded, Augusta goes to his home to take care of him. This starts the rumor mill working overtime and the minister and his wife arrive of Clearys porch wanting to know what is going on.
Jonathan immediately suggests that he marry Augusta; he was planning to do it soon but was in no physical condition to call on the minister. The wedding takes place immediately.
This book travels at a nice pace and there are lots of subplots to keep the story humming. I enjoyed this book a great deal.