The Trouble With Patience by Maggie Brendan ~ Book Review

Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the “hanging lawman”–and finds both betrayal and love.

With a keen eye to historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites readers to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.

About The Author

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of several books, including the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice award, and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the Author’s Guild; Romance Writers of America; Faith, Hope, and Love; and Georgia Romance Writers. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, researching for her novels, and spending time with her family. You can follow her at her website her blog and on Facebook and Twitter @MaggieBrendan

My Thoughts

This was the first book I’ve read by this author, and I can’t wait for the next book in this series.  Maggie Brendan brings her wild west characters to life through their grit, attitude, and personality.  Where most novels lull, the author introduces new characters with a twist in the plot causing the reader to stay glued to each page as a new scene unfolds.

The author introduced me to Montana history I know little of, and wove it brilliantly throughout this book. The tough grit of the male characters, and the charming, yet strong backbone of the female characters paints an accurate portrait of the settling of this territory during the gold rush of this country. 

This book is the first of the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series by this author.  This book is not your typical Christian novel, but includes suspense and mystery with a bit of romance and drama  throughout the plot.  I look forward to reading more from this author. 

You may purchase this book HERE.

Read the first chapter HERE.

Thank you to the author and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to receive a free copy in exchange for my honest review.