Book Review

The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan

Covers really can be my downfall with a book. So many times a nice cover will draw me in and a not so nice one will, well, leave me less interested. Even better is when I read the book and there is something about the cover that fits in with the story. Maybe the cover shows a scene or it is just an all around good representation of the character. This cover definitely fit the latter. I couldn’t help but imagine the woman on the cover of this book matching how I imagined Patience Cavanaugh to be–even to the facial expression. There was something about this cover that intrigued and drew me in, and I’m glad it did.

**I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

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 restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse in order to support herself.

Despite Patience’s desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: She needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse. He needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But as she gets to know this “hanging lawman,” Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye–and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.

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

“Beauty is external, but don’t underestimate the inward qualities that can make one beautiful. And you have both.”

-Jedidiah Jones, The Trouble with Patience

Characters: Jedidiah and Patience were quite a pair to get to know, as well as some of the other people populating this story. Both were quite different from one another but in ways that definitely seemed to compliment each other.

Storyline: There were so many things I loved about the plot in this novel. There were a number of things that started to show up that created a tension. The kinds of things that made me go, “oh no, when she finds out about…” I couldn’t wait for it to happen. But, I feel like a number of the issues were resolved almost too quickly–to a point of not feeling quite as natural. It felt like the ending just came too quick without as much excitement as there should have been. With that said, there were a couple of things that did pop up in the story that I definitely did not see coming, and it’s hard to complain about that.

My Thoughts:  I did really enjoy this book overall. There were a couple of things that I wish were a bit different, but nothing so much that really hindered my enjoyment of the book. I’ve read Maggie Brendan’s Blue Willow Bride series, and I think I like this book even more than those. I’m definitely excited to see where this new series goes in the future books.

About the Author:
Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 HEart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award.

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