Book Review: “The Trouble with Patience” by Maggie Brendan

March 1, 2015 at 9:13 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Maggie Brendan in her new book “Trouble with Patience book coverThe Trouble with Patience” Book One in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series published by Revell Books takes us into the life of Patience Cavanaugh in 1866.

From the back cover:  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.

What does it take to run a boarding house? Well… When the boarding house is run down it takes hard work, lots of repairs, cleaning and paint. And Patience is just one woman she is going to need a lot of help. She works out an arrangement with Jedediah, the marshal, and things are working out when Cody comes to town and also starts to help Patience. Now Jedediah begins to see Cody as something of a threat. In addition there is cattle rustling and a murder to deal with. Ms. Brendan has done it again.  She has provided a wonderful, sweet story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages.  I think that “The Trouble with Patience” is a winner and may be Maggie Brendan’s best story to date. I liked it a lot and am so looking forward to the next book by this highly talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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