Review: The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan

February 26, 2015

Title: The Trouble with Patience
Author: Maggie Brendan
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2264-7
Publication Date: February 17th, 2015

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.
I have to say, the synopsis caught my attention right off the bet. The idea of of a western, romance typically is one that calls to me right away. The settings are fun and so open.

The idea of the story I thought was good. It was unique and had promise and the writing was good. A troubled sheriff with a past that haunts him. A girl who is trying to put the past hurts behind her and move on with her own business. However, I just couldn't click with the characters, mainly Patience. She came off a bit condescending and had a bit of a holier-then-thou attitude and looked at some information from the past with rose colored glasses. The assortment of these things just made it hard to connect with her and made it a little more difficult to read her story.

This story may not have been for me, but it could be one you might enjoy.

2.5 out of 5

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.

Thank you to the Revell Blog Tour, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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