Author: Maggie Brendan
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Bethany House’s website description of The Trouble with Patience:
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.
I have to be honest, I had a hard time with this book. I’d been reading contemporaries for a bit before I started The Trouble with Patience, so transitioning to historical fiction, and the way of writing that goes along with that, was difficult for me. Beyond that, however, I had trouble being interested in the characters. I couldn’t connect with them, no matter how hard I tried or how far I read. An aspect of the book I did like was the setting. Brendan did a good job of bringing the feel of a western town to life. I also enjoyed the twist on vigilantes and reading from the point of view of a character who had been involved in that life. I learned a lot throughout the book about that period of history in the West, as well as through the author’s note that shed some more light on what life was like back then. Maggie’s relationship with her mother was another part of the book that kept me reading. The conflict there kept me interested, and I liked how Brendan resolved that relationship. However, I skim-read the last 50 pages. I just couldn’t stick with it.
Now, all that I just talked about is only my opinion. I’ve read endorsements from authors who have really liked this book. I’m just one person who couldn’t get quite on board. So, if you’re a fan of themed books, historicals placed in a western setting, and an almost Pride and Prejudice feel, then you may enjoy The Trouble with Patience.
About the Author
Biography from the Baker Publishing Group website: 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. To learn more about her and what she’s writing, visit her website http://www.MaggieBrendan.com
I was given a review copy of The Trouble with Patience from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.