The Trouble With Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 1) by Maggie Brendan {Historical Romance Review}

The Trouble With Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 1) by Maggie Brendan

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Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 1
Maggie Brendan
Historical Romance

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.


My Thoughts

When Patience Cavanaugh's grandmother passed away she left the Creekside Inn to her granddaughter rather than her daughter. Patience took the opportunity to escape her overbearing mother and quickly moved to Nevada City in the Montana Territory. Once there she discovered that the Inn was a bit run down and in need of repairs. Even with all the obstacles in her way Patience was determined to make a go of it.

Her first run in with the local marshal, Jedediah Jones, doesn't leave a very good impression of her. But to be truthful she's not very impressed with him either. Her conscience gets the better of her and she soon makes amends. It's not easy having the name Patience but little of the attribute to go along with it.

As the story progresses you are introduced to new characters and an element of mystery. A local rancher is murdered and the search for suspects shines light where darkness wishes to remain. I enjoyed thinking that I had surely figured out who the evil person was only to discover that I was wrong. When the mystery was solved I was a bit surprised.

This new series by Maggie Brendan promises to be another delightful adventure into the wild west. Her characters are always well developed and the storylines not only entertain but invite you to go deeper with your own personal faith. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a trip back in time where a murder mystery mingles with a bit of romance.

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