The Trouble with Patience
By Maggie Brendan
Published by Revell
338 pages

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 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.

REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book with a strong female leading lady I instantly liked and had me smiling ear to ear. Patience is a strong and determined women new to this mining town. She had inherited her grandmothers bed and breakfast; The Creekside Inn located in Nevada City, in the Montana Territory. She didn't have much money but was determined to do her grandmother proud. Patience was a hard worker and starts to make the Creekside Inn shiny and beautiful ready for customers.

Patience and Sheriff Jedediah Jones have an encounter on the city street. Sparks fly between them and not in a good way! Patience backs down but later confronts Jed. 

“And just what can I help you with Miss..?

“…Miss Patience Cavanaugh. Perhaps the question is what can I help you with, Sheriff Jones?”

“I’ve never needed help from any woman and don’t intend to start now.”

“Perhaps we can start with your manners – for example; when a man insults a women in front of half the town, it’s customary to apologize!”

“Apologize? When you’re intruding on the law? Is that the way a lady behaves? Hardly, now, if you’ll excuse me…don’t let the door slam on your backside as you leave.”

After Patience confronts the Sheriff who doesn't think he should apologize she wonders what she’s gotten herself into. But she’s a determined woman. She’d fix the Creekside Inn all by herself if it came to that. All she needed was for it to fill up with boarders. She’d charge extra for meals, offer to do people laundry. There were so many ways to raise the funds needed for repairs. I liked these leading characters and the situation they find themselves in. Their encounters made me smile and laugh out loud. These two are surrounded with a cast of fun and intriguing supporting characters I liked too.

Patience didn't count on a renter by the name of Cody to walk through the door of the Inn. He’s looking for work and offers to help make repairs in between job interviews. He wanted to stay busy. great for her and he wasn't so bad on the eyes either.

Jed sees Cody helping Patience repair the Inn. What’s that all about? He can’t believe the nerve of that woman thinking he should apologize to her! She was a strong one. Not his type at all. So, why did seeing Cody helping Patience bother him? He couldn’t think about that right now he was in pursuit of a cattle wrestler. Later that search turns into tracking down a murderer and seeking justice.

This town was about to explode as things get heated in seeking justice for the murder of one of their own. Jed, Patience, Cody and a few others hold secrets tight until they are forced to disclose them and clarity which brings out a shocking revelation. I couldn’t put this book down. It was so much fun. I highly recommend this for a book club pick and/or just plain fun!

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
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1 comment:

  1. Great review ! I agree totally on everything ! I can't put the book.down ! Awesome boik.funny and hoping for a romance ! Maggie is a great author ...
    Darlene Lindstrom