The Trouble With Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West) by Maggie Brendan ~ My Review

The Trouble with Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 1)
by Maggie Brendan
Copyright 2015
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800722647

The Story:
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.

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My Thoughts:
Maggie Brendan is a skilled writer of sweet, western romances. Her newest series continues with hangings and vigilantes, cattle rustlers and murder, so it's a little less "sweet" than her previous Blue Willow Brides series, but equally as entertaining. Patience and Jedediah certainly don't have an easy time at courting or taking things slowly. Jedediah's past as a vigilante for justice catches up with him just when he believes he may have Patience's heart. Patience must decide if she can overlook what Jed has done in the past.

With the Blue Willow Brides, the chemistry between the heroes and heroines was off the charts. The trouble with The Trouble with Patience is that I didn't feel that spark between Patience and Jed as with past couples. The Trouble with Patience has a darker thread than any other of Maggie's stories and I'm not sure I love it. However, I still really liked that this story wasn't all saccharine sweet. It has the aura of a suspense or mystery novel. Still, this is a novel that fans of Westerns and Christian fiction with characters strong in their faith will enjoy. 

Brendan remains as one of my favorite Wild West romance writers and this series promises to get better with each installment. I look forward to reading more of Virtues and Vices!

~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~

*I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am an influencer for this author, but I genuinely enjoyed the story. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

Happy Reading!  


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