Some of the first novels I read were set in the old west. I love the time period and the rugged adventures the setting promises. It’s expected that we will find daring heroes, outlaws, and women with spunk and grit.
The Trouble With Patience takes us to Montana territory in 1866 and drops us right in the middle of a mining town. Though most books about towns like this focus on the rough element, this novel almost makes the place seem civilized. Though the marshal confronts a thief in the first pages, it is easy to forget the characters are in the middle of a boomtown while reading the story.
The number of available women in this town took me by surprise. I would think a unattached woman would be snatched up quickly in the wilds of Montana, yet almost every female in the novel is of age and on her own. This does create grounds for a lot of romantic tension.
Personally, I question the use of “java” as slang for coffee in that time period. Little anachronisms, such as this, kept pulling me out of the fictional dream.
Though I can’t pin down the overarching theme of this book, Maggie Brendan explores many vices and virtues found in an old west mining town. It was enjoyable seeing how she brought together the main characters. These two started out irritating each other to becoming part of a gentle love story.
If you are interested in a sweet, feel good romance set in the west this may be the book for you.
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.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.