THE TROUBLE WITH PATIENCE
BY MAGGIE BRENDAN
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- I have to tell you, I think this was my favorite book ever by Maggie Brendan!! I like her other books, even enjoyed them. But not like this one. I totally fell in love with this sweet story and the people I found within the pages.
Patience is one of those characters that makes you laugh out loud. The first time she meets the sheriff, he is confronting a man over stealing a saddle, she gets into an argument over how he is dealing with the man. At that point I almost wanted to slap her. But then when she is at the office and telling him off? Oh boy was it funny. I was grinning from ear to ear imagining the look on his face! Needless to say I did have my problems with her but I know she meant well.
Jedidiah was a conundrum for me. He is quite a mystery and it was interesting to see his character develop. You know he has things in his past he regrets and church has no attraction for him but as everything comes together I felt his pain, his despair of a God who loves someone like him and the fun appeal that Patience had for him. Don't get me wrong, this book is not a down in the dumps story. Yes, people have things in their past they don't exactly want coming to light, but it is a story of redemption, friendship, and even some love.
I really enjoyed the relationships of the townspeople. Many of them were quirky but I totally liked them, at least most of them:) This is a book that will catch the attention of those wanting a fun romp in the wild west and has the flair of romance to boot. Loved it!
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