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February 24, 2015

The Trouble with Patience {Maggie Brendan}

the trouble with patience
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.

My Thoughts:
I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it either. Unfortunately for me, this was just a book.

Patience is 25 years old (old by old west standards) and single as she works to try to run the boardinghouse left to her by her grandmother. She doesn't think too much of herself and is pretty sure that she will be single forever. She is lonely, but has learned to accept her fate in life.

Patience makes a couple friends in her new town and seems to be fitting in very nicely. She even hires help at the boardinghouse and becomes a best friend to Emily.

Jedediah is the town marshal and is also older and single. He tends to run in the same circle of friends as Patience, so it is inevitable that the two of them would end up together. I don't feel like the author did anything to try to mask the fact that these two were going to eventually be a couple.

However, their road to being together is full of bumps and obstacles and you almost wonder if the relationship will ever actually happen.

This was a good story, but it just didn't have any exciting or unexpected aspects for me. It all seemed fairly predictable and common.

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award. To learn more, visit her at