Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Trouble with Patience

The Trouble with Patience
(Virtues and Vices of the Old West)
Maggie Brendan
ISBN: 978-0800722647
February 2015/336 pages/$14.99

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.

Read an excerpt.


Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of several books, including the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader's Choice award, and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the Author's Guild; Romance Writers of America; Faith, Hope, and Love; and Georgia Romance Writers. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, researching for her novels, and spending time with her family. You can follow her at her website www.MaggieBrendan.com, her blog www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com, and on Facebook and Twitter @MaggieBrendan.


Maggie Brendan has created a charming novel with engaging characters in this historical romance set in the Montana Gold Rush. I love the series descriptor, Virtues and Vices, and it is an apt portrayal for this tale that highlights the best and worst of the Old West. Brendan has cleverly sprinkled both vice and virtue aplenty throughout the town, and the challenge lies in determining which character's bent leans more to the wayward path than the straight and narrow. Multiple plot threads add depth to this story. I particularly enjoyed watching the blossoming friendship between Patience and Emily as well as the relational struggles and interactions between Patience and her mother. Don't miss this satisfying read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Revell Publisshers as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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