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 the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the "hanging lawman"--and finds both betrayal and love.
My take on this book:
I am always excited to start a new historical fiction series and Maggie Brendan has a winner with The Trouble With Patience her first book in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series. The beautiful cover easily had me wondering about the town and characters I would be reading about, but it was the story inside that really grabbed my attention and kept me reading to find out what would ultimately happen with Patience and the sheriff! Speaking of the characters I really found myself rooting for Patience because she was so easy to like. She was new to a town where she didn't know anyone to try and restore her inheritance from her grandmother, The Creekside Inn,which is in Nevada City. Truthfully though there is much more to Patience, she came west to get away from a broken heart and an overbearing cold mother. She doesn't have such a great self image of herself and figures she will just remain single, but it doesn't take long for her to catch the eye of not only the sheriff, but also a handsome cowboy as well.
There is much more going on than just romance, the author also provides a bit of suspense that piqued my interest. The author has a wonderful way of weaving emotion, faith and a historical flavor together to make The Trouble With Patience a an easy choice for historical fiction fans. The sneak peek of the next book has me anxious to continue this series!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.