Monday, February 16, 2015

The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan

From the publisher:
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.

Maggie Brendan has done her western research and has taken time to weave them into a story that has both romance and some gun-firing, criminal-handing action.  This story weaves the lives of Patience and Jedediah into the others in the town.  The romance is there immediately but it develops slowly.  Both Patience and Jedediah have short-comings that they work through and overcoming.  All-the-while dealing with criminals and friends.

I had trouble getting into the book and staying with the plot.  It felt slow moving.  The romance seemed awkward, but it could just be that the romance back in the old west would have looked like that.  It's hard to put the exact reason, but both Patience and Jedediah were characters that I felt were not developed.  

I wanted to really enjoy this book but was not drawn into it.  

I received this book free from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review. 

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