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.
The title of this novel and of the series practically explains it all. Guy (Jedediah) meets girl (Patience). Guy isn’t sure if girl likes him, but he likes her. A few sparks from the past bring in some drama. The whole novel is set in the old west (the title of the series—Virtues and Vices of the Old West). I will not say if Jedediah ever ends up with Patience. But you most likely can guess what happens.
To be honest, I wasn’t impressed with this novel. I usually love fast paced books, but I think this book was a little too fast paced for my liking. At the end of the novel, some of the characters were left holding on for their life, hanging off a cliff. Well, that might not be totally true, but they were left hanging in a way that I didn’t know what happened to them.
When I read the back cover for the next book in the series, A Sweet Misfortune, I realized that A Sweet Misfortune wouldn’t be about the other characters in The Trouble with Patience. (And I wanted to read Emily’s story!). I was kind of disappointed in that.
But, I am sorry to say that this book’s rating isn’t quite high. I would give it 2 stars.
Title: The Trouble with Patience
Author: Maggie Brendan
Author’s Website: http://maggiebrendan.blogspot.com/
This review was written with my own opinions and words.