Monday, 27 April 2015

The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan

Review: I love the concept of this series! The title is intriguing,,, "Virtues and Vices". It is such a contradictory statement. I can see how Maggie Brendan could really take off and run with such a premise.

Patience is a strong lead character - striving to grow herself spiritually and grow her new business at the same time. She's got her hands full trying to bring her recently deceased grandmother's boarding house back into it's full glory. Between cooking breakfast and dinner for her tenants, keeping her establishment the cleanest boarding house in town, and trying to work on repairs, Maggie hardly has time to entertain the attentions of the two handsome men that suddenly appear in her life.

For Maggie, men have never paid her much attention. She views herself as plain and knows she's not as slim as many young women. She doesn't wish to stay single forever, but she's resigned herself to the fact that she will likely grow old as a lone woman, and she's just grateful she has the boarding house to support her.

Having suffered heartbreak over her one and only beau, Maggie isn't looking for love...but good women are hard to come by and she is a hot commodity in this old west town. The sherif, Jed, is as mysterious as he is dark and handsome, and Cody is as ruggedly good looking and charming as he is secretive. With two good-looking men to get to know … and with each having an equally tight-lipped pasts, she got quite the adventure set out before her.

Overall, the concept of this book was good. I liked the cover a lot too. I found the dialogue to be a bit of a stumbling point at times, as I couldn't imagine someone actually saying the things they would say. I also felt some of the 'love feelings' in this book developed very, very quickly without a lot of background and basis for said affections. Otherwise, "The Trouble with Patience" was pretty good.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Revell and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

Back Cover: 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.

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