I really enjoyed learning about the two main characters, Patience and Jedediah. I appreciated the fact that Patience was setting out on her own and was a strong woman, yet she still was unsure in many things of the heart. She has a bit of a self-image problem and compares herself to other women. It was wonderful to watch her grow in confidence and understand that God made her to be exactly the woman that she is.
I also was very fond of Jedediah and the internal struggles with his past that he dealt with. He was a strong and honorable man, yet there were things he questioned about himself and he wondered whether anyone would find him worthy of love. Jedediah and Patience’s romance was sweet and gentle.
This book is also full of extremely interesting side characters, such as Emily, Cody, Judith, and Hannah. These people, as well as several others, made the story feel complete. I loved the epilogue at the end of the book and I look forward to reading more in this series.
I would like to thank Baker Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maggie Brendan is a CBA bestselling author, and has sold over 300,000 books of historical romance. She is a winner of 2014 Book Buyers Best/ OCC/RWA -inspirational, 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2014 and 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 American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), The Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America (RWA), Faith, Hope and Love, and Georgia Romance Writers. Maggie’s series are Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides and Virtues and Vices of the Old West. The Trouble with Patience, book one in a new series, of Virtues and Vices of the Old West will release in February, 2015. You can follow Maggie on her website http://www.MaggieBrendan.com, her blog http://www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com,Twitter @MaggieBrendan and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaggieBrendan?ref=hl .