The Trouble with Patience

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.

Review by Blanche Mancuso

The author pens a great story. Maggie brings to life the Montana gold rush as well as blends together all of her characters into a captivating story. I thought that Patience and Jedediah mixed so well together. They really were meant for one another. Yet, the chemistry they shared was sweet and very loving. It was nice to see that Patience found love in Jedediah so that she could see that love is not really lost. You just have to find the right person. Jedediah was kind, gentle, and had a heart of gold. If you like romance stories with strong characters and a nice location and storyline then you need to check out this book. Which is the perfect time as this is the first book in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series.

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award. To learn more, visit


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