The Trouble with Patience: A Novel

The Trouble with Patience: A Novel

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The Trouble with Patience 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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Barb00 More than 1 year ago
The Trouble with Patience is a fantastic book. I love and enjoyed reading this book from the beginning to the end. There are many characters, but the author is excellent in making each one unique plus adding the details and descriptions that I had no problem in keeping up with each one. The storyline has twists and turns plus a few surprises I was not expecting and this made the book more enjoyable to read. I enjoyed Author Maggie Brendan's style of writing and will definitely read more of her books. The Trouble with Patience has romance, drama, mystery and humor written in the Western Era and I highly recommend reading this book. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
What I liked: I liked the set up for this book. A lonely sheriff with a past and a witty young woman trying to make a go of it on her own. It had the typical story of the main characters not liking each other at first. I liked both Jebediah and Patience. What I didn’t like: For me there was a lot in this book I didn’t like. It moved kind of slow at times. Patience’s mom came to visit and after years of tension between the two of them suddenly everything was fixed. So not believable. A man that Jebediah had wronged forgave him without much effort, again just seemed too easy.  There were other instances where the story just seemed to simple.      Overall this book was okay but not one I would read again and I most likely will not read any more of the series.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
The Trouble With Patience***** by Maggie Brendan New to a small gold-rush boomtown—Nevada City, in the Montana Territory, Patience Cavanough is restoring the dilapidated boardinghouse her grandmother left her. She is turning it into a Bed & Breakfast—the Creekside Inn, in order to support herself. She is hopeful to have boarders while fixing it up. Marshall Jedediah Jones and Patience don't hit it off at first. She thinks he is rude, demeaning and sorely lacking in social graces; which she tells him in no uncertain terms, and that he needs to apologize for his rudeness. Not only that, he makes the worst tasting brew of coffee she ever drank! Jedediah shakes his head and chuckles, thinking back to how Patience tried to interfere with his duties as marshal while arresting someone earlier that morning. Even though she has really pretty green eyes, she spells T-r-o-u-b-l-e with a capital “T”, which he did not need. However, he makes an arrangement with Patience—she would supply him food for himself, his prisoners and when the occasion arose, his posy—and he will help fix up the boardinghouse. Cowboy Cody Martin arrives in town looking for work to tide him over till he gets a full time job and a place to stay. He acquires a room at the Creekside Inn and offers to help with the much needed repairs. Jedediah is not sure he likes that arrangement at all. The residents of Nevada City are friendly and watch out for each other, helping whenever needed. I enjoyed watching Patience and Jedediah tip-toe around each other, not sure where things would go. I wasn't sure about Cody at first—thought he was up to no good but ended up liking him. Patience's friend, Emily is a sweet, shy young woman. I loved the mixture of the characters in the story and the humor, finding myself chuckling along with them. There are some unsavory characters, cattle rustlers, murder of a dear town resident, regrets from the past, forgiveness, strong faith woven in the story. ~I won a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in a giveaway on TBCN for my honest review~
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
When Patience Cavanaugh's grandmother passed away she left the Creekside Inn to her granddaughter rather than her daughter. Patience took the opportunity to escape her overbearing mother and quickly moved to Nevada City in the Montana Territory. Once there she discovered that the Inn was a bit run down and in need of repairs. Even with all the obstacles in her way Patience was determined to make a go of it. Her first run in with the local marshal, Jedediah Jones, doesn't leave a very good impression of her. But to be truthful she's not very impressed with him either. Her conscience gets the better of her and she soon makes amends. It's not easy having the name Patience but little of the attribute to go along with it. As the story progresses you are introduced to new characters and an element of mystery. A local rancher is murdered and the search for suspects shines light where darkness wishes to remain. I enjoyed thinking that I had surely figured out who the evil person was only to discover that I was wrong. When the mystery was solved I was a bit surprised. This new series by Maggie Brendan promises to be another delightful adventure into the wild west. Her characters are always well developed and the storylines not only entertain but invite you to go deeper with your own personal faith. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a trip back in time where a murder mystery mingles with a bit of romance. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Trouble with Patience is a fabulous read. It is the first book I hae read by Maggie Brendan. I loved the character of Patience. Especially, when she was with Jed.  A great, fund and inspiring Wild West story. I cannot wait to get my hands on more books by this author. Highly recommended 5 plus stars.
MountainsJJ More than 1 year ago
A new series by seasoned author Maggie Brendan titled Virtues and Vices sounded 'oh-so-appealing' to me. Although this is my first time reading a novel by Maggie Brendan I awaited the book with much anticipation. But I ran into some "trouble" with The Trouble With Patience. The story starts out strong, grabbing the reader's attention immediately. A rough and gruff Lawman and a single, yet strong-minded young woman clash instantly. Fireworks! However they fizzled out quickly in my mind. Let me share some positives and some negatives I found in reading this novel. First off, the plot was fun. It sounded very intriguing on the back cover and got better as the reader entered the story. There was so much potential for a riveting read. All the characters were easy to like and the hero and heroine both had strengths and flaws that were understandable. However, that is where the "connection" ended for me. At the end of the story I liked the characters as much as I had at the beginning--so-so. Not what I prefer in a novel. I want to be restless at the end of a novel because I can't bear to read "The End". I also found that the plot moved very slowly through the story covering a lot of mundane story aspects. Then when the tension should be high - the peak of the romance thread and the peak of the suspense thread, the story skipped over these with a handful of sentences. For me the biggest challenge to a true investment in the story was the writing. I felt constantly yanked out of the story by the style and choice of words and dialogue. It was hard to put my finger on it at first. Then it dawned on me that the words were telling me the story instead of the characters showing it to me. The dialogue felt forced and contrived at times. The characters words didn't match their inner thoughts and the personality I had perceived them to have. Also, words like "java" were used to replace coffee. I can't say with any certainty that in 1866 in the Old West they didn't use words like that. However it didn't feel authentic to me. (But I am not an historian). I really wanted more from this novel. This all may be personal preference. According to many other reviews on-line the book was very successful. Overall I found the story to be a light hearted read. The romance was slow and gentle and the characters likeable. If that's your cup of "java" then you might enjoy "The Trouble With Patience". Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. I received the book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
The Trouble with Patience is a lighthearted and heartwarming story set in the Old West, with elements of humor and suspense at times, and a "feel good" read overall. There's not a lot of depth, but sometimes a sweet read like this is exactly what I'm in the mood for and I enjoyed it overall. Maggie did a good job creating a sense of place - Nevada City, Montana Territory, 1866 - in a story loosely based on a real-life character who participated in numerous hangings and used "Vigilante X" as his signature. This quote from Abraham Lincoln at the beginning sets the tone for this series:  "It has been my experience that folks that have no vices have very few virtues." There was just something down to earth and likeable about Patience and Jedediah, and it was easy for me to connect with them. I appreciated how the tender romance between them never felt rushed, but developed at a realistic, steady pace. One of my favorite parts was the relational tension between Patience and her mother, Charity, who starts out as invasive and controlling. It was enjoyable to watch the gradual transformation between these two. There's also a loveable supporting cast that added much richness to this story -  Emily, Cody, Hannah, and Joe. Patience was a woman of faith, and I found it interesting that she wrote devotionals, hoping to see them published one day. This was such a big part of who she was that I kept wanting to read one of them - either in the narrative or maybe at the end. Just thought this might have given a nice glimpse into the expression of belief in that time period. The Trouble with Patience was an enjoyable read overall and I would like to read other books in this series. Recommended to all who enjoy historical romance, especially in Old West settings. Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Maggie Brendan in her new book “The Trouble with Patience” Book One in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series published by Revell Books takes us into the life of Patience Cavanaugh in 1866. From the 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. What does it take to run a boarding house? Well… When the boarding house is run down it takes hard work, lots of repairs, cleaning and paint. And Patience is just one woman she is going to need a lot of help. She works out an arrangement with Jedediah, the marshal, and things are working out when Cody comes to town and also starts to help Patience. Now Jedediah begins to see Cody as something of a threat. In addition there is cattle rustling and a murder to deal with. Ms. Brendan has done it again. She has provided a wonderful, sweet story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages. I think that “The Trouble with Patience” is a winner and may be Maggie Brendan’s best story to date. I liked it a lot and am so looking forward to the next book by this highly talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Trouble with Patience is Maggie Brendan’s latest romance story that takes place in the old west. During 1866 in Nevada City in the Montana Territory we meet Patience Cavanaugh who owns the boarding house and Jedediah Jones the town marshal. At first meeting, sparks fly between the both of them. As they begin to work together to make their town a home for all living there a mixture of feelings starts to develop between the both of them. With several secondary characters, cattle thieves making life problematic, and a mystery to solve, Patience and Jedediah’s love story doesn’t seem to have a chance to bloom. Then life gets even more interesting for the both of them when Patience finds out about Jedediah’s past. I enjoyed this trip back in time to a booming mine town and of the time of vigilantes. The cover really grabbed my attention as Patience is looking back and her town is in the foreground, as if she’s saying she has a story I really want to hear. This is the first in a new series titled Virtues and Vices of the Old West which I look forward to continue reading. I received my copy for an honest review from Revell and the opinions are my own.
Pitkinchick More than 1 year ago
This was such a nice, refreshing book.  The characters were clean, inspiring and very lovable.  Patience is a young woman who wants to make it on her own running a boardinghouse left to her by her grandmother.  She learns a lot about herself while showing others love and encouragement.  Mrs. Brendan gives you characters that are lovable and some that are not so lovable.  This is such a good book and you will find yourself rooting for Patience, Jed, Cody and Emily.  I would love to see a book about Cody or Emily's stories.  I can't wait to read more of her books.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Historical romance in the Old West The Trouble With Patience was the first book I've read by Maggie Brendan and I have to say that it really was a sweet historical romance. In many ways it reminded me of those early historicals by Lori Wick etc. that I read as a teen. I did catch a few historical inaccuracies but to anyone less familiar with Montana history they would likely go unnoticed. A big plus is the lovely cover. That blue dress is simply scrumptious and the background fits the setting of the story perfectly. The Trouble With Patience is a nice inspirational tale of forgiveness with a dash of danger and mystery. If you are looking for a lightweight Old West romance to while away a few hours this might be a good bet. (I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
This story was a lighthearted, easy-to-read tale set in the Old West, well-crafted and entertaining. The Montana gold rush boomtown drew me in and the wide cast of characters kept me there. There’s a little bit of everything in this novel – romance, danger, loss, lessons, friendship, and reconciliation. Oh, and ranches, horse thieves, and a charming little boardinghouse. ;) As is the case with most well-written western romances, the hero and heroine both have their vices and their virtues. Hence the series title. ;) Patience is talented, smart, and has a heart for the Lord, but she’s also dealing with some insecurities. The cover shows her to be a pretty girl, but she still lacks confidence, which I think all girls will be able to relate to in one way or another. She’s real and flawed and I liked her that way. To me, it read much like a chic-flick. All the needed elements were there, but it stayed along the surface of many issues, skimming over some points rather quickly. The lessons it taught were good, but at moments the dialogue seemed to talk more to the reader than the characters on the page. The historical details were there and the story read nicely, and yet I was still left wanting more. That’s just my personal preference. The ending could have been wrapped up a little quicker for me, but it was sweet nevertheless. With a few little surprises thrown in. This is a promising start to a charming new series. I have no doubt many readers will appreciate this author’s witty style and continue to seek out these historical dramas. Thank you to Revell Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Shay14 More than 1 year ago
A quaint story in a quaint town, with lovable characters. I enjoyed this story. All aspects of the plot were neatly and properly tied up and completed before the end of the story. The story flowed well and was pleasant. That being said, there wasn't a lot of action where there could have been. We really only get to know the characters on a surface level. While I can tell they develop and change their thinking throughout the story, it's not really on a level that I got emotionally attached to the characters. I really liked Patience and Jed, Emily, Hannah, Cody, and Joe. They were sweet characters. I also felt like the romance between Patience and Jed is kind of forced. It doesn't seem a deep love develops between them. The message of the story is perfectly summed up in the verse at the beginning of the book. "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." - Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) All through the story, the characters are working to please the Lord with their tempers and tongues. Patience is the best model for this virtue throughout the story. Overall, this was a sweet story with likeable characters and an enjoyable plot. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads blogging program in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Patience Cavanaugh has inherited her grandmother’s Inn in Nevada City, Montana and is happy to be striking out on her own.  She is attempting to forget a lost love and be away from her demanding mother.  But Creekside Inn is in disrepair and she has little income to make the necessary improvements.  It is not long before she begins to prosper and become friendly with more people in the town.  One of the first people she meets is the local marshal, Jedediah Jones but she doesn’t seem to make a very good impression on him.  Yet, Jedediah is also intrigued with her outspokenness and gumption.  As their relationship progresses, neither are aware that their pasts have a common thread.   Set in 1866, this historical romance is only ho-hum for me. Although the plot was creative, I thought the relationship between the two main characters was lacking emotion and failed to draw the reader in.  The writing was disjointed and the characters interactions seemed detached.  Even with Patience’s supposed imperfections, she came across as being very self-righteous and also too perfect. Two themes in the narrative stood out to me, they were forgiveness and a healthy self-image, both of which could have been developed more.  My favorite character was Joe because he seemed so genuine.  He had flaws but he also had a caring side and he was transformed during the novel.  Lastly, the conflict or climax of the story was a bit disappointing as it was resolved before reaching a peak of excitement.   I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.  
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
Nevada City, Montana Territory - 1866 "...Don't compare yourself to others. It's what's on the inside--in your heart--that matters. None of us are perfect. We are only made complete when we rest in the Good Lord." - Hannah Larson Patience Cavanaugh is attempting to start a new life after a personal tragedy by bringing her grandmother's old boardinghouse back to life. Creekside Inn is beginning to thrive and life is going great until she spars with the town Marshal, Jedediah Jones. A tenuous beginning soon turns into a blossoming friendship but when Patience learns of Jed's prior occupation it could destroy it. Is forgiveness possible and, if so, is love on the horizon for these two lonely hearts? Jedediah Jones is a changed man with regrets from his past but he's never regretted the past more than he does now. When he learns that his old job as a Montana Vigilante personally effected the woman he has come to care for his regrets lay heavy on his shoulders. With a criminal on the loose and Patience Cavanaugh on the outs with him, Jed's tension is mounting. Can he maintain law and order and capture the heart of the woman he loves? The Trouble with Patience is book one in Maggie Brendan's new series, Virtues and Vices of the Old West, and the first I have had the pleasure of reading by this author. I'm glad I started with book one because it gives me a chance to familiarize myself with the characters which I am looking forward to revisiting. I love Patience's bold faith and outspokenness about forgiveness but, most of all, I love the fact that she had to struggle with it herself. It made her less fictional and more real because everyone has struggled with it at some point in their lives. While faith was a strong aspect of this book forgiveness was at the forefront and I believe readers will be able to identify with the characters on a personal level. The storyline is unique and there are a couple of surprises to be expected which keeps the reader interested and engaged. The suspense isn't very strong but it is very enjoyable and coupled with the budding romances (plural!) I would call it a "page turner". Virtues and Vices of the Old West very aptly describes this series because both are plentiful. I believe Maggie Brendan has a winner with this series and I am anxiously awaiting to return to Nevada City and the characters I love so much. If you are a fan on historical romance with some suspense thrown in I recommend giving it a try! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
In The Trouble with Patience, by Maggie Brendan, Patience Cavanaugh finds herself alone and in need of way to make a living, so she sets out a plan to restore an old ramshackle of a boardinghouse. She soon meets up with the opinionated Marshal Jedediah Jones. Good and not so good sparks ensue. Will they ignite? Or crash and burn? I’m not the most patient person. I’m not pushy or sassy, but I do like things either now or sooner. (heh heh – perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit.) Ahem. Anyway…that’s why I related to Patience’s impatience (say that fast three times!) and her less than healthy self-image. I struggled a bit to connect with her on other issues though. (She sometimes comes off as sanctimonious and impulsive—which of course leads to character growth by the time the story concludes. I liked the Old West setting, even though the dialogue didn’t ring true in some instances. With Patience’s lack of belief in herself and Jedediah’s regrets of the past, these two had a lot of hurdles to overcome. There was character growth, (though I would’ve liked a little more depth, a little more digging into their issues) and one person’s virtues and vices seemed to aid those of the other.If you like tender, historical romances, with a bit of danger and mystery, The Trouble with Patience is a good fit. Solid themes of forgiveness and faith flow steadily, with nice spiritual as well as soft romantic touches. Cover: Like itTitle: Like itPublisher: Revell Pages: 337First Lines: Trying to beat the rain, Patience Cavanaugh hurried up the single main street of raw Nevada City. But large droplets began to pelt her way ahead, leaving that distinctive smell when spring rain mingles with the thick dust of a dirt road.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from the publisher through Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
LannieM More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan. I am sad to admit that this book was not my cup of tea. Although I often enjoy a good western romance, I found this one to be a tad predictable for my tastes. I instantly recognized this when I was not even a full chapter into the book. It just seemed too cliche to be worth reading, but I pressed on. The characters were mediocre and altogether forgettable, while the plot lacked clear direction. It was almost as if the author changed her mind about the plot while writing it- leaving it with a disjointed feel. I didn't find myself identifying with the characters in any particular way, nor did I find the setting to be a unique one. The book went on a little longer than necessary, and could have been wrapped up in fewer chapters. Altogether, not something I will be keeping or rereading. Not horrible, but simply not worth writing home about.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Patience definitely doesn’t start out overly patient, she starts with a spark, which I think is fun for a character with that name. There are a lot of little mysteries and things that you know will be connected sooner or later that will make you say “What will happen when this comes to light?” There are also a lot of things in this book to give a bit of a twist and add tension. However, I will say the tension seemed to ease quickly for me. I would get that nudge of anxiousness and then it would fade as the story moved on. I liked the storyline and the characters and secondary characters where interesting as well and helped depth. In saying that though, I didn’t feel a real connection to the characters. Instead of being drawn into the story I felt like I was watching from the sidelines and didn’t become overly invested. But, this is a good plot and I enjoyed the boomtown feel of the story. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
BookJunkie15 More than 1 year ago
I am happy to say that this book was very good. This was probably one of my favorite reads from Maggie Brendan since "Deeply Devoted". Mostly because it kept my rapt attention with the mystery involved. My first impression of Patience would be that she came across kind of self-righteous. I didn't care for that but she did get better as the story continues. Also, the way she dealt with things most of the time wasn't the best way in the world, she rushed into situations without completely thinking it over. Which is how she met Jedediah Jones, so I guess her rushing into things wasn't completely bad. My first thoughts on Jed would be that he had a rather brash way in dealing with folks, which wasn't bad when he was dealing with hardened criminals, not so much when he was dealing with a woman. One main thing I would have really liked to see more of in this book was personal character development, Patience had self-worth issues which was what made her real to me since I think all women deal with such things at one time in life, but you really didn't get to see an inside look at her finding her worth in Jesus. The same thing with Jedediah, he had major regrets from things he'd done in his past, at the beginning of the book he seemed to not want anything to do with God and then you very briefly see him softening about going to church and then he has changed at the end. Their romance was a little bit like that as well. Except there was more romance than personal growth that I could see personally. But, even though that is one thing I would have liked to see more of, this is still worth the read in my opinion. When you read the back of this book you really don't expect much of a mystery but trust me when I say that there is! It just takes a bit before you get into that part of the book. Though I must warn anyone who is sensitive to a little violence because as the back of the book explains he is a lawman, commonly described as a "hanging lawman" therefore there are some incidents that may be slightly brutal to some people. I also remember laughing a couple of times while reading it. I had a little trouble writing this review since I wasn't able to do it immediately after finishing the book. But, all in all I give this book 3.5 stars and recommend it to anyone to likes a suspense/historical mystery. I received this book from Revell Publishers for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of this author's best features is her ability to draw you into her writing with descriptions and historically accurate facts. Maggie Brendan's love for Montana is evident in every chapter. From the sweeping views of a small-town Main Street, to nuances of blooming flora, Brendan pulls the reader in and immerses us in the era and settings of her books. Patience does go through her share of problems and her lack of confidence is a bit confusing considering the beautiful heroine depicted on the book cover....were there no mirrors in the Old West?!? I enjoyed the plot twists & turns that kept me guessing right to the end. I also appreciated that everything was not all hearts and flowers....there was some real danger in these times and the author does not shy away from including this in Patience's adventures. For all you foodies reading this, there are some wonderful descriptive baked goods scattered throughout the chapters. Maybe next time Brendan can include recipes! Overall a great read. Can't wait for the next book in the series. *DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255:Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising I received a copy of The Trouble with Patience provided by the publishers in exchange for my honest review.*
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Trouble with Patience is a very enjoyable story that really took me back into the old west. It is full of very interesting characters and the storyline flowed very nicely. 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.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Disappointed. The Trouble with Patience is the first book in Maggie Brendan’s new Virtues and Vices of the Old West series. I’ve read a few of Ms. Brendan’s books before and have enjoyed them, so I was looking forward to getting swept up in another of her stories. It managed to hold my attention fairly well, though I didn’t enjoy it as much as her previous books. I would like to preface my review with the comment that I have very high expectations and am probably more critical of books than most people. So please, take my opinions with a grain of salt. While Ms. Brendan does a great job with the descriptions, I found myself skimming after the first couple chapters. The story wasn’t catching my interest like I had hoped and the writing was irritating me. There seemed to be a disconnect between the characters’ thoughts and the dialogue. For an example, cowboys in Nevada comment that the food is “divine.” Jedediah, the hero, thinks in a very proper manner, but his words come out like we have come to expect a cowboy sounds. Wording like “how do,” doesn’t really fit a character who thinks a word like “prettily.” Also, there is a major discrepancy in how Jedediah is portrayed. He seems like two different people, going from his point of view and Patience’s. Patience Cavanaugh is the heroine and I honestly didn’t love her. She is an okay character and there are a couple points on which I was able to connect with her. She struggles with self imagine, which is something probably every woman can relate to. She also tries her best to be a good Christian, but at first comes off as self-righteous, though we do see her grow throughout the story and realize God doesn’t expect perfection. He loves broken people just as they are. Jedediah Jones was a very confusing character for me. I already mentioned that there was a problem with his character’s portrayal, and this really affected my enjoyment of the book and how much I cared about him. I didn’t feel as though I really knew him or understood what was going on. He is strong, kind, and he struggles with something in his past. He is something of a tortured soul, though that part is actually pretty glossed over. I really wanted more resolution for him. He isn’t the deep, well drawn character I have come to expect from Ms. Brendan. I honestly didn’t much care for their relationship, either. It seemed like the same thing over and over, and every little conflict that might possibly have kept them apart was resolved within a page or two. Though the book is over three hundred pages and covers a couple months of time, they don’t seem to know each other very well. When they think of each other, all of their thoughts and opinions are on a very surface level. I can’t say there was much in the way of romance, as they are both very stiff about the very idea of a relationship and simply hold hands once in a while throughout most of the book. Jed tries to hug Patience at one point and she quickly rebuffs him. I didn’t really understand that and could empathize his confusion and anger over her reaction. To be honest, the only reason I’m giving this book two and a half stars, is because I really enjoyed the spiritual aspect of the book. As previously noted, Patience struggles with her self image and several times is encouraged to find her worth in God. I really enjoyed this particular encouragement from Patience, “God gave each of us an unique ability and fashioned us in His image. Who am I to tell Him He’s wrong?” - Patience Cavanaugh, page 285 I loved seeing her grow and become more confident in who she is and her appearance. Forgiveness is also a strong theme in the story and it will definitely resound with quite a few people. Jed has things in his past that haunt him and he isn’t sure God will forgive him. I enjoyed watching him learn that God forgives even the worst of sinners. Overall, I can’t honestly say that I loved this book, or even really enjoyed it. I did finish it and found myself smiling a couple times. It did grow on me and improve as I went. Plus, I liked the spiritual themes and enjoyed the ending. I’m sorry to be so negative concerning this story. This review is in no way meant to express my opinion of the author personally, or hurt her in any way. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own. *Please note: I own no rights to this book, or the quotation used in my review. No infringement intended.
Husker1011 More than 1 year ago
Montana is one of those states that once you visit-you imagine that this is the way it looked like for hundreds of years. Those small towns you drive through to get to where you are going-they have been there for a long time. Look past the updates and you will find something similar to Maggie's Nevada City in Montana territory where Patience has found herself. In Maggie's book, I love how she brought together characters in a unique way. As an audience, we are introduced to Patience Cavanaugh. Her spunk and fortitude puts her in awkward yet endearing and somewhat troubling circumstances through the entire book.  Maggie does, with cleverness, write a story that has you turning the pages to find out what Patience is getting herself into or trying to get herself out of. Having to cross paths with a cantankerous lawman who has had his share of ghosts of an adventurous and dangerous past visit him again. Maggie surprised me in this book and I loved it! If you are looking for a book that will have you turning page after page...romance, humor, excitement, danger and the unexpected-this book is for you. I can't wait for her second book from the Series of Virtues and Vices of the Old West!