I love historical fiction and Maggie Brendan's newest book The Trouble With Patience is set in the wild west. Gold mining, cattle rustling, murder and romance complete the elements of a good read for long winter nights.
Patience Cavanaugh's fiancee was mistaken for a cattle rustler and hung by vigilantes. She inherited a boarding house in Montana from her grandmother and that is all she needs to strike out on her own. The the house needs a lot of work and her handsome new boarder Cody willingly offers a hand and a paintbrush.
Jedediah Jones, the town's gruff Marshall was busy maintaining order in a wild town of miners. He was in the midst of capturing a horse thief when he met Patience. She finds him lacking in manners and too rough around the edges.
I enjoyed the story for its glimpse into a way of life long gone. Women alone didn't have a lot of choices in professions in those days and Patience was determined to make her boarding house a success. Many lawmen of old started out in more unsavory careers and Jed was no different but commanded respect as a Marshall who was dedicated to the law.
The Trouble with Patience is book one in Maggie Brendan's new series, Virtues and Vices of the Old West from Revell Books. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I can't share more of the story lest I give it all away. Pick up a copy of this book and sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy a time when things were simpler! Or were they really?