The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan has great story elements: a likable female lead, an interesting historical setting, and even a bit of mystery.
I really liked the historical fiction aspect of the book, and I felt like I learned a lot about the atmosphere of the Montana Territory in the mid 1860s. Brendan’s writing is captivating, descriptive, and enjoyable to read. Patience’s character, coupled with the romantic comedy setting, made the book very interesting. If you like clean, Janette Oke type romance stories (or Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), The Trouble with Patience will probably of interest to you. However, even the book shares its genre with these other works, it is entirely its own unique story. Furthermore, the book isn’t just about romance, and readers will also enjoy its mystery and suspense.
Patience and Jedediah’s relationship is enjoyable to watch as it plays out. Their interactions might just be the foundation that holds this great book together. I also enjoyed reading about Patience’s emotional journey throughout the book as she gained confidence. Her character is a good role model for girls. If you’re looking for an exciting western-themed story with a female lead, look no further, and check out The Trouble with Patience.
I received a review copy from Revell.