The Trouble with Patience

Title:  The Trouble with Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West #1)
Author:  Maggie Brendan
Pages:  330
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Revell
Jedediah Jones is the marshal in Nevada City, Montana in the year 1866. There are a lot of miners in town due to the gold found nearby.  He has a big secret in his past that he hopes Patience never discovers, but he has made his peace with God about it and is trying to be a better man.  He is irritated with Patience when first they meet, but slowly realizes she is a very special woman and one he wants to get to know better.  She makes him want to be a more godly man and gives him insight or advice when he most needs it.  She also encourages him as their friendship deepens.
Patience Cavanaugh has recently moved to Nevada City to take over the run down boardinghouse left to her by her grandmother.  Patience will do just about anything to escape her controlling mother, so setting out by herself for a gold mining town seems like an adventure.  She has God at the center of her life, but that doesn’t mean she won’t have trials and troubles.  One of those trials initially is Jedediah Jones.  He is rude, brash and somewhat standoffish.  Patience has more run-ins with the marshal and discovers that she perhaps made a hasty judgment about him.  She begins to want to spend more and more time with him and thinks about him often.  Is this the man God wants for her?
This is a gentle romantic story that also has themes of betrayal, vengeance, forgiveness, love, mercy and compassion.  I really liked Patience’s focus on God throughout the entire story.  She reads her Bible every night and writes her thoughts down about what God is showing her or teaching her.  She guides some of those she comes in contact with toward God and His forgiveness.  Reading this heartwarming novel is a great way to spend an afternoon.  I look forward to the next novel in the series.
My rating is 4 stars.
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