“Maggie Brendan deftly captures the flavor of the Old West in a sweet love story filled with suspense and well-developed, interesting characters that will surely capture the hearts of readers.”–Kathleen Morgan, author of the Brides of Culdee Creek series
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.
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.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.