“The Trouble with Patience” by Maggie Brendan

Maggie Brendan wrote “The Trouble with Patience”, which is the first book in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series.  This book begins with Patience coming to Nevada City in the Montana Territory in the spring of 1866.  She has been left a boardinghouse by her grandmother and wants to fix it up and have a business.  She also wants to get away from her domineering mother.  Marshall Jedidiah Jones is always there and she has no “patience” for him.  She has given up on love.

Nevada City is a mining town with a transient population.  Most of the miners are rough, tough smelly men.  They don’t stay long in one place and once the mines peter out, the move on.  However there are ranchers in the area whose cattle are being rustled.  The Marshall has his hands full trying to figure out who the bandits are while also trying to keep Patience out of trouble.

The book was ok, but some of the dialogue left me wanting.  For instance, who ever heard of a rough and tumble cow poke saying that “biscuits tasted devine”?  That seems like something you’d hear at a tea party for frilly women.  A lot of the dialogue seemed to me to be out of place coming from inhabitants of the Montana Territory in 1866.  That really put a damper on my enjoyment of the novel.

I was sent a free print copy of this book from Revell in return for my honest review.


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