The Trouble With Patience – Book Review

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.


I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book for my honest opinion. I enjoyed most of the book but I found the last several chapters changed my opinion slightly. To me, the ending wrapped up too nicely when I thought it was heading towards one of the secondary characters becoming a main character in another novel in the series but her story ended along with the other characters in the book. I also found that some changes occurred too quickly in some characters, like one character who was bent on revenge but then a couple of chapters later he forgives the person without any hint that was where he was headed. There was also a person who was murdered in the book and I found the ending to the murder came out of left field because there had been no hints whatsoever in the preceding chapters to the person’s possible identity. Even though I enjoyed the story, the problems I had with the ending is what stuck with me and dimmed my enjoyment of the novel.

Leaving Our Fears Behind

“Do what is right and do not give way to fear.”

The above phrase was continuously repeated in a book I recently read. It comes from the Bible in 1 Peter 3:6 and it is very hard to live out.

How often do we give way to fear?

We fear being rejected, so we do things we know we shouldn’t or do nothing at all. We fear getting old, so we spend lots of money trying to look young and stay young. We fear being taken advantage of, so we try to control everyone and push others around. We fear being vulnerable, so we overcompensate and act “tough”.

How much of what we do is motivated by fear?

Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however. It keeps us from approaching bears, touching a hot stove jumping from a plane without a parachute, etc.

There is good fear and there is bad fear. When the bad fear takes over our lives, we hurt others and ourselves.

How many times have we lashed out at others because we were scared of something?

Often, when people are asked what they’re scared of, they say things like the dark, spiders, heights, snakes, crowds, public speaking, etc. But how often do people say things like the unknown, being rejected, being unloved, failure, ending up alone, etc? You don’t hear people that they’re scared of these types of things but everyone is. If you were to look at someone’s life or even your own, you could probably think of numerous examples of one or more of these fears motivating some kind of action or lack of action. I know I can think of too many to count in my own life.

What would happen if we let go of these fears? What would our lives look like if we were motivated by doing what was right instead of our fears?