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.