About the book:
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 thought this story was okay. It had some sweet romantic moments, but about halfway through I found myself losing interest. I liked the main characters a lot; Patience was very relatable to women because she felt self-conscious about her larger size and plain looks. Jedediah also felt like he was no prize so it was interesting to see how they viewed each other. Sometimes it seemed like he was a little pushy, especially since they weren't even courting. They did start out on the wrong foot, which was amusing. I thought the description was a little misleading because he doesn't actually get around to helping her fix up her boardinghouse. There's another man in the mix, cattle rustling and murder that lent some suspense to the story. Patience had a strong faith, while Jedidiah believed in God but didn't attend church much or really seem to think about it much. Patience's mother was very demanding and critical, but seemed to suddenly change without a reason. It also seemed like the cattle rustling and murder plots got wrapped up a little too easily. I did like that some of the characters and events really happened in real life. If you like historical romance, you might like this story.
I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.