26 March 2015

Noela Nancarrow reviews THE TROUBLE WITH PATIENCE by Maggie Brendan

The Trouble with Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West, Book 1)
Revell (February 17, 2015)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

The cocky, rough and tough sheriff Jedediah Jones can capture the lawless but can he capture the heart of a godly woman who loves to write devotionals?

Western justice and vigilantes once ruled the dusty main street and rugged territory of Montana. The most famous of them all, Vigilante X, now resides in the small frontier town of Nevada City as Sheriff Jedediah. Weighed down with guilt about his past, Jedediah aims to stay true to his badge and handle things the lawful way. However, his memories refuse to stay buried, and now it seems they just might just catch up in his life as well.

Patience Cavanaugh runs the neglected boarding-house ‘Creekside Inn’ that was inherited from her grandmother. She agrees to a mutually benefiting deal with the arrogant, albeit tall and rather ruggedly handsome sheriff, that has him promising to improve her run-down accommodation. When a mysterious man arrives in town and stays at the boarding-house, he begins helping Patience with the repairs himself, which doesn't impress Jedediah one bit. Who is this stranger and can he be trusted?

When cattle disappear, jewelry vanishes, and a rancher is murdered, Jedediah needs to figure out who are his friends and who are his enemies, while dealing with a past that’s returned and a woman that drives him to distraction!

This is a sweet western romance with wagon loads of charm, mystery, and smiles. Historical detail is dispersed throughout, and there is wonderful inspiration in the themes of our self worth, faith, forgiveness, and trust in God. Get comfortable in your saddle or wagon because you won’t be wanting to pull up until you reach the end of the trail, er rather, book! 

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* Thanks to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

This novel may be purchased through Amazon, CBD, BAM, and Book Depository!

GIVEAWAY: Maggie Brendan is generously offering a paperback copy of 'The Trouble With Patience' to one blessed commenter! US entrants only on this particular giveaway.






65 comments:

  1. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy, love a good historical with a bit of mystery thrown in!

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    1. In that case you'll absolutely love The Trouble With Patience, Patty!! :) Just let us know your email addy unless of course Carrie knows!

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  2. This sounds like a great book to read! I love historical fiction and the old west has a fascination all its own :). Would love to win!
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, Betti, about the old West!! :) All the very best with your entry!

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  3. Beautifully written review as always, NOELA! Your last paragraph made me smile. Love the play on words! :)

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    1. Thank you Diana, I'm glad you enjoyed it! ;) I couldn't resist to be honest lol. I just love all things western and love writing about it too!

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  4. Love a good Western with a little romance! Enjoyed your review. Haven't read anything by this author yet. Putting it on my tbr list.Thanks for doing a giveaway. :)

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    1. Our pleasure Karen, and thanks!! Hope you get to corral this wonderful romantic western to read soon! :)

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  5. Love this delightful review, Noella! I will have to lasso a copy of The Trouble With Patience! :)

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yee-haw!! :) Thanks Britney, you might even get to lasso a copy from OWG!!

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  6. Thank you for a wonderful review! The Trouble With Patience sounds like a book not to be missed!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Melanie! You'll enjoy this sweet, mystery western!!

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  7. I really like novels set in the Old West & the cover is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the review & chance to win a copy!
    Robin in NC rw620 at aol dot com

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    1. Howdy Robin! I so agree... That cover is absolutely striking, and it's a great old west novel to boot! :)

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  8. What fun this book would be to read!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. It's a great read Susan, and I hope you get to have the fun of reading it soon!! :)

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  9. NOELA love this review par'ner! You know I love a good western! :-)

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    1. Howdy pardner!! Yup, I surely do know you love a good western... and I know you make a great western character too, Teresina!! ;)

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  10. Beautiful cover! It looks like a beautiful story also! I love Westerns. Nancycooks4u [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com

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    1. It is such a sweet love story Nancy, and a superb western setting!! Yes, an awesome cover too! All the best!

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  11. NOELA!!! I just love the sound of this book!

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    1. Hey Anne!!! Sounds like you need to definitely read it then my friend!! :) Hugs!

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  12. Not sure my post went through so trying again. I love Maggie Brendan and have read all her books and regardless if I win this book, I will be reading it in the near future. Thank you.

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    1. Dear Anonymous... We need a name or email to go with your wonderful comment!!

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  13. Thank you for this beautiful, fun review of "The Trouble With Patience", Noela!! I love your reference to the fact that Patience writes devotionals, also like the series title: Virtues and Vices of the Old West. It sounds like this novel has some fun parts in addition to the history, mystery, and romance. I'm anxious to find out just what that "stranger" may have "up his sleeve"!!

    Shared post!!

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    1. It's a great all-round novel Bonnie... A bit of everything for everyone!! :) As for what's up his sleeve, you'll have to read it, huh? hehe.. ;)

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  14. Sounds like a winner! Love historicals! Thanks!
    Danajeweler at y mail dot com

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    1. A winning story for sure Dana!! Dana, we all love historical's here too! All the best!!

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  15. I love all of Maggie's books. I have them all and I'm always looking forward to her New books coming out. This story sounds amazing with a little of everything to keep you on your toes hehehe :-) Can't wait to read it. Blessings to all. kerenhlyles@Yahoo.com

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    1. Glad you came by Keren! And oh yes, this story will keep you on your toes... I thought I had it all figured out early on, but nope! Love it when that happens. :) God bless and all the best with your entry!

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  16. Ohhh, this sounds wonderful and eventful! I love when folks clash in a love story, a western one at that!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Yep Melody, gotta have some conflict to keep things interesting huh?! :) And pop it into a western and they'll have you AND me reading it! ;) Blessings!

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  17. Oh boy, now I HAVE to read this book, Noela!!! Thanks for this great review!!!

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    1. Haha thanks Carrie, I think you'll really enjoy it!! Hugs!!!

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  18. Would love to win!
    ~Charis Z.

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    1. You're in the draw Charis! All the best!

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  19. I enjoyed The Blue Willow Brides series by Maggie Brendan and would like to be entered in the drawing for this new series, book 1. I would like to be one blessed commenter! (I am re-entering comment ~ so if another appears earlier, it is a duplicate ~ not showing up when I "published.") Blessings to each of you on this Spring day! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. And... Happy Autumn to you, Noela! Kathleen

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    2. Aww thanks for thinking of me over here in Aus, Kathleen!! I just wish our Autumn would hurry up and start acting like Autumn and not Summer... It's so hot and muggy still!! Thanks for coming by to read about Maggie's book and entering, all the best with your entry! Blessings to you also!

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  20. Sounds like a wonderfully fun read!

    amyputney89 [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. It is Amy! Hope you get to read it soon, thanks for coming by!!

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  21. Pick me! I would love to win this Old West Romantic Christian novel. I have recommended your novels to The Liberty Coffee Shop in Gulfport.

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    1. That's great 'Wilson Household'! All the best!

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  22. Beautiful cover I love it and if I love the cover it's a for sure read for me.

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    1. I agree Gidget, covers do draw me in as well, and this one sure is beautiful! :)

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  23. Great review, Noela! Maggie, I pray your story will be blessed and highly favored! You do have a great cover, that dress is so blue! :) Blessings from Texas!

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    1. Thanks so much Caryl! Blessings from OWG and Australia!!

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    1. I feel that way about so many books also, Ann! :) Hope you get to read this one soon!

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  25. I love historical novels! I hope to win!

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    1. Me too! All the best Brenda, and thanks for coming by! :)

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  26. Neat review Noela Sounds like a great book Maggie
    God bless you both
    Chris

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    1. Thanks Chris and God bless you too!! Hope you get to enjoy it soon!

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  27. Been seeing this one in different blogs & on Facebook...from the reviews it sounds like a great book! Would love to have this for myself, thank you for the chance to win Noela! Beautiful cover too by the way, historical Christian fiction is my favorite genre. I love being taken back in times past and imagining myself right along side those folks :-)
    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. That's gotta be my favourite thing to do too, Trixi... Going back in time and living right along with these amazing characters! You're in with a chance, so all the best Trixi! :)

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  28. Noela thanks for another great review. I would love to have this book. I love that era, westerns, romance, and some historical. I know I will like it as much as I do that cover picture. And thats a lot. I have none of Maggie's books but seems she has more good ones. Wouldn't mind starting with this one. And, sending (((hugs))) to all of this great OWG girls of mine. They are precious to me. They make my life fuller. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  29. The Trouble with Patience sounds delightful. I think the sheriff has his hands full! Please include me, thanks.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  30. The trouble with Patience sounds like a book I would love to read. Congrats on the book. I hope it does well. This post makes me want to read the book even more. Thank you.

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  31. Thanks for the chance to win, sounds like a great read!
    rdewey17(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. Thanks for the chance to win, sounds like a great read!
    rdewey17(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. This sounds like a fun and adventurous western novel. Would enjoy reading.
    email...sydney.james68@gmail.com

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  34. Thanks for this contest !:)I just pushed your book because I thought it was outstanding! I hope i win so I can Share the book i already own with someone else a nd I can keep your book with with a autograph!:) Maggie, you are an outstanding author ! !I have read all your books and loved every book ! God Bless younabd your family!
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    Darlene Lindstrom
    Luvnheal@gmal.com

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  35. I pushed your book Maggie because I thought This book wàs outstanding! I have read each book you have ever written that has been published. I loved everyone !:)I hope to win a copy with an autograph and then I can keep that book and share the book I already own! God Bless you Maggie and your family !
    Love,
    Darlene Lindstrom
    Luvnheal@gmail.com

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  36. I love the dress in the cover! It makes me wish in a way to live in that era. That is, until I consider air conditioning, my car, and indoor plumbing!
    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I would love to win this great book. mommystuck1(at)optonline(dot)net

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