Friday, March 20, 2015

Christian Historical Fiction Review: The Trouble With Patience by Maggie Brendan

Maggie Brendan provides a predictable story with endearing characters in "The Trouble with Patience." The plot is one you can find in many n old-west romance novel, following a murder and stolen cattle, and it does not really start until halfway through the book. Brendan tells the story from multiple points of view, which do not always serve the story. One supporting character has great potential for deeper development, but only takes the lead in the point of view a few times. Other than that, the characters are fully, and slowly developed. Patience starts out on a rough not with lawman Jedediah, but quickly develops humility and before long falls in love with the man, although there are other men in her life who are friendly enough. The first half of the book is spent solely on character development, which not all readers will enjoy. But Brendan's writing style is enjoyable, and her characters are relatable. Jedediah has a guilty past, while Patience deals with a strain family relationship. It's nothing new, but it's enjoyable.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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