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 the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the “hanging lawman”–and finds both betrayal and love.
I’m of the opinion that Christian historical romance can and should accurately represent the life of people in the 19th century, rather than preach and throw Bible quotes in your face. After all, people in the past tended to allow religion to dictate their lives and their behaviours more than we do today.
These books can be reflections of an era, rather than preachy – especially to people who don’t hold the same views.
Revell publishes books along these lines, which I appreciate, as I have no desire to be converted. I think that for the most part their books are about the story, not the faith.
So I was a little bit annoyed with reviewers who wanted The Trouble with Patience to throw scripture in their face, and were disappointed when it didn’t!
I like mid-1800s settings, and the colonial US setting makes for a nice change for me. I DO find it hypocritical that these books run a mile in the opposite direction from physical relationships but pretty much glorify gun violence, however!
I think this was a solid story. I think it could have moved faster in some parts, but apart from my issue with the guns, I thought it found a good balance with the religious aspect and the lifestyles of the people of the era.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.