Cattle rustling, murder, suspicion, parental issues, love, ambition, an explosive situation that could blow the town apart.
In this book by Maggie Brendan it all collides.
What will be the end result???
Patience is the name of a young woman who is working hard to turn a dilapidated boarding house into a well run business. Through the help of strangers passing through and new found friendships, her life in the gold rush town on Nevada City blossoms.
Jed is the local sheriff with a vigilante past and a desire to do right by the town and it's people as he upholds the law.
These lead characters clash and then learn to work together. The supporting cast of players is equally intriguing with lessons about life to learn and a desire to be true community with each other.
In this book the theme of forgiveness and truthfulness shines through. Forgiveness of one's self for past deeds, forgiveness for hurtful things others have done, and ability to see the truth of one's own and others action truly are all about.
Love blooms in a variety of ways.
It was a good read overall, more of an historically based romance than a mystery, I enjoyed the author's note at the end which told what was true, what was not. I find it very interesting to learn what inspired different aspects of the books that people write. It was a curiousity to me learn that Vigilante groups were at one point sanctioned as a way to bring lawlessness under control. It was a shock to me that people sometimes survived hanging!
I would have no problem reading another book by Maggie Brendan. They are a simple fun read with historical accuracy and good detail. Her characters are well-rounded and not boring. :)
Received: Softcover book.
Reviewed for: Nuts about Books.
Author: Maggie Brendan
Series: Virtues and Vices of the Old West