Patience Cavanaugh has moved to Montana to run the boardinghouse left to her by her late grandmother, as well as get away from the demands of her mother. She also mourns the loss of a suitor, one whom she is convinced was wrongly accused of a crime and hanged by a law-abiding vigilante. As she struggles to carve out a new life in the Wild West, she meets the town marshal, Jedediah Jones. Jedediah has a few secrets of his own from his past and he simply wishes to keep the town as peaceful as possible. But the new boardinghouse owner intrigues him with her quiet and determined ways and he decides to get to know her better. However, the pasts of both Jedediah and Patience soon clash in a way they never expected, perhaps jeopardizing their tenuous relationship forever.
While the premise for this novel is certainly interesting and some of the characters are endearing, this book requires much more substance to make it anything more than a somewhat tacky light read. Not every part of the plot is predictable, which is refreshing, but the everyday occurrences of the characters lack detail, not allowing me to fully identify with or connect with the characters at all. It stumbles along in a choppy fashion, one chapter not really transitioning smoothly with the next; in addition, there is significant disconnect between the characters’ thoughts and the dialogue, making the story somewhat irritating at times. Many of plot points work out in a completely unrealistically perfect manner, several of the events so entirely coincidental that it makes it difficult to read. Any conflict between characters is resolved in a single page, further adding to the complete unrealism. Overall, however, it is true that the romance is pure (albeit more than a little nauseatingly too perfect) and despite Patience’s preachy attitude, the book is an easy read with excellent spiritual principles and is not altogether unpleasant.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.