Patience has inherited a dilapidated boarding house that she is determined to rehabilitate and reopen. Her mother is not all that happy about Patience getting the boarding house, and that Patience is doing well on her own.
Maggie Brendan is known for her western romances and has done a great job with this one.
Patience, the new proprietor of the Creekside Inn boarding house, is a curvy woman with strong beliefs that she's not afraid to voice when the need arises.
Jed is the sheriff who is charged with keeping the peace in town. He has a past that he's not really all that sure he wants bandied about.
Joe is the town drunk who has an eye on the town baker, Hannah. Hannah won't have anything to do with him until he cleans up his act.
Emily is the waitress in the diner who becomes Patience's partner in the boarding house.
John and Judith are the owners of the largest ranch in the area. John is killed in the book and Jed has to find who killed him.
Cody is a boarder who has an eye on Patience and likes helping her out.
Monty is the ranch foreman and Emily's boyfriend.
Charity is Patience's mother who tries Patience's patience (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist).
With this many characters roaming around in the book, it would seem to be hard to keep them all straight and add any depth to them, but Maggie accomplishes this with seeming ease. The plot keeps up a steady pace and keeps the reader involved. There are sweet moments, funny moments, suspenseful moments, and satisfying moments. My only wish is that Maggie had included Patience's recipe for biscuits. I'm still trying to master them.
Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a buttered biscuit fresh from the oven.
My thanks to Revell for allowing me to read and review this book.