"The Trouble with Patience" by Maggie Brendan is a good example of well-written historical fiction. Set in a Montana Gold Rush boom town, the story is filled with lots of good thematic elements you'd expect to find in such a setting. Cowboys, cattle rustlers, romance, and angst combine to create a story you can't stop reading.
Patience was gifted a bed and breakfast in her Grandmother's will and since her plans for her future seemed to be crumbling, she decided she to make a change in her life and renovate the dilapidated structure on her own. Although she desired solitude and didn't have any friends to speak of, she quickly finds herself with some suitors in town who vie for her attention. There's a twist though, in that both men have secret things in their pasts that could threaten any hope of a long term relationship with Patience.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction in a western gold rush setting with suspense and romance. It's an enjoyable book and will allow you to travel back to this fascinating era.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review.