Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan

Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan


All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for a loving husband and children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband’s ranch, until she places an ad for a hired hand.

Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms. As feelings grow between her and Robert, Grace will have to convince him that she is a woman who can be trusted with his heart.

Readers will be swept away into 1860s Montana’s lush Gallatin Valley, nestled among towering mountains and proud pines, in this emotional conclusion to the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series.


Wow! I this is definitely a book I will keep and read again! Grace Bidwell lost her husband much too soon and is left trying to take care of her sick father as well as their potato farm, but it gets to be too much for her. She places an ad for help, and it was there in Eli’s Mercantile that she meets Robert and his three children. All looking to be in need of clothes and food. With discouragement from the oldest child, Grace buys the children peppermint sticks after hearing their dad say they didn’t have money for the candy. This is when I fell in love with Grace Bidwell and her sweet caring heart.

Set in 1860’s Montana, Trusting Grace is truly what this sort is all about. As Robert works for Grace and her dad, and Grace spends time with him and the kids, the two begins to have feels for each other, and Grace had her work cut out for her as she strives to convince Robert they can be together. Graces Loves Roberts children and wants to be a mom to them. But Robert isn’t so sure.

I loved Grace’s character, with her sweet and caring personality, and the love she has taking care of her father. Robert had to go on me a bit, as he struggled through the issues he is facing. As Ms. Brendan weaves the together the lives of these characters, we can see the love, forgiveness and grace extended by God to all of them. I received this book from The Publisher Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.



Maggie Brendan is a CBA bestseller and the author of Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides. She won the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award OCC/RWA2013 and the Laurel Wreath Award for Inspirational romance. Maggie was also a 2013 Finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 and 2014 Finalist for The Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award and was a 2012 Finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Maggie is a member of Romance Writers of American, Faith Love and Hope, Georgia Romance Writers, and The Author’s Guild. Maggie loves all things western and enjoys doing reseach for her historical novels.

You can follow Maggie on her website and her blog, You can follow her on Twitter @MaggieBrendan.


Revell Presents The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan FEBUARY 28

‘The Trouble with Patience

by Maggie Brendan

The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan

“Maggie Brendan deftly captures the flavor of the Old West in a sweet love story filled with suspense and well-developed, interesting characters that will surely capture the hearts of readers.”–Kathleen Morgan, author of the Brides of Culdee Creek series

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 restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse in order to support herself.

Despite Patience’s desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: She needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse. He needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But as she gets to know this “hanging lawman,” Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye–and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.

With a keen eye for historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites you to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.

“Maggie Brendan has created a wealth of memorable characters in this heartwarming story. Romance, mystery, and an intriguing plot all add up to a winning combination that’s sure to delight readers.”–Margaret Brownley, bestselling author of Gunpowder Tea and Petticoat Detective

“Brendan is a master at tender love stories that tug at your heart while touching the soul, providing rich historical detail and tension that races the pulse.”–Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. To learn more, visit


Maggie Brendan makes Historical Fiction fun to read! I have read all of her books, and they just keep getting better and better! And this one I loved, Loved, so much that I couldn’t put it down. Patience Cavanaugh had a mind of her own, and she was determined not to let anyone get in her way. And she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind when it was needed, especially to the towns marshal, Jedediah Jones. And Jedidiah certainly wasn’t going to let a women tell him what to do!

These two characters were hilarious! It was so much fun to watch them interact with each other, not that they wanted to do so that much. Jedediah had a job of protecting the town, and finding the bad guys that were stealing cattle, as Patience had the job of keeping money coming in by running the run-down boarding house left to her by an aunt. But as the story goes, and the twists and turns continued to take place that neither could help, their paths kept crossing. I felt like I was part of this little community as I read this book. I really wanted to stay in the boarding house because Patience made it so inviting. And the people we so sweet and homey, well except for a few surprises along the way! If you enjoy historical fiction, this book is a must! You will not be disappointed!

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Perfectly Matched… Maggie Brendan

Perfectly Matched…..

by: Maggie Brendan


His life runs like clockwork. Hers is a spontaneous adventure.
But God’s timing is always perfect.

Anna Olsen knows it’s time to leave her sister’s increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following both sisters’ examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife.

Almost immediately it’s painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily.

Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount?








I absolutely loved this book! Anna Olsen moves out of her sisters house and moves to Denver to become a mail-order bride. Anna and her new husband Edward was as different as day and night. Edward was annoying with his ‘perfect’ living. He has a list for everything, and he ‘surprised’ his new wife with a list of her expectations of keeping the house clean, cooking and so forth, and even having specific times for everything. And Anna was more of a free spirit, she did things on an impulse, cleaning and keeping such a clean house wasn’t really her top priority. These two had a lot of learn if they were gonna make it as husband and wife.


Following these two characters was a trip! The characters were awesome, and I loved the interaction between them. Anna was so feisty and outgoing that and even though she tried very hard to do everything Edward wanted her to do, she kept running into trouble. This book will make you laugh, and cry and you thank this journey with Edward and Anna as they work out their very different differences. If you are looking for a good light read that is fun, funny and full thoroughly enjoyable, you will love Perfectly Matched my Maggie Brendan. You will be pleasantly entertained for several hours.


I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


13030ABOUT THE AUTHOR   “Once again, Maggie Brendan has created a refreshing read with a powerful heroine and a hero to match. Readers will especially love the devotion given to animals in this charming historical romance.”–Kelly Long, bestselling author of A Patch of Heaven series

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of several books, including the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series. She was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader’s Choice award, and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the ACFW; Author’s Guild; Romance Writers of America; Faith, Hope, and Love; and Georgia Romance Writers. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, researching for her novels, and spending time with her family. You can follow her at her website, her blog, and on Facebook and Twitter @MaggieBrendan

Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan

Twice Promised 

by Maggie Brendan

Book Blurb

Two beautiful brides. One unsuspecting groom. Three weeks to figure it all out.

Greta Olsen arrives in Central City, Colorado, as a mail-order bride, expecting to marry Jess Gifford, the man she’s come to know through his tender letters. But when she meets Cora Johnson, she discovers she’s not the only bride waiting at the train station for Jess.

Already shocked to find they must compete for Jess’s affection, the young women can hardly believe it when not Jess but his brother Zach picks them up from the station–and reveals that Jess knows nothing about any mail-order bride, let alone two. Will either bride make the match she hopes for?

Filled with surprises, misunderstandings, and tender romance, Twice Promised is the story of how two unlikely women become twice blessed.


Twice Promised is another great love story by Maggie Brendan . . . with fast-paced plot twists as the characters find their way to true love.”–Mary Connealy, author of Over the EdgeIn Too Deep, andOut of Control

“Memorable characters and solid storytelling abound in Maggie Brendan’s delightful tale. The two romances will double your reading pleasure, and the twists and turns will keep you guessing until the end. I loved it!”–Margaret Brownley, New York Times bestselling author of the Brides of Last Chance Ranch series


Jess Gifford got the shock of his life when two women shows up at his store to work, and both expecting to marry him, thanks to Jess’s brother Zach. Just imagine what Jess had to say to brother when he finds out that Zach actually wrote to not one, but two mail order bride ads, saying he was Jess, and inviting them there for marriage, to Jess. Things got very interesting at the mercantile, and especially when the ladies decided to rearrange the store around to suite them.

I enjoy reading stories about mail order brides, and this one was especially interesting and amazing because it was a double take. This is such a wonderful heartwarming read. I love the down to earth characters that lived in the nice little homey neighborhood. And even though the two brides to be were totally opposites, I enjoyed getting to know them, and what they brought to the story. And Jess was hilarious, that is the only way to describe him.

I have to say that this is one of the most enjoyable, pleasant and fun reads I have ever read. There was definitely enough action going on to keep me reading until the end. I highly recommend book to just about anyone. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love this one!

“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from Revell Publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own.


Maggie Brendan is the author of the Heart of the West series and Deeply Devoted, which was a 2012 ICRA Award finalist. A member of the Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, and Georgia Romance Writers, Maggie lives in Georgia. Visit her at

Revell Book Tour….Deeply Devoted by:Maggie Brendan

Revell Book Tour….Deeply Devoted by:Maggie Brendan

Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3462-6
ISBN-10: 0-8007-3462-9
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of pages: 336
Carton Quantity: 36
Publication Date: Sep. 11
Formats: Paperback

Book Blurb

She is staking her future on a man she’s never met. Can she learn to love him?

When Catharine Olsen leaves Holland for Wyoming as a mail-order bride, she brings some extra baggage with her: two sisters, her mother’s set of Blue Willow china, and a tragic past. As she steps off the train, Peter Andersen is glad to see that she is everything her letters showed her to be. But he is a bit perturbed by her unexpected companions. How will he support them all? And what other secrets might Catharine be keeping from him?

Filled with sweet romance and vivid characters, Deeply Devoted highlights a clash of cultures as a highborn European and a simple wheat farmer learn to love one another and trust God with the past–and the future.

My Thoughts

Well, I love books about mail order brides, and this one was awesome, one of the best I’ve read! I was so touched by Peter’s acceptance of Catharine’s sisters and his attitude toward Catharine. And well, Peter was just a romantic sweetheart swooning his new wife and trying to please her in every way. And I am so glad he didn’t let his mom ruin his life. Along with the characters of Peter and Catharine, I enjoyed the sisters as well as the other characters in this story. The author truly has a way of creating characters that capture your attention early in the story.

In Deeply Devoted, Maggie Brendan creates a wonderful romantic story of love, devotion and forgiveness, creating unique and remarkable characters that are so real and believable. And what a wonderful Wyoming town to live in with its kind and friendly people willing to help out when their neighbors are in need. And the author describes the area with its dryness, wind and hardly no rain, especially for a wheat farmer in such detail the reader is drawn into the setting as much as the story. I wanted to take a trip to Wyoming while I was reading this book!

If you like historical fiction this is a must read for you. Grab a copy of this book with a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and enjoy the journey of the wheat farmer and the mail order bride. You will not be disappointed! Now just waiting on the second book!

“Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55


About the Author

Maggie’s Bio ~
Maggie Brendan is a member of the American Christian Writers (ACW), American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). She was a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta, GA.
Maggie can be found on her blog, and is a resident blogger on  Her book, No Place For a Lady, the first in the Heart of the West series received a 4.5 star review from Romantic Times. The Jewel of His Heart, book two, received a 4 star review from Romantic Times. A Love of Her Own will release was released June 1st. She has begun writing another historical series called The Blue Willow Brides. Maggie was quoted in, Word Weavers, The Successful Writer’s Critique Groups. She led a writer’s critique group for six years.
A TV film version of No Place for a Lady is currently in development for possible movie production. She recently spoke at a Regional Church Bookstores and Libraries conference in Marietta about The Value of Christian Fiction. She has participated in three of LifeWay Christian Store’s Annual Fiction Event Day. She recently had a book signing at the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando on June 2010.
Maggie is married with two grown children and four grandchildren.  She has a love for the West and all things western. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, singing, painting, scrapbooking and being with her family. She lives in Marietta, GA.
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