I really enjoyed this historical romance novel set in the Old West of Arizona Territory in 1885. I think Melanie Ross, the heroine, is an example of a strong-willed woman, who is able to roll with the punches and come out on top. I love the way she meets each obstacle with zest and determination. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy stories of women who defy the odds and make their own way in times when that was very difficult to do.
I enjoyed this story and the fact that it included mystery and suspense was an added bonus. I like to look into past times and imagine what it must have been like for those living at the time. This story really helped to deliver on that point! The interaction between Caleb and Melanie kept me interested just to see who would win each round as they argued and struggled for control of the store. Both had strong opinions and felt they knew best of how to do business. When she finds a dead man on the back steps one morning things take a turn for the worse since they now have to deal with a sheriff who seems to think they could be hiding something. The journey they experience to discover the truth leads through a list of people that leaves you suspicious of everyone's motives. Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
Although this historical romance novel took a while to get going, it was thoroughly captivating for the second half, with a murder mystery to solve as well as a romance to develop. Melanie Ross inherits half a mercantile in the rugged frontier of Arizona, from her cousin George. Caleb Nelson inherits the other half from his Uncle Alvin. Only trouble is, they don't get on! They are fun to watch as animosity, competition, jealousy and suspicion turn to love, among a cast of sometimes strange, sometimes comical members of the Cedar Ridge Community. I would have liked to have seen a little more faith development in the main characters, but I still enjoyed reading this book, which I will recommend to others.
I'm an avid reader and I haven't read a lot of books that I couldn't finish, but Trouble in Store, by Carol Cox, was one of those rare exceptions. This was my first book that I got from NetGalley so it was a little difficult to read as an e-book advance copy since every "ff" was missing. After I caught onto that, I would just add it in in my head as I was reading. For some reason, this book just didn't hold my attention. The book is about Melanie Ross, who is a recently fired governess. She discovers she is heir to a mercantile in Arizona, but runs into problems when Caleb Nelson is certain that he inherited the mercantile. Caleb tries to get Melanie married off, but realizes that he doesn't want anyone but himself to have her. The short synopsis on the back sounded like it would be a good story, but I found it was quite the opposite. I tried reading it as an e-book and as a print book, but I still couldn't get through it. The plot was dry and too predictable and I just couldn't connect with the characters. In comparison to Carol Cox's other books, I found that this was much less interesting, although I didn't find her other books super intriguing either.
I was given this e-book for free from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.