Since I was a child, I have a had a deep love for mysteries. I grew up devouring series like Mandie, The Lily Adventures, and eventually, The Hardy Boys.
I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review a mystery novel by Carol Cox, Truth Be Told. Set in Arizona in the late 1800s, Truth Be Told is filled with mystery, murder, and a little bit of romance.
When Amelia Wagner inherits her fathers newspaper, she is determined to honor his legacy of reporting the truth. But what is the truth? Why are people disappearing? And is her new friend, Ben Stone, involved? Can Amelia solve the mystery before more people are hurt?
Filled with references to God, Scripture, and the call of Christians to ever be mindful of John 8:32, I appreciated the author pointing out that while all Christians are called serve God, that doesnt mean we are all called to be pastors or missionaries. We can serve God wherever we are, doing all for His Glory (1 Corinthians 10:31).
I did, however, feel that the author did not appropriately handle the recurring theme of alcohol consumption. While rightfully condemning drunkenness, Truth Be Told went further, seemingly embracing the viewpoint of the Temperance movement, which contrary to Scripture, condemned all consumption of alcohol.
Overall, Truth Be Told was an intriguing mystery, one which I am sure lovers of mystery will enjoy. I look forward to reading more of Coxs mysteries in the future. I would give Truth Be Told a B.
You can find out more about Carol Cox and her other books here.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of the book free from the publisher through Baker Publishing Group. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 .
I really liked this story. The characters were great and you really fell in love with them. It was interesting to see how an old time newspaper was run. It was neat to hear how reporters went out and dug up news rather than waiting for people to bring it to them like they seem to do now. I received this book from Bethany house for a fair and honest opinion.
History, Romance and Mystery all rolled into one great story
August 31, 2014
5 stars ***** out of 5
Escape with Carol Cox to Arizona Territory, 1963, to life in busy Granite Springs. I love Arizona, spending months there every winter, and I know the books I read about the region will enrich my view of the area. Carol weaves a story so rich in history, vivid imagery and realistic characters, I forgot that though based on fact, this was fiction. Carol tells the story through the unique position of a young woman trying to fill her editor-father's large shoes in a community she has only visited the last number of years. The twists and turns led all over the area, and had me guessing and turning pages until the end. I wonder, how well do we know those near and dear to us? Well enough to trust that what we do know about them is true, or when we hear something do we second guess what we know? This is another great novel by Carol.
I received this book free from Bethany House and Emily Davies-Robinson through their Nuts About Books program in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
As I have said before, historical romance is not my favorite genre, so please understand if I do not give a superior rating to this book. To those who love this type of book, I apologize, as it is very well written and the author obviously is creative and talented.
Amelia Wagner, the main character, finds herself taking over her father's newspaper in 1893, in Granite Springs, Arizona. She vows to carry on his practice of reporting ONLY the truth. However, Amelia soon discovers that even the truth can produce dire consequences. Her father's revealing articles concerning the important Great Western Investment Company have caught the attention of the wrong people. The pressure begins to mount encouraging Amelia to retract her father's statements.
As a very determined individual, Amelia sets out to find out the real story through investigation, however dangerous it may be! Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee, appears on the scene. He has been given the task of keeping tabs on her for the good of the company. Amelia finds him to be both perplexing and intriguing.
Discoveries stun them both! There are implications for not only Ben and Amelia, but all of Granite Springs. Can they reveal the truth before the enemy silences them forever???
Having never read Carol Cook's books before , this was a new author to me. She did a fine job describing the characters. They were realistic and their day to day problems were totally believable. I was unable to find a strong connection with any of them, however and tend to need to be able to identify with at least one of them to keep me interested in the book. This is only my opinion. I am sure that others would disagree, as Carol is a talented writer.
I found the plot to be rather slow moving, although interesting. From a mystery standpoint, it is very predictable. There are very few surprises for the reader. It reminded me of a western TV show, where the good guys fight for the truth. I would have enjoyed a surprise or shocking ending!
That being said, if you enjoy books with a bit of mystery and romance, this book would make a nice light summer read.
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Today I have a book from an author new to me! I've been wanting to catch a book from author Carol Cox for a while now after I was intrigued by the title and subject of her last work so I was eager to snap up a copy of "Truth Be Told" when it appeared!
The story revolves around Amelia Wagner. Amelia is more then ready for a change of pace when, fresh off the train from Denver and the fast paced high life it offers, she sets foot back in her father's newspaper office in Granite Springs, Arizona. She expects to spend a pleasant summer catching up with her father and once again being in her true home but best laid plans are often thwarted and Amelia finds herself saying goodbye to her dying father and trying to fill the large shoes he's left behind in his beloved profession.
Amelia finds in the wake of her father's death that the paper in is a delicate position due to his inability to pound the pavement in the months during his decline and she will be the doing or undoing of all of her father's years of hard work. She also is puzzled by the biggest story in her father's bulls eye- an expose on a local mining company that never fully came to light. As Amelia beings to track down the full story she finds help in the most unlikely of sources- an employee of the very mining company that her father railed against publicly before his death. Soon Amelia and Ben find themselves in deeper than they ever expected with a story that may be the undoing of both of them!
There was a few quirks with the book that I noticed and wanted to point out. One of them was that Amelia is a really good girl. I mean really, aside from being rather innocent and over trusting she practically has no flaws. Every time she reacts to something in a normal human way (anger, disappointment, confusion, etc.) she, in the very next moment corrects herself and immediately thinks Biblically about the situation in question, always seeing the situation for what it must be and not what it actually appears at the moment. I don't know about you but I just have a hard time liking someone who is always good, who can always change on the drop of a dime and be...perfect. It makes me wonder- 'can a character be too good?'
Another thing was that the mining described as taking place sounds a awfully like today's fracking. It is a pet peeve of mine to see people dragging modern issues into the past for soap box purposes and although Cox never carries through with fully disclosing the ins and outs of the mining operation she has enough of a soap box to make sure that the characters fully disapprove of what is being done in their community. It just isn't appropriate for this setting without providing some explanation in an author's note.
This book was in all honesty a quick read, the storyline was pretty basic and I'm sad to say predictable. There was nothing terribly exciting in the plot for me- but the thing is that there was nothing particularly wrong with the plot either... As I continued to read and analyze this and try to make sense of it I came to the realization that this is a book that I would have really enjoyed- when I was 14 or 15 years old... And this is the fact that frustrates me. For me it just doesn't deliver on the 'grown up' fiction I was expecting to read. I want characters to be flawed, I need situations to be real, and I think that putting things right doesn't come at the wave of a magic wand. For me this story had more relationship fantasy than realistic fiction.
If you like your fiction on the light side and don't want to think too much about logic and loopholes then this book is for you, but next time I think I'll be skipping the sugary fluff and finding something a little more my speed.
Final Rating: 3
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and opinion of the product.