Sometimes looking for the truth can be dangerous. This book had romance, danger, and mystery. I loved the way the characters kept digging for the truth even though they didn't always like where it was leading. I would recommend this book.
I won a copy of this book in an online giveaway and was asked to give a review.
Truth Be Told keeps you on your toes, trying to keep up as it twists and turns and ... well it feels a bit like an old time roller coaster ride at your favourite country fair. It's a great little western story from a different angle than usual, and it's a sweet, clean romance that doesn't take overwhelm the rest of the story, which is appreciated on both counts.
Amelia Wagner arrives in Granite Springs, Arizona in 1893 to spend the summer with her father. She lives in the big city with her mother, who has been estranged from her husband for the last 10 years, but she always comes back to stay for the summer. She gets the feeling that he's not feeling well from his letters but he's not one to complain, and it turns out she's right. She decides to take over running the newspaper, at least for a while and that's when she stumbles onto the fact that her father has been investigating the Great Western Investment Company. At first glance, it seems to be on the up and up, and maybe it's a personal vendetta that's got him writing about the company but she has trouble believing that's the case.
Benjamin Stone is a new employee with the Great Western Investment Company. He has a lot to prove and he wants to go places in his career so he'll do anything to prove his loyalty to him employer ... as long as he believes the company is on the up and up. What will he do when he discovers evidence to the contrary? Or will he be able to prove that Amelia's vendetta against the company was for personal reasons and have them print a retraction? Better read it to find out!
I received this book from Bethany House and Graf-Martin for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.
I'm all wrung out after finishing Truth Be Told. Sure, the whole racing heart thing has ebbed, but my tummy is still in knots and there's the slightest trembling still left in my hands. Phew! Seriously, at one point, page 297 to be precise I screeched "You stupid girl!" so loud that I set the neighbour's dog to barking (and I was inside the house!) Some might say I take my reading too seriously, but I say the blame can be laid at the author's feet. If she hadn't written such a riveting book, I wouldn't be the babbling mess I am right now.
See I have a thing for dastardly villains. I can't stand them. I get all worked up over them. Especially the snide, sly, sneaky, snakey kind. There are several of those in this book and they near drove me to despair! I wanted to read really, really fast so I could glory in their comeuppance, but no matter how fast I read I had to get through those gnarly bits to get to the end. Honestly I feel like I've run a marathon. I need chocolate. :-)
Can you tell I loved this book? Great characters -- Amelia is a heroine after my own heart. A bit brash, a whole lot stubborn, easy to blindside, quick to retaliate. A dynamo in calico. Of course Ben's smitten, how could he not be? But they are on opposite sides of a volatile situation and that's problematic. Of course that doesn't stop the chemistry from sparking and the romance igniting. But oy, it's complicated and apt to wear on a sensitive reader's nerves.
Awesome, awesome, awesome book!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
A woman determined to run her father's newspaper, The Granite Springs Gazette.
A man determined to help her, who is troubled with alcoholism.
A man destined to come into her life and make it far richer.
Truth be Told is a slow-paced historical set in Arizona, with some good South Western details.
The story revolves around Amelia, her newspaper, and a railroad company that is up to some shady deals.
The atmosphere of a struggling newspaper with one troubled employee, trying to find stories and keep the business afloat, is brought to life here.
If you're looking for a story with a woman who dares to dream and a man who comes alongside her and joins the dream, Truth be Told is a fine choice. If you also like a little 1800's progress in your stories, with trains and towns and lots of trouble moving West, then let the Truth be Told.
This book was great! I love novels with a Western theme and Truth Be Told definitely gave me a nice taste of it. I liked how Amelia was determined, even though it was not popular, to share the truth with people; no matter the cost. Truth Be Told was slightly funny, adventurous, and a book I totally enjoyed.