Amelia Wagner looked forward to spending the summer working with her father on his newspaper in Granite Springs, Arizona. Her mood soon changes when she finds her dad is critically ill. His death bed wish is for her to seek the truth about Great Western Investment Company.
Benjamin Stone doubts the honesty of his employer and decides too join with Amelia to investigate the goings on at Great Western Investment Company.
They we very cautious of each other in the beginning only to realize there is something special between them.
The author has a real page turner in this story. My emotions were very confused at times trying to figure out who could be trusted . There was plenty of action, intrigue, mystery and romance to keep me turning pages. The mistrust of family members and friends was chilling. In this story the author has put all control in God's hands as the characters struggle with trust in finding the truth.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for an honest review.
Truth Be Told has fantastic historical detail, the researched setting a perfect backdrop for the complex plot. This description of setting and events, however, takes precedence over development of the characters and their personalities. Relationships are formed quickly and in a somewhat disconnected manner. Yet the storyline is interesting and has just enough suspense to keep the readers attention until the end of the novel. Although some parts may be predictable, the ending has some surprises that are enjoyable. This book is recommended for those who like historical fiction with a bit of romance sprinkled throughout the plot.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I loved Truth Be Told! Author Carol Cox has once again crafted a story filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance. Set in 1893 in the small town of Granite Springs, AZ, we meet Amelia Wagner when she comes to town to visit her father. Within a short time, her father passes away, and she inherits the Granite Springs Gazette, becoming the owner and editor of the small town's newspaper. Her first order of business is to find out what's going on behind the scenes at The Great Western Investment Company. Notes, files, and printed articles left behind by her father, the only clues that something is amiss within the land company. And while checking into the clues, Amelia must keep her eye on the handsome Ben Stone, an employee of Great Western who keeps trying to get into her good graces, hoping that she'll print a retraction for the articles that her father had written about the company. But when Ben keeps hanging around, Amelia decides to ask for his help and the two of them join forces to find out what's really going on. And the effort could prove deadly for both of them.
I totally enjoyed this book. I loved the sweet, growing romance between Amelia and Ben. Also, the way Carol added in the touch of mystery that she does so well in each of her stories. And the Gospel was expertly threaded through the storyline. Well done, Carol!
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.)
It's 1893, and Amelia Wagner has returned to Granite Springs, Arizona Territory, to spend the summer with her father, editor of the local newspaper. However, he is dying, and leaves her in charge of the newspaperâ€”and of investigating the Great Western Investment Company, who are buying up all the land around town for mining.
Ben Stone is employed by Great Western to research and negotiate possible land acquisitions. His boss encourages him to befriend Amelia in the hopes that she will print a retraction of her father's stories maligning the company. He's pleased to be spending time with Amelia, but finds she's not easy to persuade, especially when her oily stepfather arrives in town (yes, her mother remarried only days after the death of her father).
I didn't enjoy Truth be Told as much as I enjoyed the last Carol Cox novel I read (Trouble in Story), as I found it a bit slow to get going, and the initial interactions between Amelia and Ben didn't have the same level of charm. This was partly because they were on opposing sides of an argument, and partly because they simply didn't spend enough time together. It's difficult to believe the progression of a romantic relationship when they're never together!
However, it took off after the halfway point, and the second half was an excellent mix of romance and suspense as the two seek to find the truth behind Great Western. Truth be Told is Christian romance, but the faith aspects are understated and not at all preachy. Overall, Truth be Told was an enjoyable enough read, but not one I'd keep and reread.
Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Amelia is the heroine in Carol Cox's "Truth Be Told." It is the 1890's in Arizona and Amelia's parents are separated. Though an adult, she spends most of the year with her socialite mother in Denver and the summers in Arizona with her father. When she arrives that summer, she finds her father deathly ill and having a battle of words with Great Western, a hydraulic mining company, that has moved into the area. Shortly after Amelia arrives, her father dies and the battle of words turns physical. With her mother immediately remarrying and her step father being a bit handsy, Amelia decides to stay and finish where her father left off. Ben works for Great Western and has been assigned to spy/befriend Amelia. The two together begin to discover what the truth is. And it isn't anywhere near what they suspected!
This is a nice light hearted historical fiction. It is an easy read. Good for when there is a lot going on. I do like how even though it is historical, it isn't over the top innocent as some historical Christian fiction can be. Amelia is tough and smart. Savy if you will. Nice read. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishing.