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.
I was pleasantly surprised by "Truth Be Told" by Carol Cox. It is a romance but contains no smut. In fact the only intimacy is a barely there kiss on the last page. (If you're looking for â€˜heat', keep looking). "Truth Be Told" is about a woman who inherits a newspaper business from her father and tries to investigate the misdeeds of the evil mining company.
Romance novels are rarely believable so why should this one be? Having said that, fortunately, it was missing the lame woman-hates-man-until-he-kisses-her routine. If nothing else is said, that alone redeems this novel.
I enjoyed the relationship between the main female character and her sole employee - a protective old friend of her father. It was well written and endearing. Everyone needs a protective old uncle figure in their life. The bad guys came across as creepy without there having to be anything graphic as well - another bonus.
Of course lone rangers rarely take down large mining tycoons and heroes don't really ride in and save the day just in the nick of time but so what? This is a romance novel and it's exactly what romance readers are looking for.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of the book. This is the first book I've read by this author and I must say I enjoyed it. Although, I was a little shocked at the beginning to read about Amelia's father's death as most authors decide to not show a death like that in their books but rather talk about it after it as happening in the past. I found that it worked, however, in this book. Amelia is a likeable character with her drive for the truth even if she won't like what she finds out. Amelia found out about Ben being asked to spend time with her by his boss earlier than I had expected which made me question that much more what was going to happen. It contained elements that I like in the majority of the books I read; a little bit of suspense with some romance mixed in, likeable characters, and it raised questions that I wanted answers to which made me keep reading. I recommend this book for those who like historical fiction that contain romance and suspense with a Christian perspective.
One of my requirements for good historical fiction is that I learn something about the time represented and the events taking place. This novel does exactly that.
The era is 1893 in a town near Prescott, Arizona. Amelia Wagner comes to visit her father for the summer, finds him ill, and then takes over his weekly newspaper when he dies. Her father was a stickler for printing the truth and she is determined to follow in his footsteps.
Her father had printed a few critical articles about a new mining company in the area. Amelia sets out to continue her father's investigative reporting. The owner of the company tries to thwart Amelia's efforts by assigning the handsome Ben Stone to the task of getting to know Amelia, convincing her of the upstanding nature of the company, and encouraging her to print a retraction.
The plans are thwarted when Ben begins to have affectionate feelings for Amelia and she for him. Amelia's life is threatened when she refuses to back down from reporting the truth. Will Amelia uncover evidence of the mining company's illegal actions before it is too late?
I was surprised that people in the 1890s would be concerned about damaging land through hydraulic mining. Cox mentions the Cominetti act which reintroduced such a practice. Apparently such an act did, in fact, happen. So that aspect of the novel is based on historical fact. I do wish Cox had included an historical note to let readers know that.
This is definitely a character driven novel. There are long passages of the characters thinking that I felt slowed down the novel. I found Amelia to be a mix of character qualities. She is strong in her determination to continue her father's work. She apparently has migraines which, on occasion, cause her to make irresponsible decisions. She has a temper and it gets her into a deadly situation. She came across as a strong heroine yet with at least one glaring defect in character.
I appreciated the theme of telling the truth. Amelia was determined to find the truth and report on it. Ben comes to the place of making a decision about the truth. His strong faith propels him to make the right decision.
I did like the novel and I do recommend it.
I received a complimentary egalley of this novel from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
After tragically losing her father, Amelia Wagner stays on in the small town of Granite Springs to run his beloved paper.
It's 1893 and Amelia is expected, by her mother, to sell the press/newspaper and return to Denver, leaving the Arizona lifestyle behind her. But Amelia is not one to cowtail to peer pressure and the fact her mother wants the young woman to get married is also a good point not to move back. Instead she is determined to use her experience of working with her father, her journalistic skills and the aide of her father's good friend Homer to run the paper.
Perhaps in particular she would rather avoid being with her mother and her new husband. One Thaddeus Graystone - an utterly and disagreeable man.
Before he died, her father had written several articles about the Great Western Investment Company. The owner, one Owen Merrick, demands a retraction as he believes the articles put the GWIC in a bad light. Amelia reads the articles and knowing her father's ethos of only writing the truth, refuses. But her curiosity is wakened and she begins her own investigations. However, Benjamin Stone, employee of GWIC, is assigned a special task of befriending Miss. Wagner in the hopes that she will print a retraction.
As the friendship grows they bother uncover, not only their attraction for each other, but that there is something that Owen Merrick doesn't want revealed. Information that will have serious implications for Granite Springs. Can Amelia and Benjamin bring to light the truth without any harm coming to them? And how can she avoid seeing the lecherous Thaddeus who may be involved? But more importantly will this story cause the two young people to stray from God's intention.
Cox's love of history resonates loudly throughout the novel. Her brave, vibrant lead, Amelia, is a breath of fresh air in the small Arizona town. But she doesn't have airs or graces, the townsfolk like and respect her and firmly believe she will continue her father's good work. The romance is subtle and never detracts from the main storyline - finding out the truth.
With a gently, easy style of writing and imagery, the book is an easy read. The plot is absorbing and the references to the printing press fascinating. Overall a great book that gives some insight into how difficult it would have been for a woman standing up for what she believes in. A recommended read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.