Book Summary: Wild West Romance and Mystery. When Amelia Wagner takes over the running of her father's newspaper in Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper's commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have consequences. Her father's revealing articles about Great Western Investment. Company's business methods have caught the notice of the wrong person, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father's statements. Determined to find the truth, Amelia goes through her father's notes and begins to interview members of the community. She can't seem to shake Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who's been assigned to keep tabs on her for the good of the company. The more Ben and Amelia learn, the more Amelia's father's claims appear to be accurate. In fact, it's probably worse than he realized. Even Ben is beginning to wonder if he's become a pawn in the workings of a corrupt empire. But Great Western isn't about to stand for a female reporter and one of their own men bringing down their lucrative schemes. Working against time, and never knowing what danger lurks around the next corner, Ben and Amelia set out to reveal all they've discovered before Great Western silences them for good.
Review: This is the first, but not last book by Carol Cox that I have read. I enjoyed getting to know Amelia and Ben. The sadness of Amelia loosing her father at the start was hard, but realistic. The Great Western thing was realistic for the most part, although Owen Merrick, in my opinion, could have been a little more slick. Since he had someone do all his dirty work it would have been more realistic. Clara, Martin, Jimmy, and Homer were good secondary characters that helped move the story along. The mystery was not so mysterious and that was disappointing. Overall I liked the writing style. Ms. Cox did well painting a picture of the town and the surrounding areas. The newspaper aspect was a great hook to draw me into the story. The newspaper office was realistic and interesting to think of all that went into printing a newspaper.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Carol Cox in her new book "Truth Be Told" published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the life of Amelia Wagner.
From the back cover: Sometimes the truth can be dangerous_
When Amelia Wagner takes over her father's newspaper in 1893 Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper's commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have serious consequences. Her father's revealing articles about the Great Western Investment Company have caught the attention of the wrong people, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father's statements.
Determined to find out the real story, Amelia begins her own investigation. She's joined by Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who's been assigned to keep tabs on her for the good of the company, a man Amelia finds both perplexing and intriguing.
What they uncover stuns them both-and has far-reaching implications for not only Ben and Amelia but all of Granite Springs. Can they reveal the truth before the enemy finds a way to silence them for good?
Corporate corruption, greed, deceit and skillful manipulation are just some of the ingredients in "Truth Be Told". Ms. Cox always delivers a high energy story and she is just a terrific author I look forward to each and every book of hers. A small town newspaper takes on the Great Western Investment Company. If the great Jimmy Stewart had been a woman then he would be playing Amelia. This is the kind of story that Hollywood used to turn out when they actually made good movies. Be nice if they made this into a movie with great actors. Murder, mystery, intrigue, peril in a page turning adventure. The small town of Granite Springs, Arizona and the people who live there become real and are brought to life by a gifted storyteller. On top of everything Ms. Cox has also given us a romance. I really liked "Truth Be Told" and I look forward to more stories from the very talented Ms. Cox.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Amelia Wagner. She is smart, witty, strong, and a woman who could, and did, run a newspaper during the settling of the west. Although this book is categorized as Historical Fiction, it could also be listed as suspense and mystery, with a touch of romance.
I found the subplots of this novel as intriguing as the plot. Amelia is disappointed as she learns that her father was co-owner of the local brothel.....or was he? I was also interested in Amelia's relationship with her step-father, as divorce was rare during this period of history. When the plot turned to murder of those who refused to sell their land to Great Western, Amelia becomes their next target. Finally, her developing romance with Ben, the very man who was supposed to spy on her, eventually becomes her closest comrade.
This book solves the laced clues, throughout the novel, during the final chapter. It would be an excellent book to read over a couple of evenings or give as a treat to a friend.
Truth Be Told was a fast-paced story full of life lessons and the promotion of truth.
The plot in this story is very intricate and mysterious- drawing you into the adventure alongside the characters and keeping you on the edge of your seat, climaxing with a highly suspenseful "nick of time" ending.
There were many lovable characters as well as some nasty villains. An entire town is drawn together by the faithfulness of one young lady's burden to uncover the truth and carry on her fathers legacy of honesty.
I highly enjoyed my first Carol Cox adventure, and am looking forward to reading more!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my review.
When her father dies, Amelia Wagner becomes the owner and operator of his newspaper in 1893 Arkansas. Her father had instilled in her that a newspaper writer always told the truth. The Great Western Investment Company wants her to retract statements her father published. After small incidents don't scare Amelia enough to retract the statements, the company assigns one of their employees, Benjamin Stone, to get close to her and convince her to retract the statements. Instead of doing that, Benjamin recognizes her bravery and helps her to uncover proof to back up her father's articles. Cox writes memorable characters, vivid settings descriptions, and emotions of the heart. This book has ample tension to keep the reader turning pages.