Monday, August 25, 2014

Truth Be Told by Carol Cox

book review of Truth Be Told by Carol Cox (Bethany House) by papertapepins

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?

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.


  1. Carol Cox
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    Carol Cox

    Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where deer and...
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