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Monday, August 19, 2013

Trouble in Store by Carol Cox

     Miss Melanie Ross is a governess for an affluent family in Ohio until one of her young charges gets her fired.  With no family in town and no hope of a job, she heads out west to Arizona to claim what her cousin, George, willed her when he died.
But when Melanie finally arrives in Arizona, she encounters Caleb Nelson, who says that he has inherited the mercantile from his uncle Alvin (George's partner).  Melanie struggles to prove her worth to the store's operation in order to convince Caleb that she would be a worth partner.  She has to make this work because she has no where else to go.
Meanwhile, someone is leaving threatening notes around the store warning the owner to get out of town or else.  Other odds things are starting to happen too.  Melanie and Caleb must find out who wants them out of town before someone gets hurt.

I really enjoyed reading this novel by Carol Cox.  This is the second book that I've read by her.  The other book is called Love in Disguise, and you can read my review of that book here.  The story line is such a cute story.  I love that it is a Historical Fiction book.  I love learning about history while reading a great story.  The story is set in the great wild west.  Things in the west are definitely different from the midwest.  Melanie is quite a character.  She's not one to back down, but is vulnerable on the inside.  Caleb has his troubles too.  With past trials that have broken his heart, he's not out to find love again.  Both Melanie and Caleb have to learn the lesson of trusting in God when the situation with the store becomes extremely dangerous.
If you're looking for a fun, cute read with a little bit of mystery thrown in, this would be a great book to pick up!

*** I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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