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Wild West Romance and Mystery from Carol Cox 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 conseuences 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 Ben and Amelia learn the 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


10 thoughts on “Truth Be Told

  1. says:

    What's really up with the Great Western? Ben the employee doesn't think there's anything amiss with his employer's venture to begin hydraulic mining in a small town near Prescott Arizona But reporter Amelia's father was sure there's something than meets the eye about the company I really enjoyed this fast paced read as the two attempt to discover what's really going on in their community It's sat on my shelf way too long and it was high time I blasted through such a delightful early 1900s Western tale


  2. says:

    An intriguing mystery set in the fictional late 1800s town Granite Springs I love stories involving the newspaper world and this one had me hooked from start to finish I thought the main character Amelia Wagner was sometimes too impulsive but she grows throughout the book and realizes her mistakes An enjoyable and exciting story


  3. says:

    Trying new authors always suggests there is some kind of “risk” involved Either we’ll walk away with a beautiful new story to fill our minds for times to come and a new favorite pen to share about with friends or we come away disappointed Whatever the case sometimes the happy medium is just enjoying an easy story This book the third from Carol Cox’s Bethany House line of novels introduces us to Amelia Wagner a smart opinionated daughter of a journalist father Ever since her parent’s separation Amelia has lived with her mother in the city enjoying every advantage most society girls dream of Only Amelia isn’t like most girls She’d rather follow in her father’s footsteps and when she returns to Arizona to learn that her father is ill and soon after he dies she decides to take up not just his mantle but also the story he was chasing about the Great Western company – a story that leads her straight into the path of Ben Stone a “company man” who has his own task to accomplish Considering I’d never read any of Carol’s books I own her prior two I thought it’d be fun to give one of her novels a shot Unfortunately I just couldn’t get interested in this one It has a nice message and some of the morals it explores are interesting there just didn’t seem to be the same kind of depth that most of its peers do For starters the characters didn’t shine Amelia has a moment in the beginning when she puts a young flirt in his place – something that instantly had me liking her and expecting a spunky girl so the further I read into the story the I expected I’d be fond of her character only she never really become “real” beyond that point Same goes for Ben Sure I liked him and respected him for respecting Amelia but again he never really “came off the page” which is something we should search for and not unrealistically expect of a good novel What is interesting is the embedded message in this novel about searching for and following our convictions of truth no matter where it leads In this there was no disconnect however the plot overshadowed the ability for the reader to connect with its protagonists Amelia’s journey led her to the right place which is nothing to undermine and while I have no intention of doing that in some ways the greatest of her strengths was also the overall downfall of the idea With little time left in the story there is some breath catching will they or won’t they in determining if a dire situation will be resolved with a happier conclusion There are some cute bits of banter including a consistently interrupted kiss If you like the western genre or the popular Mary Connealy check into Truth be Told It just may be the summer read you are looking for Sincere thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing this book


  4. says:

    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 CarolI received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review


  5. says:

    After tragically losing her father Amelia Wagner stays on in the small town of Granite Springs to run his beloved paperIt's 1893 and Amelia is expected by her mother to sell the pressnewspaper 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 paperPerhaps in particular she would rather avoid being with her mother and her new husband One Thaddeus Graystone an utterly and disagreeable manBefore 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 retractionAs 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 importantly will this story cause the two young people to stray from God's intentionCox'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 truthWith 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 readI 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 reuired to give a positive critiue


  6. says:

    Carol Cox in her new book “Truth Be Told” published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the life of Amelia WagnerFrom the back cover Sometimes the truth can be dangerousWhen 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 conseuences 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 statementsDetermined 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 intriguingWhat 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 stories from the very talented Ms CoxDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


  7. says:

    Truth Be ToldCarol CoxBook 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 conseuences 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 Ben and Amelia learn the 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 goodReview 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 slick Since he had someone do all his dirty work it would have been 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


  8. says:

    This is the second novel that I've read from Carol Cox and I'm enad with her writing style In Truth Be Told she paints a picture with her words to describe rich detail of the time period It's as if you are walking the very streets she is writing about Her characters of Amelia and Ben are rich with character and style and their ensuing relationship blossoms with grace Amelia arrives via train to Granite Springs to work with her father on their newspaper but soon finds herself on her own She holds fast to her father's words to seek only the truth including in journalism and writing She soon encounters a sweet and wonderful man working for the Great Western Investment Company the catalyst of this novel which ends up being very company she ends up investigating The twists and turns of the plot make this book as wonderful as it does page turning Their attraction to each other is evident from the beginning but they are not able to be together due to various events and individuals that keep them apart This book is so refreshing in it's inclusion of cowboys and the great wild west simplicity of life murder mystery intrigue friendships found and lost and love finding a way through adversity and trial I adore the intertwined faith that fills these wonderful pagesThe inclusion of scriptures and prayers that the characters say is refreshing This book is romance done right Disclaimer I received this book for an honest review from Bethany House a division of the Baker Publishing Group and was not reuired to write a positive review


  9. says:

    I love the mysterious aspect to Carol Cox’s novels Mysteries have always intrigued me but for some reason I don’t read a lot of themIn Truth Be Told Amelia is arrives in Arizona for what she thinks will be a nice visit with her father But what she doesn’t expect is to arrive and find her father on his deathbed and the newspaper now left in her hands Amelia is determined to fulfill the motto of the newspaper in only telling the truth What Amelia soon finds out is that she’s been left with a big mess with the Great Western Investment Company Her father wrote some articles that the company did not appreciate and now they want Amelia to print a reprieve This sets Amelia off on the uest for the truth of what’s really going on with the Great Western InvestmentBenjamin Stone has been tasked by the Great Western Investment to keep tabs on Amelia As Amelia uncovers revealing facts about the Great Western Investment Benjamin uestions whether he is really loyal to his companyAn intriguing novel that will keep you on your toes and turning the pages until you know what’s going to happen The author did a great job of drawing you in I have enjoyed Carol Cox’s novels and look forward to seeing what novels she writes in the futureI received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review I received no compensation for this review nor was I reuired to write a positive review All opinions stated are my ownLeah BMust Love Booksmustlovereadingwordpresscom


  10. says:

    “Sometimes the Truth Can Be Dangerous” reads the dust jacket of Truth Be Told the first novel I have read by Carol Cox I loved it It was one of those stories that I wish I had all day to sit and read in one sittingWriting is one of my passions and Arizona was where I grew up so Amelia and Granite Springs intrigued me early on I was pleasantly surprised that Cox uickly draws her readers into the drama surrounding Amelia’s arrival to Granite Springs for another summer Anticipating a routine summer working with her father to run his small town paper Amelia faces tragedy and peril finds true friends and stubbornly works through small and large setbacks to fulfill her dad’s wish that she find out the truth and let the good citizens of Granite Springs know itCox creates believable strong human characters The character of Thaddeus Gray is particularly loathsome Clara is refreshing and strong Jimmy is entertaining Ben well you better read the story to find out about himAmid her exciting plot Cox poses the uestion of how far are you willing to go to find out and then defend truth It is a uintessential uandary explored in an entertaining book with plenty of adventure I enthusiastically recommend Truth Be Told Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Truth Be Told by Carol Cox to review