Truth Be Told  -     By: Carol Cox
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Truth Be Told

Bethany House / 2014 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764209574
ISBN-13: 9780764209574
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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?

Author Bio

Carol Cox is the author of over 30 novels and novellas. A third-generation Arizonan, she has held a lifelong fascination with the Old West and hopes to make it live again in the hearts of her readers. She makes her home with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where the deer and the antelope really do play--often within view
of the family's front porch. Learn
more at www.authorcarolcox.com.

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  1. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful
    September 1, 2014
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really liked this story. The characters were great and you really fell in love with them. It was interesting to see how an old time newspaper was run. It was neat to hear how reporters went out and dug up news rather than waiting for people to bring it to them like they seem to do now. I received this book from Bethany house for a fair and honest opinion.
  2. Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    History, Romance and Mystery all rolled into one great story
    August 31, 2014
    Marianne
    Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    5 stars ***** out of 5

    Historical Romance

    Escape with Carol Cox to Arizona Territory, 1963, to life in busy Granite Springs. I love Arizona, spending months there every winter, and I know the books I read about the region will enrich my view of the area. Carol weaves a story so rich in history, vivid imagery and realistic characters, I forgot that though based on fact, this was fiction. Carol tells the story through the unique position of a young woman trying to fill her editor-father's large shoes in a community she has only visited the last number of years. The twists and turns led all over the area, and had me guessing and turning pages until the end. I wonder, how well do we know those near and dear to us? Well enough to trust that what we do know about them is true, or when we hear something do we second guess what we know? This is another great novel by Carol.

    I received this book free from Bethany House and Emily Davies-Robinson through their Nuts About Books program in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
  3. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A Light Mystery
    August 27, 2014
    Foster3
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    As I have said before, historical romance is not my favorite genre, so please understand if I do not give a superior rating to this book. To those who love this type of book, I apologize, as it is very well written and the author obviously is creative and talented.

    Amelia Wagner, the main character, finds herself taking over her father's newspaper in 1893, in Granite Springs, Arizona. She vows to carry on his practice of reporting ONLY the truth. However, Amelia soon discovers that even the truth can produce dire consequences. Her father's revealing articles concerning the important Great Western Investment Company have caught the attention of the wrong people. The pressure begins to mount encouraging Amelia to retract her father's statements.

    As a very determined individual, Amelia sets out to find out the real story through investigation, however dangerous it may be! Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee, appears on the scene. He has been given the task of keeping tabs on her for the good of the company. Amelia finds him to be both perplexing and intriguing.

    Discoveries stun them both! There are implications for not only Ben and Amelia, but all of Granite Springs. Can they reveal the truth before the enemy silences them forever???

    Having never read Carol Cook's books before , this was a new author to me. She did a fine job describing the characters. They were realistic and their day to day problems were totally believable. I was unable to find a strong connection with any of them, however and tend to need to be able to identify with at least one of them to keep me interested in the book. This is only my opinion. I am sure that others would disagree, as Carol is a talented writer.

    I found the plot to be rather slow moving, although interesting. From a mystery standpoint, it is very predictable. There are very few surprises for the reader. It reminded me of a western TV show, where the good guys fight for the truth. I would have enjoyed a surprise or shocking ending!

    That being said, if you enjoy books with a bit of mystery and romance, this book would make a nice light summer read.

    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

    Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A Quick and Fluffy Read
    August 26, 2014
    theLadyLeigh
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Today I have a book from an author new to me! I've been wanting to catch a book from author Carol Cox for a while now after I was intrigued by the title and subject of her last work so I was eager to snap up a copy of "Truth Be Told" when it appeared!

    The story revolves around Amelia Wagner. Amelia is more then ready for a change of pace when, fresh off the train from Denver and the fast paced high life it offers, she sets foot back in her father's newspaper office in Granite Springs, Arizona. She expects to spend a pleasant summer catching up with her father and once again being in her true home but best laid plans are often thwarted and Amelia finds herself saying goodbye to her dying father and trying to fill the large shoes he's left behind in his beloved profession.

    Amelia finds in the wake of her father's death that the paper in is a delicate position due to his inability to pound the pavement in the months during his decline and she will be the doing or undoing of all of her father's years of hard work. She also is puzzled by the biggest story in her father's bulls eye- an expose on a local mining company that never fully came to light. As Amelia beings to track down the full story she finds help in the most unlikely of sources- an employee of the very mining company that her father railed against publicly before his death. Soon Amelia and Ben find themselves in deeper than they ever expected with a story that may be the undoing of both of them!

    There was a few quirks with the book that I noticed and wanted to point out. One of them was that Amelia is a really good girl. I mean really, aside from being rather innocent and over trusting she practically has no flaws. Every time she reacts to something in a normal human way (anger, disappointment, confusion, etc.) she, in the very next moment corrects herself and immediately thinks Biblically about the situation in question, always seeing the situation for what it must be and not what it actually appears at the moment. I don't know about you but I just have a hard time liking someone who is always good, who can always change on the drop of a dime and be...perfect. It makes me wonder- 'can a character be too good?'

    Another thing was that the mining described as taking place sounds a awfully like today's fracking. It is a pet peeve of mine to see people dragging modern issues into the past for soap box purposes and although Cox never carries through with fully disclosing the ins and outs of the mining operation she has enough of a soap box to make sure that the characters fully disapprove of what is being done in their community. It just isn't appropriate for this setting without providing some explanation in an author's note.

    This book was in all honesty a quick read, the storyline was pretty basic and I'm sad to say predictable. There was nothing terribly exciting in the plot for me- but the thing is that there was nothing particularly wrong with the plot either... As I continued to read and analyze this and try to make sense of it I came to the realization that this is a book that I would have really enjoyed- when I was 14 or 15 years old... And this is the fact that frustrates me. For me it just doesn't deliver on the 'grown up' fiction I was expecting to read. I want characters to be flawed, I need situations to be real, and I think that putting things right doesn't come at the wave of a magic wand. For me this story had more relationship fantasy than realistic fiction.

    If you like your fiction on the light side and don't want to think too much about logic and loopholes then this book is for you, but next time I think I'll be skipping the sugary fluff and finding something a little more my speed.

    Final Rating: 3

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and opinion of the product.
  5. Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read
    August 25, 2014
    susanmsj
    Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Sometimes looking for the truth can be dangerous. This book had romance, danger, and mystery. I loved the way the characters kept digging for the truth even though they didn't always like where it was leading. I would recommend this book.

    I won a copy of this book in an online giveaway and was asked to give a review.
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