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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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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?
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Foster3Ontario, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A Light MysteryAugust 27, 2014Foster3Ontario, CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3As 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".
theLadyLeighAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A Quick and Fluffy ReadAugust 26, 2014theLadyLeighAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1Today 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.
susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great readAugust 25, 2014susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleSometimes 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.
crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Exciting western story keeps you on your toesAugust 25, 2014crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Truth 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.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome!August 11, 2014KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm all wrung out after finishing Truth Be Told. Sure, the whole racing heart thing has ebbed, but my tummy is still in knots and there's the slightest trembling still left in my hands. Phew! Seriously, at one point, page 297 to be precise I screeched "You stupid girl!" so loud that I set the neighbour's dog to barking (and I was inside the house!) Some might say I take my reading too seriously, but I say the blame can be laid at the author's feet. If she hadn't written such a riveting book, I wouldn't be the babbling mess I am right now.
See I have a thing for dastardly villains. I can't stand them. I get all worked up over them. Especially the snide, sly, sneaky, snakey kind. There are several of those in this book and they near drove me to despair! I wanted to read really, really fast so I could glory in their comeuppance, but no matter how fast I read I had to get through those gnarly bits to get to the end. Honestly I feel like I've run a marathon. I need chocolate. :-)
Can you tell I loved this book? Great characters -- Amelia is a heroine after my own heart. A bit brash, a whole lot stubborn, easy to blindside, quick to retaliate. A dynamo in calico. Of course Ben's smitten, how could he not be? But they are on opposite sides of a volatile situation and that's problematic. Of course that doesn't stop the chemistry from sparking and the romance igniting. But oy, it's complicated and apt to wear on a sensitive reader's nerves.
Awesome, awesome, awesome book!
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.