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Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told

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by Carol Cox

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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


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?

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Publishers Weekly
Cox’s (Love in Disguise) western romance is set in 1893 in Arizona Territory, where the motto, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” has appeared on the masthead of the Granite Springs Gazette for as long as its editor’s daughter, Amelia Wagner, can remember. The integrity of her father, A.J. Wagner, is a given. But when he dies, leaving the newspaper to her, she jumps in to complete his investigation against a leviathan financial firm. Though the owner of the Great Western Investment Company has done nothing illegal, Amelia fully believes her father’s insistence that an evil truth must be brought to light. Devoted friends—typesetter Homer, paperboy Jimmy, and other faithful community members, including handsome Ben Stone, an unexpected ally from within Great Western itself—assist in an impetuous investigation that leads Amelia into mortal danger. Her beliefs about her parents, as well as about God’s will, are sorely tested. Cox’s 13th novel is sure to delight fans of the Old West. Agency: Books & Such Literary Management. (June)

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Truth Be Told

By Carol Cox

Bethany House Publishers

Copyright © 2014 Carol Cox
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ISBN: 978-0-7642-0957-4


Granite Springs, Arizona Territory May 1893

Amelia Wagner stepped down onto the platform of the Granite Springs train depot and drew in a deep breath of clean mountain air. She closed her eyes to sort out the different scents tingling her nostrils—the sharp tang of pine trees growing on the nearby slopes, the pungent odors of fresh-cut lumber wafting from Martin Gilbreth's sawmill, and the fragrance of the creosote bushes that dotted the hillsides of Arizona's high desert. The scents mingled together to form a fragrance more pleasing than the costliest perfume any Denver emporium had to offer.

Amelia took in another deep breath, savoring the fragrance of home.

"Welcome back!"

Amelia's eyes flew open, and she spotted Thomas Rafferty, station agent for the Prescott-Phoenix Railroad. Prior to that, he had served as the stagecoach depot agent for the local line and had been a fixture in Granite Springs for as long as Amelia could remember. He nodded a cheery greeting as he rolled a hand truck laden with wooden crates into the depot.

She grinned back at him. "Where are my peppermints?"

Mr. Rafferty set the hand truck upright and patted his pockets. A slight flush tinted his weathered cheeks. "I'm afraid you caught me unprepared. I didn't realize you were arriving today, or I'd have stocked up." He tilted his head and chuckled. "Besides, I expected you outgrew that sweet tooth of yours."

Amelia brushed his apology aside with a laugh. "No need to worry. Standing here on the platform just brought back a host of memories. Getting a peppermint drop from you whenever I came home is one of my favorites."

The flush on the station agent's cheeks deepened as he tipped the hand truck back and wheeled it toward the doors. "It was always a special day when you arrived. It's good to have you here again, and I know your dad will be glad to see you, too."

As Amelia watched Mr. Rafferty disappear inside the depot, out of the corner of her eye she saw someone approaching on her right. She swiveled around to see a lanky cowboy striding along the platform.

He swaggered up to her and tipped his hat. "Afternoon, Miss. I've always thought Granite Springs was a right pretty place, but the scenery got a whole lot nicer the moment you stepped off the train."

Amelia straightened her shoulders and looked the brash young rider straight in the eye. "Thank you for the compliment, but you seem to be under a misapprehension. I'm not a stranger here—I was raised in Granite Springs. I'm not some Eastern debutante ready to swoon at the sight of her first cowboy."

A dark red flush rose from the man's shirt collar to his hairline. "Beg your pardon," he mumbled. "I didn't mean any offense." Ducking his head, he trotted down the steps to the street below and hurried on his way.

From her position on the station platform, Amelia turned her attention back to the bustle surrounding her. A smile curved her lips. Though small compared to Denver, the town had grown since her last visit.

An incredulous gasp from the street caught her attention. Two matrons stood engrossed in conversation just below where Amelia stood. The taller one drew back and pressed her fingers to her lips. "You can't mean it! The bank is going to foreclose?"

Her companion nodded vigorously, setting the long black feathers on her hat into a bobbing dance. "I heard it straight from Bart McCaffrey's wife. My husband says it's due to poor business management, but ..." Her voice trailed off when her eyes strayed up to the platform and focused on Amelia. Nudging her friend with her elbow, she gave a sniff, and the two women moved several yards away, out of earshot.

Foreclosure? On McCaffrey's property? Amelia forgot her embarrassment at being caught eavesdropping in her eagerness to make a note of what she'd heard.

Why, oh why, had she packed her notebook in her trunk? She scrambled in her reticule and pulled out a scrap of paper and a pencil. One of the first things her father ever taught her about journalism was the need to jot down details while they were still fresh in her memory. With the information she provided, he or Homer Crenshaw, his able helper, would be able to track down the rest of the story.

Or ... She caught her breath. Maybe she could persuade her father to let her chase down the facts and write the story herself. What a wonderful way to begin this summer's visit to Granite Springs! Her heart quickened at the thought.

She scribbled a quick note, then looked up to see a towheaded boy about six years old rolling a hoop along the street in front of the platform. The hoop suddenly appeared to take on a will of its own and veered from its path straight toward the spot where the two matrons stood.

Neither woman seemed to notice the hoop until it struck the taller one from the rear. She let out an indignant yelp and turned to locate her assailant. Her face tightened when her eyes lit on the boy.

"Come here, you young scalawag!" She reached out as though to snag him by the ear, but the youngster evaded her fingers with ease.

Snatching up his hoop, he called out a quick apology and scampered off. Seeing the impish grin on his face, Amelia doubted that the incident was entirely accidental.

She pressed her lips together to hold back a smile at his antics and scanned the street, hoping to catch sight of her father. It wasn't like him to miss her arrival. Where could he be?

There had to be a good reason. Being the editor and publisher of the Granite Springs Gazette—as well as its chief reporter—filled nearly all his waking hours. Perhaps he'd gotten wind of a good story and lost track of the time.

The office of the Gazette was only a few blocks away. Amelia glanced over at her luggage. Her trunk would be safe under Mr. Rafferty's watchful eye. Her valise was heavy, but she could manage to carry it that short distance.

Hefting the small bag, she made her way down the steps and walked briskly up First Street, studying the false-fronted buildings along the way. The land agent's office sported a fresh coat of creamy yellow paint instead of the graying wood she'd seen on her last visit. A steady stream of people flowed in and out of Kingston's General Store, and a neatly painted sign reading Bon-Ton Café hung over the building where the Coffeepot Café used to be. Amelia felt her stomach rumble at the thought of food.

She scanned the street again, and her lips curved in a broad smile when she saw Homer Crenshaw making a beeline for the depot. That confirmed her earlier supposition—her father must be on the trail of an important story if he had to send his right-hand man to meet her.

She watched Homer's lanky form as he walked along with a purposeful stride, obviously a man on a mission. His bowler hat didn't completely hide the wisps of white hair sticking out in wild disarray atop a frame so spare that it seemed as though a mere puff of air might blow him into the next county. Anyone seeing that scarecrow-like form for the first time would never guess that Homer was not only a whiz at operating a printing press but a competent reporter in his own right. If her father was the captain of the Gazette, he couldn't have asked for a better first mate.

"Miss Wagner? Amelia!"

She looked over to see Emmett Kingston hailing her from the front steps of the general store, just beyond the Café. She stopped and waited while he loped across the street.

His path and Homer's converged on her at the same instant. Homer came to a halt when he spotted her on the boardwalk in front of him.

Amelia bounced on her toes, scarcely able to contain herself as she waited for him to break into the glad smile of welcome that always lit his face when she arrived. To her surprise, his expression remained solemn.

Emmett Kingston stepped up onto the walk beside them. "I thought that was you." The merchant wiped his hand on the front of his storekeeper's apron before extending it to her. "I'm sure glad to see you here. Tell your father I'll be by to visit in the next day or so. It's a shame ..." Kingston's voice trailed off as he focused on a point over Amelia's shoulder. She turned in time to see Homer finishing a shake of his head.

"We'd best be on our way," Homer said. "Good to see you, Emmett." He reached for Amelia's valise and set off at a rapid pace.

"We have a new eatery in town." Homer pointed to the Bon-Ton on the other side of the street.

"I noticed that," she panted, trotting to keep up with his long-legged stride.

"The food there is quite tasty," he continued. "'Blithe souls and lightsome hearts have we, feasting at the Cherry Tree!'"

Amelia laughed out loud. She had grown up hearing Homer quote snippets of poetry at odd moments. The lines from Wordsworth made her feel even more at home.

Homer's mouth curved in a shadow of its usual smile, but the expression in his eyes remained bleak.

Something was wrong. Amelia felt sure of it, but she had no idea what the problem might be. Trying to keep her voice light, she asked, "Where's Papa? Out chasing down a story?"

Homer's lean face tightened even more, and his eyes took on a shuttered expression. "He wasn't feeling up to it today. Didn't he write to you about that?"

"He mentioned not feeling well, but that was last month. You mean he's still ailing?"

Homer kept his eyes focused on the street ahead and drew a ragged breath. "He's worse."

He pulled off his hat and ran the fingers of one hand through his hair. White strands stood out in a billowy cloud around his head. "But he's looking forward to seeing you. Let's keep moving."

Two blocks later, they reached the two-story, whitewashed board-and-batten building. A sense of belonging swept over Amelia at the sight of the sign hanging above the door, proudly emblazoned with the name Granite Springs Gazette, A. J. Wagner, Proprietor, and directly underneath it, a line that read Job Printing.

Homer swung the door open with his free hand, and she stepped inside. At first glance, nothing had changed since the last time she'd set foot in the newspaper office. The smells of ink and paper permeated the large room dominated by the sturdy Washington Press, her father's pride and joy. On the far side of the type cabinets, she could see the smaller Peerless jobbing press. To the right of the stairs in the rear, the door to her father's office stood open. From where she stood, Amelia could see one corner of his oak rolltop desk. At any other time, she would have headed straight to it to flesh out the notes she had taken at the station, but today concern for her father overshadowed her urge to get to work.

She walked to the back of the printing office, intending to climb the stairs that led to the second-floor living quarters, but Homer's voice stopped her.

"No need for you to go up just yet. I'll carry your valise to your room." He skirted past her and started up the steps.

Amelia followed on his heels. "I don't mind waiting to unpack until after my trunk arrives, but I want to go up and see Papa first thing."

Homer half turned to face her, but his gaze didn't quite meet her eyes. "He's been staying down here since he took sick. We fixed up that little storeroom near the back door when going up and down the stairs got to be too much for him." He turned and went on up, leaving Amelia standing with one foot on the bottom step.

A wisp of apprehension wound its way up her spine and coiled around her heart. Until that moment, Homer's words hadn't fully struck home. Her father's recent letters had mentioned not feeling well, but they'd given no hint that anything serious might be going on.

Now she wondered whether he had been completely open with her. If Papa can't manage the stairs, how sick is he?


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Meet the Author

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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Truth Be Told 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
susanmsj More than 1 year ago
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.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
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.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
Amelia's zest for life drew me into the story, but she wasn't perfect and that made her all the more likable.  Ben may have run from his calling, but he didn't run from his faith or beliefs. He was a little less believable--not enough flaws, except trusting the wrong person.  I highly recommend this novel. I received this novel from the publisher/author for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I likey. Can you continue eithout two reveiws?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cizzle <p> A SoaringRuby riderdragon. Trained under presure. Best of the best. My mother. <p> Garnetshalloe zipped around. I, on the other hand, am Cizzle. A crossbreed between a pure-breed SoaringRuby and some kind of luff FireTribe dragon. A mistake. My other nestmates, Ballifie and Tabooflame, were perfectly fine, if not, oblivious about, their father. <p> Ballifie wants to train with our mother to become greatness, but her one wing heavier than the other stops her. <br> Tabooflame wants to switch from air base to land base. Which, only happens once a year. <p> All the dragonets that have had no training or barely any (as well as a select few elite adults) will pick a scale off of their leg and put it in a bowl, then a human would draw ten scales from the bowl. <br> The scales drawn would be held to the bloodmoon's light, and whichever dragon the scale belonged to would be suddenly apearing drenched in blood. <br> Tonight is that night. <p> (Cliff hanger! Two reviews and I will continue.)
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
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.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
A woman determined to run her father's newspaper, The Granite Springs Gazette. A man determined to help her, who is troubled with alcoholism. A man destined to come into her life and make it far richer.  Truth be Told is a slow-paced historical set in Arizona, with some good South Western details.  The story revolves around Amelia, her newspaper, and a railroad company that is up to some shady deals.  The atmosphere of a struggling newspaper with one troubled employee, trying to find stories and keep the business afloat, is brought to life here. If you're looking for a story with a woman who dares to dream and a man who comes alongside her and joins the dream, Truth be Told is a fine choice. If you also like a little 1800's progress in your stories, with trains and towns and lots of trouble moving West, then let the Truth be Told.  Thank you Bethany House for my review copy! 
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Finding the truth! Amelia Wagner looked forward to spending the summer working with her father on his newspaper in Granite Springs, Arizona.  Her mood soon changes when she finds her dad is critically ill. His death bed wish is for her to seek the truth about Great Western Investment Company.   Benjamin Stone doubts the honesty of his employer and decides too join with Amelia to investigate the goings on at Great Western Investment Company.  They we very cautious of each other in the beginning only to realize there is something special between them. The author has a real page turner in this story.  My emotions were very confused at times trying to figure out who could be trusted . There was plenty of action, intrigue, mystery and romance to keep me turning pages. The mistrust of family members  and friends was chilling.  In  this story the author has put all control in God's hands as the characters struggle with trust in finding the truth. I  highly recommend this book. Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Truth Be Told Carol Cox Book 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 consequences. Her father's revealing articles about Great Western Investment. Company&rsquo;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 more Ben and Amelia learn, the more 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. Review: 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 more slick. Since he had someone do all his dirty work it would have been more 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. 
VicG More than 1 year ago
Carol Cox in her new book &ldquo;Truth Be Told&rdquo; published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the life of Amelia Wagner. From the back cover:  Sometimes the truth can be dangerous&hellip; When Amelia Wagner takes over her father&rsquo;s newspaper in 1893 Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper&rsquo;s commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have serious consequences. Her father&rsquo;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&rsquo;s statements. Determined to find out the real story, Amelia begins her own investigation. She&rsquo;s joined by Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who&rsquo;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&ndash;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 &ldquo;Truth Be Told&rdquo;.  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 &ldquo;Truth Be Told&rdquo; and I look forward to more stories from the very talented Ms. Cox. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission&rsquo;s 16 CFR, Part 255: &ldquo;Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.&rdquo;
MiamiKel More than 1 year ago
This is my second novel that I've read from Carol Cox and I'm enamored 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 pages. The 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 required to write a positive review. Any reflection of such is my own and this review is an honest reflection of such.
Alice_Knightly8 More than 1 year ago
Truth Be Told was a fast-paced story full of life lessons and the promotion of truth. The plot in this story is very intricate and mysterious- drawing you into the adventure alongside the characters and keeping you on the edge of your seat, climaxing with a highly suspenseful &quot;nick of time&quot; ending. There were many lovable characters as well as some nasty villains. An entire town is drawn together by the faithfulness of one young lady's burden to uncover the truth and carry on her fathers legacy of honesty.  I highly enjoyed my first Carol Cox adventure, and am looking forward to reading more! I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my review.
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Amelia Wagner&rsquo;s father has always taught her the value of reporting the truth.  But little does Amelia realize that the repercussions of reporting the truth can endanger her life.  In May of 1893, she makes her annual voyage to visit her father in Granite Springs, Arizona and finds herself the new owner of the town newspaper, the Gazette.  She discovers a few vague clues left by her father about some unscrupulous business dealings related to the Great Western Investment Company and determines to find the true and entire story.  Meanwhile, Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee is on assignment to get the Gazette to retract some negative articles written by Amelia&rsquo;s father.  As each pursues the truth, they become united in uncovering the hidden agenda behind the expansion of Great Western Investment Company.  The story provided interesting details about living in a small western town just before the turn of the 20th century and the process of printing the local paper.  I appreciated the authenticity in which the author writes about the printing process in that time period and her attention to gathering accurate historical data. The characters were agreeable and the story progresses in a realistic and believable way.  For instance, the relationship between Amelia and Ben develops over time and isn&rsquo;t immediate.  The women characters in particular are strong and independent.  There was an adequate amount of mystery and intrigue to keep the story appealing.  The author wove in Biblical parallels and lessons without seeming forced or out of context.  The plot was unique and the outcome not always obvious.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction with the right amount of twists and turns, intrigue and mystery.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&ldquo;Sometimes the Truth Can Be Dangerous&rdquo; 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 sitting. Writing 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 quickly draws her readers into the drama surrounding Amelia&rsquo;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&rsquo;s wish that she find out the truth and let the good citizens of Granite Springs know it. Cox 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 more about him. Amid her exciting plot, Cox poses the question of how far are you willing to go to find out and then defend truth. It is a quintessential quandary 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.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
When her father dies, Amelia Wagner becomes the owner and operator of his newspaper in 1893 Arkansas. Her father had instilled in her that a newspaper writer always told the truth. The Great Western Investment Company wants her to retract statements her father published. After small incidents don&rsquo;t scare Amelia enough to retract the statements, the company assigns one of their employees, Benjamin Stone, to get close to her and convince her to retract the statements. Instead of doing that, Benjamin recognizes her bravery and helps her to uncover proof to back up her father&rsquo;s articles. Cox writes memorable characters, vivid settings descriptions, and emotions of the heart. This book has ample tension to keep the reader turning pages.
MNGringa1 More than 1 year ago
Delightful, enjoyable read. Carol Cox delivers another historical mystery that is easy to read. Amelia Wagner heads back to her childhood home. Upon her arrival, Amelia finds that her father is about to die. Instead of folding up the town's newspaper and heading back to Colorado, Amelia stays to run her father's newspaper. Her father also left some intriguing clues about the business that seems to be buying up all the land around town. Amelia sets out to find out the truth and along the way discovers a friendship with someone who works for the &quot;enemy&quot;. I enjoyed this story. Cox pulls you in immediately with the drama of Amelia's father passing away. Amelia's commitment to continue to run her father's newspaper with the same commitment to truth that her father has pulls at your heart strings. The grit and determination of this character jumps off the page. Ben works for Great Western Union. He looks for potential land to buy. He is happy to have a job, but this is not his passion. As he befriends Amelia, he learns he has a love for the truth and will do what needs to be done to reveal it. I like the conflicts in this story and how each character learns how to deal with their flaws in honest and truthful ways. You feel their pain and struggle. There are delightful moments in the story as you read about the time consuming way papers were printed back in the 19th century. Take a trip back in time and enjoy a good mystery. My thanks go to Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for the free e-copy of this book to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cox immediately captured my attention with the unique storyline of a young woman taking on the challenge of running her father's newspaper company. I had a difficult time putting this novel down, finishing it in just a few hours!  This is the first novel I have read by Carol Cox, and I am certain it will not be the last.  My only reservation about the book, is that it seemed as though the spiritual additions were a bit forced. I would like to see more natural conversations about spirituality in her writing, not ones that seem as though they are interjections.  Overall, the novel had an enthralling plot, one that kept my attention, and I look forward to reading more books by Cox! 
Soupersally More than 1 year ago
A home run hit by Carol Cox!   I started to read this novel 2 days ago and had a hard time putting it down.  I was captured immediately and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. There is so much to absorb: Amelia's relationship with her separated parents, learning how to run a small town newspaper, suspected corruption in the townspeople, knowing who to trust and who not to trust, a possible romance, suspense and intrigue and much more that I don't want to spoil for others. I loved it!
monkeyshiners More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable novel. Like most Christian romance/mystery novels, this is an easy read. It's not deep and inspirational or thought provoking but it is a good, quick, fun read. The romance angle is sometimes a little much for me, but the mystery was engaging and interesting to follow. Amelia is returning to the small town where she grew up, and where her father still lives for her customary summer visit with her father only to find him dying if cancer and herself i possession of a newspaper. She takes the reins and tries to continue her father's investigation on a local company buying up local land and planning to mine it. She meets Ben Stone, a young employee of the company and they strike up a mutual interest. What she doesn't know is that he has been told to get close to her to convince her to give up the investigation. Thankfully, Ben is a honest, Christian man who sees Amelia as a friend and soon realizes as well that there is more to his company than meets the eye...  Recommended for readers who enjoy clean romance or mystery. I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.