Jul 22, 2013

Book Review: Trouble in Store by Carol Cox

Back Cover: Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile, and he's not about to let an obstinate woman with newfangled ideas ruin all he's worked for. In hope of turning her interest elsewhere, he determines to get Melanie married off, and luckily, there are many single men in town quite willing to take her off his hands.

The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn't want her to marry any of them. He's drawn to her more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store offer unexpectedly positive results.

But someone doesn't want the mercantile to succeed, and threatening words have escalated into destruction and danger. Will Melanie and Caleb's business--and budding romance--survive the trouble that's about to come their way?

My Review: I really like the duel meaning to the title of this novel. Trouble in Store is an enjoyable read with a mystery to solve. I must admit that I didn't figure out the answer to the mystery until just before it was revealed. My only complaint about the book would be about a certain scene (which I can't go into too much detail without spoiling for readers). In this scene, the characters are in grave danger, but I felt that the scene resolved too quickly and easily to be satisfying. If it were not for that one issue, I would have given the book 5 stars. I very much enjoyed the dynamics between Melanie and Caleb.

My Rating:

My Recommendation: I recommend this book to readers of historical Christian fiction.

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.

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