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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?"
After reading and enjoying Love In Disguise by Carol Cox, which made it to my 2012 Top Ten Books list, I was excited to delve into Truth Be Told. Written in simple, down-to-earth prose, I was easily transported to 1800s Granite Springs, Arizona––a quaint western town rife with interesting townspeople.
Amelia Wagner is a woman determined to continue her father's legacy of truth by reporting only the truth. It was refreshing to see her commitment to integrity––to the point that she was willing to print a retraction of her deceased father's articles on Great Western if she discovered they were untrue. Ben was a gentlemanly hero and his spiritual journey, similar to Jonah's story in the Bible, was uplifting. Amelia and Ben's romance was humorous, at times, and filled with pockets of tension, due to their separate loyalties and Ben's initial deception. Seeing their evolving romance was sweet.
I enjoyed the mystery and suspense surrounding Great Western––the owner, Owen Merrick, and his partners-in-crime were good villains. The other secondary characters were a great addition, as well. From Jimmy, the enthusiastic paper boy, to Clara, Amelia's new friend, they added an extra layer of depth to the story. I especially liked Homer, the former partner of Amelia's father, because of his kind, fatherly attentiveness.
I enjoyed Carol Cox's latest addition and give it 4 out of 5 stars. If you're hunting for a western with a truth seeking journalist, a dosage of mystery and suspense, and a dash of romance, try Truth Be Told. Plus, you'll learn how to run an 1800s newspaper and experience an edge-of-your-seat ending.
** Thanks to Bethany House publishers for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. **