trouble_in_storeReviewed by Meg Massey

Melanie Ross has just been fired from her governess position, and decides that her only option is to travel to Arizona to claim the mercantile that was left to her by her cousin. But existing owner Caleb Nelson insists that he inherited the store from his uncle, and he has no intention of sharing it with Melanie. But Melanie prevails, threatening legal action, and soon she is transforming the store. But much to Caleb’s surprise, her ideas actually work, drawing in more business for them.

But when strange and dangerous things begin happening around the store, Caleb and Melanie believe that someone is out to destroy their business, and possibly their lives. As they begin investigating the mysterious events, they discover that the previous owners may have stumbled upon a horrible truth that cost them their lives.

Carol Cox’s Trouble in Store is a suspenseful read that I enjoyed very much, just like her previous novel, Love in Disguise. Melanie is a stubborn but likable heroine, and Caleb is a loving father and becomes a brilliant partner for Melanie. I was really unsure of who was behind the mysterious events that were happening around their store until it was finally revealed. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, especially fiction set in the west, you’ll love Carol Cox’s most recent novel!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.