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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209574
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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?

"Cox captures readers with mystery, adventure, and love in the fascinating setting of Arizona Territory, 1893." --Christian Retailers + Resources

About 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
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Determined to find out the real story, Amelia begins her own investigation.
VicG
I love a good historical mystery (with a bit of romance mixed in for good measure) and Carol Cox’s Truth Be Told certainly fits that bill.
Laurin Boyle
There could have been a bit more added to the end of the story to tie things up a bit better.
Kim Nelson

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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rissi on July 28, 2014
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Trying new authors always suggests there is some kind of “risk” involved. Either we’ll walk away with a beautiful new story to fill our minds for times to come and a new favorite pen to share about with friends or we come away disappointed. Whatever the case, sometimes the happy medium is just enjoying an easy story. This book, the third from Carol Cox’s Bethany House line of novels, introduces us to Amelia Wagner, a smart, opinionated daughter of a journalist father. Ever since her parent’s separation, Amelia has lived with her mother in the city, enjoying every advantage most society girls dream of. Only Amelia isn’t like most girls. She’d rather follow in her father’s footsteps and when she returns to Arizona to learn that her father is ill and soon after he dies, she decides to take up not just his mantle but also the story he was chasing about the Great Western company – a story that leads her straight into the path of Ben Stone, a “company man,” who has his own task to accomplish.

Considering I’d never read any of Carol’s books (I own her prior two), I thought it’d be fun to give one of her novels a shot. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get interested in this one. It has a nice message and some of the morals it explores are interesting, there just didn’t seem to be the same kind of depth that most of its peers do. For starters the characters didn’t shine. Amelia has a moment in the beginning when she puts a young flirt in his place – something that instantly had me liking her and expecting a spunky girl, so the further I read into the story, the more I expected I’d be fond of her character only she never really become “real” beyond that point. Same goes for Ben.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela C on July 10, 2014
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Truth be Told is a quick but enjoyable read for historical romance fans. Most of the story hinges on suspense and mystery with a brief love story thrown in.
When Amelia Wagner arrives in Granite Springs to spend the summer with her father and help at his newspaper, she learns he is deathly ill and the story he was working on hasn't resolved. Before she can learn what he has been researching he dies, leaving the paper to her. Convinced her father was on to something big, Amelia decides to stay on and run the paper, continuing the work that meant much to her father.
Meanwhile, Ben Stone is working for Great Western Investment Company. His boss insists the stories printed by Amelia's father are false and slanderous. To get Amelia to print a retraction, Ben agrees to befriend her and convince her the company only wants to help Granite Spring citizens.
But as Ben and Amelia search for the truth and also learn to trust each other, they find more than they bargained for.
I found Truth be Told to be fairly predictable. It followed the regular path of many romance/mystery novels without any surprising twists to the storyline. The characters were likable but they didn't grow and develop the way other Cox characters have. Amelia seemed too perfect with no major flaws or problems. The only thing she needed to learn or overcome was finding the truth about Great Western.
I knew for the story to progress Ben had to make the choices he did but it didn't seem to fit him. His past also seemed added just as an after thought. I never understood why Cox chose to include it. And Amelia's reasons for digging into the story seemed to be for no greater purpose than proving her father was right.
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