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 some obstinate woman with newfangled ideas mess... Read More
The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn't want her to marry up with any of them. He's drawn to Melanie more every day, and he has to admit that some of her ideas for the store unexpectedly offer positive results.
But someone doesn't want the store to succeed, and what started as just threatening words escalates into deliberate destruction and lurkers in the night. When a body shows up on the mercantile steps, things really get dangerous. Can Melanie and Caleb's business - and romance - survive the trouble that's about to come their way? Trouble in Store from author Carol Cox offers up historical suspense and romance in te wild west.
Page Count: 352
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jun 1, 2013
- UPC: 9780764209567
- Height: 0
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- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 346
- Publish Date: Jun 1, 2013
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042000"
- ISBN: 0764209566
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- A story of protection and care. by Kathleen E. on 8/18/13
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Trouble in Store by Carol Cox, ©2013
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
--Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB
Melanie clamped her lips together, knowing full well that her opinion wasn't really being solicited. She made a mental head count, trying to keep her consternation from showing on her face. The Templetons had two children, and the Martins three, meaning she would be riding herd on seven youngsters instead of only two.
--Trouble in Store, 9
What would you do if you were to watch seven rambunctious children out on the lawn during an outdoor party for hopes of candidacy votes? Not in their play clothes, mind you, but their best finery? Before we begin it is obvious who is going to get blamed for the turmoil that is sure to follow ~ in and out of the dining tables? Well, actually stopped short of the tables... thrown from the pony.
Clarence's lips trembled as he met his father's stony glare, and he spoke in a piteous tone. "Miss Ross told me I could."
Melanie Ross sees the end from the beginning. Packing her trunk she comes across letters.
"I've kept everything he left behind . . . . I'll keep it safe, should you choose to come out and claim it."
Signed by her deceased cousin's partner in the Ross-Nelson Mercantile in Arizona, Melanie has a way of escape.
Levi flinched."I was just lining up my soldiers."
Caleb ran his finger around the edge of his collar. "But why on . . . ? Why there?"
Levi pointed at Melanie. "She told me to."
Not again. Poor Miss Ross!
Liebestraum Music Box
Soon music is in her heart.
"Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
"He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
"With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation."
--Psalm 91:14-16 NASB
So important in Melanie's life. I really enjoyed this book and it had turns and twists I didn't expect. It had me holding my breath too for her actual escape. There was a sub-character I was suspicious of and despite clues, I didn't select the right culprit. Our protagonists sided with me. A very visual story. I was glad I wasn't along for part of it! Excellent writing.
***Thank you to author Carol Cox for sending me a copy of Trouble in Store. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received. Her Pinkerton story you will enjoy is Love in Disguise.***
- A nice comfy book by Vera on 7/20/13
Time for another good summer read. Trouble in Store takes us from the ritzy home where Melanie is governess to a bratty child into the wilds of Arizona in 1885. Melanie is feisty and digs in her heels because she wants what she perceives to be hers and she had no place else to go. But - isn't there always a "but" in a good story - there is trouble.
Trouble with Caleb who just knows he is the rightful owner of the mercantile. Trouble in the form of a dead man turning up (oops, down) on the store's back door stoop. Trouble with folks taking a disliking to them - big time. And on and on it goes.
There are scenes that will tickle your fancy and scenes that are comfortably predictable. But this is a light, summer-time read. Or a by-the-fireside wintery read. You know. A nice comfy book. There is nothing in the book to offend. There is plenty to entertain.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Trouble in Store from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.
- Great Story by dgottreu on 7/16/13
Trouble in Store by Carol Cox is a very well written Christian historical romance that takes place during the mid nineteenth century in Arizona Territory. Melanie Ross was the governess to three children and the untruthful words of the young boy led to her dismissal from the job. Being homeless and with very little money, Melanie decides to travel to the Arizona Territory to run the mercantile that her cousin left to her. When she arrives in Cedar Ridge she learns that her cousin’s partner has left his half of the store to his nephew Caleb and Caleb has no intention of sharing the mercantile with Melanie. She sets about changing displays in the store and Caleb has to admit that some of them are worthwhile. To hopefully get her out of the store and his life, Caleb convinces several of the men in town to ask for her hand in marriage. Many men propose but Melanie refuses them all and Caleb has to admit that he is glad for he is starting to have feelings for her. It appears that someone in the town does not want the mercantile to succeed and has been leaving threatening notes and soon the threats become destructive and dangerous actions.
Carol Cox did an excellent job in the development of the characters in this story. From the very first page, Melanie was like a good friend and I was almost glad that she was dismissed from the governess job for that gave her a chance to spread her wings and find happiness and love and to get away from three children that were a trial even for their mother. Even though Caleb was not very nice in his treatment of Melanie at the beginning, I was hoping that he would open his eyes and see what a great lady Melanie really was and fortunately the author gave him a change of heart early in the book. Not only did Melanie and Caleb become so real that I felt they were close friends of mine, most of the people in the town were also like old friends. There were several twists and turns in the plot line and suspense was woven throughout most of the book. The author did a great job of keeping me guessing as to which person in town was threatening Melanie and Caleb. I was somewhat surprised when the culprit was revealed for I was totally wrong. I especially like the way that the author had both Melanie and Caleb putting their trust in God and praying for help to be able to forgive others. The story has a great ending and I hope there will be a sequel.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a well written Christian historical romance set in the west in the mid nineteenth century.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- Trouble in Store Kept Me Wanting More by AngiOakley on 7/14/13
I love Carol Cox’s new book “Trouble in Store”. It has the perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, humor, romance, and a wonderful spiritual thread that runs through the story. Set in 1885, the story opens in Marietta, OH where Melanie Ross is employed as a governess. Circumstances beyond her control turn her life upside down and force her to seek new employment, as well as a home, in a new place, and she decides to follow up on a lead provided by her late cousin.
Destination: Cedar Ridge, Arizona Territory.
Melanie arrives in Cedar Ridge, hoping that the best friend of her cousin will be kind enough to give her a position at his mercantile, only to find that the man’s handsome nephew is now the new proprietor and he doesn’t seem to want her help. But Melanie doesn’t let that stop her, butting heads with the stubborn man right from the start. Yet at times, a quiet kindness surfaces, causing her to take a second look.
Caleb Nelson has been running the mercantile just fine by himself and he doesn’t need the help of an obnoxious female, intent on making a bunch of changes to his store. He tries several times to discourage her from staying, but the stubborn woman doesn’t discourage easily. Despite the fact that she gets on his nerves, Caleb sees her kindness towards others and how she seems to care about those around her, and he finds himself being drawn to her.
All the while, there are curious things going on. Mysterious happenings, threatening notes, and…a murder, each of them forcing Caleb and Melanie to work together to try and figure out who is behind them. But the real question is, will they be able to fight the growing attraction between them? Or does God have another plan?
“Trouble in Store” is a fun read and will keep you in suspense, making you keep turning the pages to see what happens next. I give it 5 stars!
- Mystery and Romance...and Trouble! by Pamela Jo on 7/8/13
"Trouble In Store" is the first book I've read by Carol Cox. It will not be the last! I enjoyed this story so much that I now want to read more by this author.
Melanie Ross is the main character in the book. She works as a governess in Ohio at the start, but is fired when she is undermined by a young boy in her charge. From there, Melanie goes west to claim a store which she believes she has inherited. She arrives to find a man named Caleb is now running the store which he believes is his.
Melanie and Caleb struggle to work together, but they find themselves drawn to each other as they face challenges in shopkeeping. Caleb tries to find a mate for Melanie so that he can be rid of her, but as a variety of men enter the scene, Caleb begins to regret his match making efforts. The mystery and suspense come into the story when they receive threats and a man is found murdered at their mercantile. Will they lose the store? Will the feelings between them grow stronger, or is Melanie too independent to involve herself romantically with Caleb? You will need to read the book to find out, and you will not regret the purchase.
This story has everything...humor, romance, and suspense! It is so enjoyable that I finished it in two days. I received a review copy from Bethany House and appreciate their generosity very much!
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