Truth Be Told by Carol Cox

Amelia Wagner arrives at her childhood home in Arizona during the summer of 1893 to find her father in need of someone to run the city’s paper. Due to her father’s staunch belief in printing only the truth, a rarity for newspapers during this time, Amelia explores the suspicious activities of the Great Western Investment Company, intent on exposing their behaviors to the good citizens of Granite Springs. However, her digging attracts the attention of the wrong people and she suddenly finds herself in more danger than she expected. In addition, she cannot seem to shake the companionship of Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who has been assigned to keep watch of her actions for the company. In her quest to discover the truth, Amelia must learn what is truly important before it is too late.

Truth Be Told has fantastic historical detail, the researched setting a perfect backdrop for the complex plot. This description of setting and events, however, takes precedence over development of the characters and their personalities. Relationships are formed quickly and in a somewhat disconnected manner. Yet the storyline is interesting and has just enough suspense to keep the reader’s attention until the end of the novel. Although some parts may be predictable, the ending has some surprises that are enjoyable. This book is recommended for those who like historical fiction with a bit of romance sprinkled throughout the plot.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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