Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Book Review ~ Trouble in Store by Carol Cox ~ 3/30/16

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 up all he's worked for. He's determined to get Melanie married off as soon as possible, and luckily there are plenty of single men in town quite interested in taking her off his hands.
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 some of her ideas for the store unexpectedly offer positive results.

But someone doesn't want the store to succeed, and what used to be just threatening words has escalated into deliberate destruction and lurkers in the night. When a body shows up on the mercantile steps--and the man obviously didn't die from natural causes--things really get dangerous. Can Melanie and Caleb's business--and romance--survive the trouble that's about to come their way?

My Thoughts:
This book started out as a fun, light-hearted read.  Then it turned into a murder mystery!
And for the life of me, I could not figure out whodunit!
Melanie was a brave heroine who traveled by herself form Ohio to Arizona.  She had great ideas for the store but had only one obstacle:  Caleb.
Caleb wasn't thrilled to have Melanie show up at the store claiming her half.  He was used to going it alone and taking care of his son, Levi, while doing so.  He definitely wasn't ready for the changes Melanie wanted to make.  He even tries to get her married off.
Levi was a six year old boy.  That should say enough right there!  The troubles he got into were sometimes hysterical!  He definitely added character to the story.
This book was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
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  1. This sounds fun! Historical fiction is always so fascinating :) Thanks for sharing! #WomenWithIntention

  2. Looks like another fun read! Have a great week/weekend!

  3. I have loved everything I've ever picked up by this author! Love in Disguise has been my favorite so far but I also really enjoyed this book! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday last week. I'm sorry I'm late getting around!


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