Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Trouble in Store

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 an obstinate woman with newfangled ideas ruin all he's worked for. In hope of turning her interest elsewhere, he determines to get Melanie married off, and luckily, there are many single men in town quite willing to take her off his hands.

The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn't want her to marry any of them. He's drawn to her more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store offer unexpectedly positive results.

But someone doesn't want the mercantile to succeed, and threatening words have escalated into destruction and danger. Will Melanie and Caleb's business--and budding romance--survive the trouble that's about to come their way?

My review: Trouble in Store was a fun read. In my opinion, romance and bits of murder mystery make for a winning combination (only in BOOKS, of course. I wouldn't want murder to interrupt a real-life romance, mine or anyone else's. ;)) 

Aaaanyways.... what to say?

Oh yes. A thing I loved about this book was the gorgeous Arizona setting. Mrs. Cox lives in Arizona and obviously knows what she's talking about, so that added a touch of real-life-place feel. The characters, also, were varied and colorful, from a strange professor interested in poisons, to a jealous rival shopkeeper, a snooty mayor's wife, a lonely, troublesome little boy, and of course Caleb and Melanie themselves. While not exceptional among other Christian romances, Trouble in Store is a fun afternoon's read for anyone who enjoys romance mixed in with a little bit of mystery.

My rating: 7 out of 10
Disclaimer: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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