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Trouble in Store

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  961 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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 s
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Trouble in Store was an entertaining read. As I expected going in, I found the story fun and enjoyable. I didn't expect the thread of suspense in the story, but I absolutely loved it (even if I did kind of suspect who was behind the murders).

I liked the characters and I also liked the whole setting of the store. It was fun to see them clash over things regarding the store and yet he's realize sometimes that her ideas made sense. I also thought the romance was sweet.

All in all, Trouble in Store w
Trouble in Store is a light read with a mystery and a mild romance at its center. I thought the setting was very well done; I really got a feeling for the town of Cedar Ridge and the landscape of Arizona. The story felt firmly set in its place in history. I really enjoyed the mercantile setting as well. I loved reading about the now historical items that customers bought then, particularly the tonics and remedies that they put such trust in. At times, the interactions in the store were quite com ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-challenges
The heroine ruined this book for me. I couldn't stand the way she treated the hero in the first half of the book, and it only got slightly better in the second half. She pushes her way into supposedly helping him with the store, then takes over. She doesn't listen to him and implements her ideas without talking to him. She acts like he has no idea what he's doing, when he has successfully run the store for quite awhile. It really annoyed me.

I didn't finish the book when I first started it. The o
Shannah Mauney
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewd-on-blog
I thought this book was fantastic. I was excited to receive this book for free from Bethany House Publishers. The description sounded very intriguing! Mystery, danger, intrigue, romance, and all in a good, clean Christian book... it was right up my alley! I was not disappointed. Trouble in Store by Carol Cox is a fantastic book with in-depth characters and a great plot.

Melanie Ross feels like her world is breaking around her. After being abruptly fired from her position as a governess, she doesn
3.5 stars.

A light, engaging mystery set in historical Arizona. Melanie Ross goes to northern Arizona after losing her job, to the mercantile her cousin and his longtime friend and partner owned. Only, to her surprise, the partner has also died, and the partner's nephew thinks he owns the place outright. Melanie has nowhere else to go and thus hangs on tenaciously to her claim as half-owner, since she is her cousin's heir.

And then strange things start happening, followed by a murder literally on
Trouble in Store is a cute romance/mystery. l thought the characters could have caught onto a few things long before they did. It bothers me when characters are dumbed down to keep the mystery going. More character development of some of the characters would have been nice too. It was a fun read though.
Amanda Caldwell
Trouble in Store is the story of Melanie who is an Ohio governess with a very tricky child under her care. After an accident which she is blamed for, she is fired from her job with seemingly no where to go. She then remembers a letter from her deceased cousin which compels her to move to Arizona with the intent of claiming her cousin's belongings and hopefully being invited to live and work at the store he co-owned. Once she arrives there she finds her cousin's partner's nephew is actually in ch ...more
When she loses her job as a governess, Melanie Ross heads to Cedar Ridge in the Arizona Territory to claim half of her cousin’s store, as promised by his partner, Alvin Nelson. But when she arrives, Alvin is dead and his nephew, Caleb, has no desire for a business partner, especially not one of the female variety. When Melanie discovers a dead body on the back step, and they begin to suspect there might be more trouble in store… (sorry, but I couldn’t resist the pun). The murder then forms the f ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another amazing story from Carol Cox!

Carol did a great job pulling me right into the story with the first chapter. Melanie is such an easy character to like despite her stubbornness and slight impulsive behavior. Even though I knew misfortune would befall her early on, I still hurt right alongside her. I loved her desire to improve the mercantile; however, I'm not sure her methods were the proper way to get what she wanted. Ha! Ha!

Caleb is a fabulous hero! He's such a great father to his son, Le
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Melanie Ross is fired from her position as a governess, she cuts her losses in the city and heads to Arizona, where she hopes to find the mercantile she inherited from her cousin. Yet, things aren't as she expected once she arrives. Caleb Nelson is positive that he inherited the mercantile from his uncle, and he's not to thrilled to find this beauty insisting she should run the store. Caleb comes up with a fool-proof plan - get Melanie married off! As more and more would be suitors walk thr ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you like historical fiction that takes place in the old west with romance, mystery and good characters thrown in, Trouble in Store will definitely fit the bill. This was a quick read that I finished in one day. Loved the sparks between Melissa and Caleb and the additional town characters rounded out the story nicely. This is my first read by Carol Cox and I will look forward to reading more of her works.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I enjoyed this book a lot. It had a bit of almost everything that appeals to me in a book - a murder mystery, romance, action and adventure, a bit of humor.

I liked Melanie as a heroine. She was rather feisty and I liked that she stood up for herself. I didn't like Caleb as much but the interplay between the two of them was pretty good.

I thought Levi was a cute little kid and I liked all the trouble he got into.

It wasn't the best murder mystery I've ever read but it was still good and I liked
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Melanie Ross, a family-less young woman living in 1885, is forced to pull up her roots and move across the country to Arizona. Hoping to find grace in the eyes of her dead uncle's business partner, she is shocked to find that he, too, has passed on and in his place stands his nephew...who is also quite ready to stand in the way of Melanie's success in her new home. Thrown together through their work at the mercantile and surrounded by a string of suspicious situations, they must forge together t ...more
Trouble in Store by Carol Cox was an interesting read. Right off the bat, I sympathized with Melanie and her difficult situation. She was a likeable heroine and the ending where she faced the villain was enthralling and frightening. However, I did not connect to her as much as I wanted to.

Caleb didn't seem to have as much personality, other than being rude to Melanie, missing his wife, and loving his son--all of which has been used before, countless times. There was nothing particularly fresh o
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Trouble in Store a novel by Carol Cox

Melanie Ross is a governess because she likes small children and it is a good way to support herself. In earlier days there were not too many ways for a young woman to do that. Being a governess was short-lived when she was fired abruptly and told to leave...NOW

Melanie sifted through the few items she had from her family as she packed with tears rolling down her cheeks..."Where will I go"? Her hands picked up a forgotten letter and as she reread the old words
Kayla Finley
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I’m writing this review in exchange for receiving a free copy of this book through Netgalley!

This book, while okay, wasn't gripping. It's an easy, light read - which is often welcome. But I found myself wanting a little more, and didn't get it.

We have a heroine in a bad situation, realizing that she’s not really cut out to be a governess but can’t do anything else. She gets summarily canned, without a reference, but wait! She suddenly finds out that there’s a place for her to go out west. Using
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't know what made me pick up a second book by this author. A sense of the ridiculous, I think. I finished Love in Disguise because I told myself it couldn't get any more absurd. But it did! Picking up Trouble In Store was a continuation of that. A sense can't get any more silly, can it?
But I think it did.
Positives....this book was clean, lighthearted, and there was no giant Come To Jesus Moment where everything Suddenly Works Out. The characters' moral character stayed consistent t
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was the first of Carol Cox's books that I've read and I have to say, It was a fun read.

I loved her characters. They were each well balanced and lovable. This book was a quick read but I really enjoyed it. There was mystery and romance and a bit of comedy thrown in there to balance everything out.

The only thing that I didn't like was that it didn't have enough of a faith message. By the end of it, I found myself almost trying to read between the lines and find a take away message that I coul
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-read
Very good read! A cute little love story mixed with enough mystery that is was hard to put down! Melanie is all on her own and considers the store an answered prayer. Caleb is raising his son alone and also considers the store an answered prayer, but doesn't believe Melanie is included in the answer. Caleb is determined to prove that he can do it alone, but Melanie is just as determined to prove that he needs her help. As they learn to work with each other, they begin to see how much they both a ...more
Rebecca "Rebaka" Lewis
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Melanie and Caleb is part owner of a store. Can the closeness that they are finding with each other survive? Check the rest of my review this week at

Trouble in Store has romance, humor, mystery and suspense all rolled up into one fantastic book.

Carol’s characters have depth to them that makes them seem real and connects with the reader.

Trouble in Store was given to me by NetGalley and Bethany House for a honest review
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian fiction, western, mystery
I had to give this 5 stars. The author did a fantastic job at setting up the mystery aspect of this story and the life lesson was one I needed to hear right now. Along with that, the characters were lovable, the descriptions humorous, and the bit of romance sweet. I look forward to more from Carol Cox.
A bit slow at the start, but once I got into it (which didn't take too long) I really enjoyed it.
Rachel Brand
An orphan who barely knew her parents, Melanie Ross has worked as a governess following the death of the grandparents who raised her. Although she doesn’t love her position, she’s devastated when she’s fired. Who else can she turn to? Her last living relative, a cousin residing in Arizona, had always told her she had a place in his mercantile—but now that he’s dead, Melanie isn’t sure where to go. Hoping that her cousin’s business partner will take her on as an employee, Melanie spends her last ...more
Ellen White
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Melanie was to undertake the control of seven young children at a party that was geared to a political nomination from the guests. To play outside, only gave fuel to the mayhem, as only children know when outdoor. Being her employees didn’t get results they wanted, the children were suppose to be prime and proper, she got fired, Going to an uncle to help in the mercantile store,to find he is deceased. The two that started the place, left it to cousin’s. With her changing things in the store, can ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
There was a little bit of a mystery involved in this romance. A bit of the usual with a twist. Melanie moves west and when she gets to town and tries to stake her claim in the general store Caleb tries to drive her away with a few schemes. But then things start to get a bit crazy with a few break ins and a dead body. Who is behind the problems? Instead of driving Caleb and Melanie apart it pushes them closer together as they try to solve the trouble and keep the town from mobbing their store.
Shellie Nicholson
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I had trouble with this one, I won't lie. The heroine irritated me most of the beginning of the book, and the hero seemed like a push-over. The mystery was intriguing, and I wanted to find out what was going on so I kept reading. I admit that I'm glad I did. The second half, the characters improved and the mystery of what was going on got even more interesting. I liked how it was all wrapped up. Maybe this book wasn't my cup of tea, and I do plan to read more of the author.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swoon worthy

You can’t help but relate to Melanie if you have ever had to deal with children. Very strict but oh so loving. Life throws obstacles at each and everyone of us. Caleb was struggling but yet held it together. He jus5 didn’t know what he and Levi really needed in their life.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. It finished more strongly than it began, but since I actively disliked the main female character for more than half the book I’m knocking it down to a 2.

The storytelling felt flat until the last bit of action.

I remain unconvinced that the main character would be a kind, loving mother (or a kind, loving governess, for that matter...). A bit of humility could have gone a long way.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story, fun and amusing characters, mystery, suspense and some sweet, tender moments. I really enjoyed reading this story. I look forward to reading some more books by Ms. Cox.
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