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Wild West Romance and Mystery from Carol Cox
When Amelia Wagner takes over the running of her father's newspaper in Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper's commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have consequences. Her father's revealing articles about Great Western Investment
Company's business methods have
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Bethany House (first published May 27th 2014)
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Hannah
What's really up with the Great Western? Ben, the employee, doesn't think there's anything amiss with his employer's venture to begin hydraulic mining in a small town near Prescott, Arizona. But reporter Amelia's father was sure there's something more than meets the eye about the company.

I really enjoyed this fast-paced read as the two attempt to discover what's really going on in their community. It's sat on my shelf way too long and it was high time I blasted through such a delightful early 1
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Alicia
An intriguing mystery set in the fictional late 1800s town Granite Springs. I love stories involving the newspaper world and this one had me hooked from start to finish. I thought the main character, Amelia Wagner, was sometimes too impulsive, but she grows throughout the book and realizes her mistakes. An enjoyable and exciting story!
Angi G.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Truth Be Told! Author Carol Cox has once again crafted a story filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance. Set in 1893 in the small town of Granite Springs, AZ, we meet Amelia Wagner when she comes to town to visit her father. Within a short time, her father passes away, and she inherits the Granite Springs Gazette, becoming the owner and editor of the small town’s newspaper. Her first order of business is to find out what’s going on behind the scenes at The Great Western Investment Comp ...more
Rissi
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, review
Trying new authors always suggests there is some kind of “risk” involved. Either we’ll walk away with a beautiful new story to fill our minds for times to come and a new favorite pen to share about with friends or we come away disappointed. Whatever the case, sometimes the happy medium is just enjoying an easy story. This book, the third from Carol Cox’s Bethany House line of novels, introduces us to Amelia Wagner, a smart, opinionated daughter of a journalist father. Ever since her parent’s sep ...more
Shalini Ayre
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
After tragically losing her father, Amelia Wagner stays on in the small town of Granite Springs to run his beloved paper.

It's 1893 and Amelia is expected, by her mother, to sell the press/newspaper and return to Denver, leaving the Arizona lifestyle behind her. But Amelia is not one to cowtail to peer pressure and the fact her mother wants the young woman to get married is also a good point not to move back. Instead she is determined to use her experience of working with her father, her journali
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Victor Gentile
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Carol Cox in her new book “Truth Be Told” published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the life of Amelia Wagner.

From the back cover: Sometimes the truth can be dangerous…

When Amelia Wagner takes over her father’s newspaper in 1893 Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper’s commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have serious consequences. Her father’s revealing articles about the Great Western Investment Company have caught t
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Robin
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Truth Be Told
Carol Cox

Book Summary: Wild West Romance and Mystery. When Amelia Wagner takes over the running of her father's newspaper in Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper's commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have consequences. Her father's revealing articles about Great Western Investment. Company’s business methods have caught the notice of the wrong person, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father's stateme
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Miamikel SS
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second novel that I've read from Carol Cox and I'm enamored with her writing style. In Truth Be Told, she paints a picture with her words to describe rich detail of the time period. It's as if you are walking the very streets she is writing about! Her characters of Amelia and Ben are rich with character and style and their ensuing relationship blossoms with grace.


Amelia arrives via train to Granite Springs to work with her father on their newspaper but soon finds herself on her own.
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Leah
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I love the mysterious aspect to Carol Cox’s novels. Mysteries have always intrigued me but for some reason I don’t read a lot of them.

In Truth Be Told, Amelia is arrives in Arizona for what she thinks will be a nice visit with her father. But what she doesn’t expect is to arrive and find her father on his deathbed and the newspaper now left in her hands. Amelia is determined to fulfill the motto of the newspaper in only telling the truth. What Amelia soon finds out is that she’s been left with a
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Susan
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes the Truth Can Be Dangerous” reads the dust jacket of Truth Be Told, the first novel I have read by Carol Cox. I loved it. It was one of those stories that I wish I had all day to sit and read in one sitting.

Writing is one of my passions and Arizona was where I grew up so Amelia and Granite Springs intrigued me early on. I was pleasantly surprised that Cox quickly draws her readers into the drama surrounding Amelia’s arrival to Granite Springs for another summer.

Anticipating a routine
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Rachel Rittenhouse
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Truth Be Told was a wonderful story told with such passion and excitement. Arizona is not a typical setting that one reads in a book, but I was drawn to the book by the girl who takes over her father’s newspaper.

Amelia is a girl with a strong, steadfast character. She is determined to tell the truth, just as her father, at all costs. She will do anything to make sure that she is able to print the truth.

I also love Amelia and Ben’s relationship. Though it may have started on rough soil, I loved t
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Alice
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Truth Be Told was a fast-paced story full of life lessons and the promotion of truth.
The plot in this story is very intricate and mysterious- drawing you into the adventure alongside the characters and keeping you on the edge of your seat, climaxing with a highly suspenseful "nick of time" ending.
There were many lovable characters as well as some nasty villains. An entire town is drawn together by the faithfulness of one young lady's burden to uncover the truth and carry on her fathers legacy of
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Staci
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This was my first Carol Cox novel and it will not be my last!

This novel was mystery meets romance meets western.
Jerry
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great historical mystery/drama. The story takes some surprising twists and turns, and was really engaging.
Rachel
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Lynda Edwards
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
After arriving to visit her father in the town of Granite Springs, Arizona, Amelia Wagner is shocked to learn how ill he has become and his rapid passing leaves her in charge of the Granite Springs Gazette. As she adjusts to life as the editor and publisher of her father’s newspaper, Amelia attempts to solve the mystery her father was working on when he became ill: that surrounding Great Western Investment Company’s plans for the Granite Springs community. Ben Stone, an employee at the company, ...more
Abigail
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Joanne
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Romance novel with Christian themes set in the old West. Escape fiction.
Preethi
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
When I received the book in the mail, I was excited as a newsgirl with a new printing press, but at the same time I was a nervous about whether I’d actually be able to understand the wording used in the novel. Both the cover and the synopsis led me to believe that only persons fluent in business & newspaper lingo could comprehend what was happening; luckily, I’d assumed wrong. Turns out the writing style is similar to every other Christian Romance out there based in the West, and I zipped th ...more
MrsK Books
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
It is May 1893 when Amelia Wagner returns to Granite Springs, Arizona:
"She closed her eyes to sort out the different scents tingling her nostrils---the sharp tang of pine trees growing on the nearby slopes, the pungent odors of fresh-cut lumber wafting from Martin Gilbreth's sawmill, and the fragrance of the creosote bushes that dotted the hillsides of Arizona's high desert.....
Amelia took in another deep breath, savoring the fragrance of home."

Home. There must be a good reason that Papa was no
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“When Amelia Wagner takes over the running of her father's newspaper in Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper's commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have consequences. Her father's revealing articles about Great Western Investment
Company's business methods have caught the notice of the wrong person, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father's statements.
Determined to find the truth, Amelia goes thr
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Marissa Suddreth
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
You can check out this review, among others, on my website!
Marissa H Suddreth

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Fiction: Historical, Romance, Mystery, Wild West, Journalism
Date Read: June 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 350

4.5 Stars
PG for suspense and sensual content
Recommended to 15&up

REACTION:
This book was a bit of a mystery! I assumed Truth Be Told would be somewhat predictable, yet Carol Cox adds some interesting development to her plot. Obviously, it was not like the contemporary s
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Robyn Dolan
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages
Recommended to Robyn by: bethany house/Carol Cox
Now that I’m finally back online, having weathered bad internet connections, crashed computers (plural!), a funeral and a wedding, I have to tell about a fantastic new historical fiction novel by a favorite author and friend, Carol Cox. Hot off the press, just in time for summer reading:

Truth Be Told

Amelia Wagner steps off the train for her yearly visit with her father, investigative reporter and editor of the Granite Springs, Arizona “Gazette”, A.J. Wagner. What she finds is a series of seemin
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Miss Pippi the Librarian
Amelia Wagner looks forward to spending the summer in Granite Springs. Her father lives there and operates the small town's newspaper. She reunites with her father, but quickly needs to say goodbye to the man she loves and admires. Instead of working side-by-side over the summer, Amelia takes up the reins of the newspaper. She wants to follow in her father's footsteps and only print the truth because "ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," but uncovering the truth in storie ...more
Mercy
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Back Cover:
When Amelia Wagner takes over the running of her father's newspaper in Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper's commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have consequences. Her father's revealing articles about Great Western Investment
Company's business methods have caught the notice of the wrong person, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father's statements.
Determined to find the truth,
...more
Amanda
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Truth Be Told is another solid novel from Carol Cox. She writes about a young woman who finds herself at the helm of her father's newspaper after his unexpected death. Having been out of town for some time, she is shocked to learn that a company called Great Western Investment has moved into her small town. At first glance, Great Western seems to be bringing progress and the promise of new jobs into Granite Spring and the surrounding area. However, her father was convinced that there was somethi ...more
Rachael
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was a bit hesitant about this book at first - it seems so often when a novel involves a journalist, particularly female, they are so bent on getting the story or printing "the truth" that they fail to speak truth in love, often at the expense of someone they love. Thankfully, this book does not follow that pattern. Rather than the brash, abrasive personality I was half expecting, Amelia surprised me with her sweetness, thoughtfulness, and above all honorable actions - even if it means possibly ...more
Angela
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Truth be Told is a quick but enjoyable read for historical romance fans. Most of the story hinges on suspense and mystery with a brief love story thrown in.
When Amelia Wagner arrives in Granite Springs to spend the summer with her father and help at his newspaper, she learns he is deathly ill and the story he was working on hasn't resolved. Before she can learn what he has been researching he dies, leaving the paper to her. Convinced her father was on to something big, Amelia decides to stay on
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Dana Kamstra
Truth Be Told by Carol Cox was a wonderful read filled with mystery, truth, and a bit of romance.

From Amazon:

Sometimes the truth can be dangerous...

When Amelia Wagner takes over her father's newspaper in 1893 Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper's commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have serious consequences. Her father's revealing articles about the Great Western Investment Company have caught the attention of the wrong p
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Carolyn
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Hey, Folks!

If you fancy a heavy dose of suspense mixed in with your Christian historical romance, prepare for a treat! I received Carol Cox's "Truth Be Told" from Bethany House Publishers as a result of their partnership with netgalley.com. I was gifted this book in exchange for capturing my true feelings in this post.

1893 in Granite Springs, Arizona may be an unlikely time and place to find a female newspaper editor, but Amelia Wagner is to determined to carry on her belov
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Carol Cox has an abiding love for history and romance, especially when it’s set in her native Southwest. As a third-generation Arizonan, she takes a keen interest in the Old West and hopes to make it live again in the hearts of her readers. A pastor’s wife, Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where the deer and the antelope really do play—within view of the family’s fron ...more
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