Saturday, July 20, 2013

Trouble in Store by Carol Cox

ISBN: 978076429567
About the book:  After losing her position as a governess, Melanie Ross turns to her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. Unfortunately, Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile…and he’s not interested in sharing.

However, Melanie and Caleb are forced to set aside their differences when someone starts sabotaging their store. And as they spend more time together, Caleb begins to realize that Melanie could be the perfect partner for him, and not just in the mercantile. But will their business—and their budding romance—survive the trouble ahead?

My thoughts: Time for another good summer read. Trouble in Store takes us from the ritzy home where Melanie is governess to a bratty child into the wilds of Arizona in 1885.  Melanie is feisty and digs in her heels because she wants what she perceives to be hers and she had no place else to go. But - isn't there always a "but" in a good story - there is trouble.

Trouble with Caleb who just knows he is the rightful owner of the mercantile. Trouble in the form of a dead man turning up (oops, down) on the store's back door stoop. Trouble with folks taking a disliking to them - big time. And on and on it goes.

There are scenes that will tickle your fancy and scenes that are comfortably predictable. But this is a light, summer-time read. Or a by-the-fireside wintery read. You know. A nice comfy book. There is nothing in the book to offend. There is plenty to entertain.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Trouble in Store from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.

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