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?
I found Trouble in Store to be a delightful book to read! Melanie Ross was a terrific, no nonsense kind of heroine who makes reading a book a pleasure.Throughout the novel, I admired her spirit and the way in which she got things done. Caleb was an interesting hero, particularly because he did not necessarily play by the rules. At times he was stodgy and interfering, and yet there was something about him that I just liked. I thought Ms. Cox did a fabulous job with his character. He stayed true to who he was the entire novel. I will say, though, that the romance seemed a bit lacking in the story. I could see it, but it just didn’t come together for me the way it should have. I wouldn’t have changed anything about the book, except to maybe have one more chapter added to it. As far as secondary characters go, Levi was a dear. And that’s surprising because I am not terribly fond of children in novels. The mystery was not intense, but it provided another reason to turn the pages. I also liked that the novel took place in Arizona and that the author provided tidbits that could only arise from that location. Spiritually, you see Melanie and Caleb turn to God in their troubles and their faith arises naturally out of their circumstances. Overall, it was a very good read.
**I received a copy of this novel from BethanyHouse. My opinion was not affected in any way.**