Trouble in Store, by Carol Cox

book coverFired 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?

He’s got a child with a penchant for mischief and a need for attention. She’s a former governess whose previous charge was a troublemaker. It should be a perfect match, but Melanie didn’t come to Arizona to be a governess again. She’s determined to be a partner in her late cousin’s mercantile business and she wastes no time in making her intentions known. But someone wants her – and the store’s current owner, Caleb – gone. They can ignore the anonymous threatening notes, but finding a dead body on the back step is an entirely different matter.

Trouble in Store is a novel about finding home. Melanie has no living relatives, but quickly falls in love with the town and its rugged surroundings. Despite her disagreements with Caleb over the running of the store she’s happy and relieved to be in a different position. Caleb came to Arizona from Missouri after his wife died in childbirth. When they are suspected of multiple murders it seems as though it’s the two of them against the rest of the town, and it’s this that ultimately draws them together.

Thank you to Bethany House for my free copy of Trouble in Store, which I received in exchange for an honest review.

Read the first two chapters of Trouble in Store

Author Q & A

Publisher: Bethany House

Publication Date: 01 June 2013

Page Count: 352

Read more on:   Carol Cox’s Website   Bethany House’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble     

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