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 people, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father's statements.
Determined to find out the real story, Amelia begins her own investigation. She's joined by Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who's been assigned to keep tabs on her for the good of the company, a man Amelia finds both perplexing and intriguing.
What they uncover stuns them both - and has far-reaching implications for not only Ben and Amelia but all of Granite Springs. Can they reveal the truth before the enemy finds a way to silences them for good?
Review: 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 something shady going on with Great Western. Left to wade through a mountain of strange and vague notes from her father and murky clues, Amelia attempts to finish her father's work and find out the truth about Great Western.
Between setting type and investigating clues, Amelia begins to spend time with Ben Stone, an employee of Great Western. Despite Amelia's initial wariness of Ben due to his link to Great Western, and the small little fact that Ben's been assigned to spend time with Amelia to get her to print a retraction on one of her father's blistering articles about Great Western, attraction starts to grow between Amelia and Ben. Ben is a trusting young man and can only see the best in Great Western - a company who is run by one of his father's best friends. A bit naive and not wanting to hear anything amiss about his employer, he is reluctant to listen to Amelia's questions let alone help her in her search.
Ben is such a sweet guy, and the sense of innocence that I got from him was quite charming. I felt a bit sorry for Ben as he gets swept up in the battle between Amelia and Great Western. Simply a loyal company man, he isn't the type of person to ever question his employers…that is, until Amelia comes along. Amelia is energetic and tenaciously focused on keeping her father's legacy of printing the truth alive - and she's determined to find the answers to her father's questions about Great Western. Amelia is one of those people who sweep all those around her into the eddies of her current.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very entertaining. Added to that, Truth Be Told also really emphasized the qualities of grace and what is means to look to God for support and the principle of truth.
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