"Truth Be Told", by Carol Cox, is a suspense filled Christian novel, with a side of romance, which takes place in the late 1900s Wild West. When Amelia Wagner heads out on a trip to visit her father in Granite Springs, Arizona, a whole world of uncertainty awaits her. Instead of balking at the challenges and succumbing to her fears, she pushes forward taking control of the local newspaper and vowing to uncover the truth behind what is happening to the town.
Never having read a book by Carol Cox, I had to idea what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. Some historical fiction I have read in the past had felt a bit bogged down with dates, places and facts. This book didn't feel that way at all. In fact, the suspense kept me turning the pages late into the night. Even though the town that the book is based on is fictional, the business of what it was like to run a newspaper in the late 1800s seems very much based in fact. The book is well researched and I found myself wanting to look even deeper into what the machinery would have looked like.
The characters are well developed and regularly draw strong emotions out of the reader. Just when I thought I could predict what would happen, another jaw dropping turn of events would occur, drawing me in even further.
I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys Christian historical fiction, especially if you enjoy books based in the Old West. If you haven't read any books in that genre before, this would be a great place to start. Except for the fact that it will leave you with high expectations for whatever you read next in the genre. :)
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.