Trouble in Store

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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 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?


For a fast-paced story full of fun, action, mystery, and love, I highly recommend you treat yourself to Trouble in Store by Carol Cox. Her delightful characters and historical accuracy provide a delightful read!

Judith Miller, bestselling author of the HOME TO AMANA series

Carol Cox has done it again! From their first meeting in the mercantile, Melanie and Caleb jumped off the page and into my heart. Their story made me laugh, cry, and fall in love all over again. Trouble in Store is a do-not-miss read!

Kathleen Y'Barbo, bestselling author of Flora's Wish and the ROCKY MOUNTAIN HEIRESS series

A sweet romance with a suspenseful touch of murder mystery makes Carol Cox's Trouble in Store a great read!

Julianna Deering, author of Rules of Murder, A Drew Farthering Mystery

One of my favorite writers has produced another winner. Complete with romance and intrigue, this book is bound to keep you turning the pages to the happily ever after.

Hannah Alexander, author of Keeping Faith

Trouble in store? You'd better believe it. The action in Carol Cox's novel, set in Cedar Ridge, Arizona, in the wild days of the Tombstone gunfights, delivers more punch than a cowpuncher's spurs, while romantic tensions grow between Melanie and Caleb to build up to a satisfying conclusion.

Eric Wiggin, author of The Hills of God and The Recluse

A spunky, determined heroine, a stubborn, clueless hero, and an intriguing mystery that pulls you in and makes your mind swirl, blend together to create a charming historical romance you'll add to your keeper shelf.

Vickie McDonough, award-winning author of 26 books and novellas

Start with the nostalgic allure of the Arizona Territory in 1885, stir in the suspense of a murder mystery, and season it with the thrill of romance. The result is the piece de resistance Trouble in Store, which you won't soon forget.

Sandra Robbins, Christian romance author

Trouble in Store grabbed me from the very beginning...a page-turner of a tale that encompasses suspense, a murder mystery, romance, and a wonderful journey of faith. The secondary characters are so richly drawn, the twists and turns of the plot so intriguing, that I just couldn't put the book down. I look forward to reading everything else by this author!

Roxanne Rustand, author of When He Came Home

The Author

  1. Carol Cox
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    Carol Cox

    Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where deer and...

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"Cox deftly balances historical and humorous details with heartfelt spirituality in this pleasant inspirational set in 1885 Arizona Territory."

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It's definitely going to please a lot of fans of western romance, especially those who enjoy a good mystery.

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