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?
This was another fun read fro Bethany House. It was the first one that I have read by Carol Cox and I have to say that I enjoyed her writing style. Melanie is the kind of Lady I picture I might have been back in the days of the wild west. She sets her mind to a task and goes for it, not letting anyone stand in her way and is determined to be a woman of independent thought and means. While she may have despaired at her initial loss of job at the start of the story she did not dwell on it long and picked herself up and headed off to make the best of life that she could.
Caleb and his son Levi made me laugh several times and overall this really is a fun, fast read. Again there seems to be some editing issues with the missing of the letters F in almost every circumstance like the last Bethany House read that I read, but I did get an early copy so again hopefully it is corrected in the final draft. It did not take away from the writing and plot of the book making it a good, not overly complicated read.
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