And...it was a good week here on the book reading home front. It was especially fun to check out another historical romantic suspense writer --the genre in which I write. Carol Cox is known for throwing in some fun intrigue along with her romance and she delivered once again.
Hero: I'm all for the troubled hero, but Caleb isn't troubled--except by the fact Melanie shows up on his storefront insisting she's 1/2 owner. That would ruffle some feathers. And ruffle it does! I think it was quirky and fun for Ms. Cox to have Caleb attempting to play matchmaker for Melanie and get her married off so his life could go back to normal. Great tension!
Heroine: Melanie is plucky and proper. I found her a little bit hard to relate to because she was so ...prim and decisive. But then, I've never been accused of being prim and proper, so perhaps the problem was not Melanie's ;). It was engaging to read a heroine who wasn't the headstrong, charge into, devil-may-care, daring and adventurous sort. While she has tads of those traits, Melanie is more dependent and precise than haphazard and wayfaring. Loved that! Refreshing to take a journey away from the a-typical heroine in a historical that defies propriety.
Plot: Can I just say I love Bethany House for allowing an author to include a dead body in their book!? I know it's sometimes edged away from, especially in historicals, but I loved it! It amped up the suspense when you include a murder and while I had a sneaking suspicion of who the villain was, it wasn't clear until they were revealed.
All in all Trouble in Store is a fabtabulous read. Worth every penny and definitely one you'll revisit again.
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And the winner of last week's Trouble at the Fair,by Deeanne Gist is ABOUTPROXIMITY! Congrats!