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?
Trouble in Store by Carol Cox was an enjoyable novel that was sweet and quick to read. The plot line was had instances of humor, sadness, suspense, danger, and of course, romance. Even though the novel was a quick read, I was still held in suspense until the very end on who was behind all the threats. The story was told mainly from the perspective of Melanie with quite a few chapters also told from Caleb's point of view. The characters of Trouble in Store were realistic and fairly well developed. I liked that both main characters showed faith and trust in God and grew in their relationships with God and each other as the novel progressed. Melanie and Caleb also had different character flaws that they had to pray and work through. Levi, Caleb's young son, was adorable and very mischievous. I enjoyed the romance that developed between Caleb and Melanie even in the midst of other characters' attentions and as danger and tensions surrounded them.
Overall, I found Trouble in Store to be an interesting novel that was easy and enjoyable to read. I would definitely recommend both of Carol Cox's novels (the first is Love in Disguise) to readers who are looking for suspenseful romances to enjoy.
I received this eBook from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.