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Land of Promise by Carol Cox
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Land of Promise

Book 1 in the Arizona Territory Brides Series

Elizabeth Simmons longs to escape the mold society has for her and realize her dreams of independence. When offered a job caring for an injured family acquaintance, Elizabeth gladly leaves her pampered life in Philadelphia behind and sets off for the newly formed Arizona Territory. However, she soon discovers the awful truth behind her new arrangement.

Michael O’Roarke stepped away from bright prospects back East in order to keep tabs on his unprincipled father in frontier Arizona. That burden, along with the demands of starting his own freighting business, claims all his attention…until he finds himself captivated by the feisty Elizabeth.

Will losing her heart to Michael undermine the independence Elizabeth has worked so hard to achieve? Or could this land of danger and hardship also prove to be her land of promise?

Refining Fire by Carol Cox
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Refining Fire

Book 2 in the Arizona Territory Brides Series

Orphaned, then traded to a saloonkeeper by her unscrupulous guardian, Jenny Davis has learned some hard lessons in life. For one thing, she knows beyond a doubt that God doesn’t love her. How could He, when He has allowed such terrible hardships to befall her? Jenny decides any happiness she may find will have to come about through her own efforts and moves to Tucson in hopes of beginning a new life.

Andrew Garrett came to Arizona Territory to scout out mining opportunities for a group of Colorado investors. He intends to finish the job he was hired to do, then return home…until he takes one look at Jenny. But digging ore out of hard rock may be easier than breaking down the walls of distrust Jenny has erected around herself.

Will a false accusation and an encounter with the law bring Jenny to her wit’s end–forcing her finally to trust God and acknowledge the love she has for Andrew?

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Road to Forgiveness

Book 3 in the Arizona Territory Brides Series

Hallie Evans has stolen Jacob Garrett’s heart. But before seeking Hallie’s hand in marriage, Jacob feels he must prove his worth to local ranchers–and himself. He’s determined to expose a ring of cattle thieves, then fight in a war for Cuba’s freedom. His plans, however, are sabotaged by Hallie’s impatient though well-meaning father, whose own attempt at revealing the rustlers leaves Jacob wounded and unable to fulfill his duty–for the community or for his country.

Hallie is torn between appeasing her hot-tempered father and realizing her love for Jacob. Somehow, she must help her father face his own demons–and help herself sort out her feelings for Jacob.

Can faith in God mend all wounds…and even allow for romance?

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Copper Sunrise

Book 4 in the Arizona Territory Brides Series

Catherine O’Roarke is striking out on her own, leaving the northern Arizona ranch she’s always called home and moving to Phoenix. Hoping to help Arizona achieve statehood any way she can, she begins her job at a land investment company. With a quick promotion and being privy to the elite, Catherine soon forgets to keep the Lord as her priority.

Mitchell Brewer, a journalist for the Phoenix Clarion, can hardly believe his luck in getting to write interviews of the most influential pacesetters of Arizona’s future. But when some of the land sales appear to be a cover for fraud, he knows he has to write the truth, even if it costs him dearly–so dearly that any future with Catherine could be gone.

Will Mitch be able to stand his ground while being faced with losing his love? Will they be able to see the Lord’s hand at work under a copper sunrise?

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Journey Toward Home (also includes bonus story The Measure of a Man)

(Carol’s first two books–available once again!)

In Journey Toward Home, brave the Santa Fe Trail along with Judith Alder, who finds herself abandoned and in want of a place to call home. But can she trust a motley crew of cowboys from the Double B Ranch?

Also includes the bonus sequel, The Measure of a Man. Raised on the Double B Ranch, tomboy Lizzie doesn’t realize her maturing charms until two men vie for her heart.

Truth Be Told by Author Carol Cox
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Truth Be Told

When Amelia Wagner takes over the running of her father’s newspaper in Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper’s commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have consequences. Her father’s revealing articles about Great Western Investment Company’s business methods have caught the notice of the wrong person, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father’s statements.

Determined to find the truth, Amelia goes through her father’s notes and begins to interview members of the community. She can’t seem to shake Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who’s been assigned to keep tabs on her for the good of the company.

The more Ben and Amelia learn, the more Amelia’s father’s claims appear to be accurate. In fact, the situation is probably worse than he realized. Even Ben is beginning to wonder if he’s become a pawn in the workings of a corrupt empire.

But Great Western isn’t about to stand for a female reporter and one of their own men bringing down their lucrative schemes. Working against time, and uncertain what danger lurks around the next corner, Ben and Amelia set out to reveal all they’ve discovered, before Great Western silences them for good.

What People Are Saying about Truth Be Told

“Sure to delight fans of the Old West.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Trouble in Store by Author Carol Cox
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Trouble In Store

Announcing the MERCANTILE MYSTERY Prize Winners!

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?

Ticket to Tomorrow by Author Carol Cox

Ticket to Tomorrow

Book 1 in the A Fair to Remember Series

Annie Trenton’s life will change forever at the 1893 World’s Fair.

When Annie and Silas Crockett–her traveling companion and the scatterbrained partner of her late husband–step off the train at Chicago’s Terminal Station, they walk straight into political intrigue. A stranger collides with Silas. . .and more than a satchel is unintentionally exchanged, drawing Annie, Silas, and a handsome rodeo rider into a world of deceptions and conspiracies. When Annie’s keen powers of observation threaten to expose devious plots, more than her exhibition plans hang in the balance. Will Annie lose her life before she has a chance to surrender her heart?

Love in Disguise by Author Carol Cox
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Love in Disguise

When costume-maker Ellie Moore suddenly finds herself out of a job in the middle of a bleak Chicago winter, she uses her knowledge of theatrical disguise to secure a position as an undercover operative with the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Her assignment: find the culprit behind the theft of silver shipped from the mines near Pickford, Arizona.

Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie begins her investigation. Soon she finds she must also pose as the dazzling young Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.

Mine owner Steven Pierce is about to lose his business after the theft of several bullion shipments–until hope arrives in the unlikely form of Lavinia Stewart, who offers to invest in Steven’s mine. In his wildest dreams, Steven never expected to be rescued by an inquisitive gray-haired widow… or to fall head over heels for Lavinia’s captivating niece, Jessie.

But then the thieves come after both Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn’t safe no matter which character she plays! Will she be forced to reveal her true identity before the criminals are caught? What will Steven do when he discovers the woman he loves doesn’t exist?

What People Are Saying about Love in Disguise

“Cox . . . has fleshed out a fascinating cast of characters that move readers through a novel that dispenses romance and wit in the intriguing context of a Wild West mystery. A most delightful and engaging read.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Fair Game by Author Carol Cox

Fair Game

Book 2 in the A Fair to Remember Series

The 1893 World’s Fair will alter Dinah Mayhew’s ambitions.

Dinah moves to Chicago, looking for excitement, a new job, and her father. She finds all that and more when she meets Seth Howell, an intriguing man and dedicated preacher. When Dinah offers to help Seth in his work with Chicago’s lower class, romance fairly blossoms. But matters take a turn for the worse when Dinah’s obnoxious cousin, Gladys, appears on the scene and begins looking for love in all the wrong places.

When Gladys suddenly disappears, a plea to the Chicago police force bears little fruit, prompting Dinah and Seth to investigate on their own. But in their search for Gladys, they find themselves Fair Game in a maze of secrecy and deception, putting their budding romance –and their very lives–at stake.

A Bride So Fair by Author Carol Cox

A Bride So Fair

Book 3 in the A Fair to Remember Series

Take a trip on a spellbinding thrill ride of intrigue and suspense at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Emily Ralston is delighted when she lands a job at the Children’s Building at the Chicago World’s Fair. When she meets Stephen Bridger, a handsome Columbian Guard, sparks of attraction singe the air.

When Stephen finds a lost boy, he delivers him to the Children’s Building to be cared for until his mother is located. But when a dead body believed to be little Adam’s mother is found, the intrigue deepens and danger grows. Can Emily and Stephen solve the deadly mystery before time runs out?

Arizona Brides by Author Carol Cox

Arizona Brides

3-in-1 Compilation of the Arizona Brides Stories

Includes: Land of Promise, Refining Fire, and Road to Forgiveness.

Hard work and difficult circumstances are a way of life for these three pioneer women. Elizabeth gladly sets off for the newly formed Arizona Territory until she discovers the truth behind her awful arrangement. Will she ever be able to find the independence she longs for? Jenny isn’t able to trust anyone after being abandoned and mistreated as a child. Will she open up her heart to romance and ultimately God? Hallie’s impatient but well-meaning father sabotages her quest for a happily ever after with Jacob. Somehow she must help her father face his own demons and allow room for romance.

Sagebrush Brides by Author Carol Cox

Sagebrush Brides

4-in-1 Compilation of the Sagebrush Brides Stories: Journey Toward Home, The Measure of a Man, Season of Hope, and Cross My Heart.

The Bradleys and Canfields are ready to tame the territories-but these young settlers are unprepared to be lassoed by love. Judith, abandoned on the Santa Fe Trail, puts her life in the hands of rough cowboys. Lizzie’s blossoming womanhood attracts two men and forces her to make a hard choice. Rachael, managing a farm and a sister, wonders who she can trust to help her. And Violet joins a rancher to find the guardian of three children, testing how far she is willing to go for a stranger.

Journey Toward Home by Author Carol Cox

Journey Toward Home

Book 1 in the Sagebrush Brides Series

The Southwest is opened to settlement and romance. 

The Bradley and Canfield families are ready to tame the historic Southwest territories – but these young settlers are unprepared to be lassoed by love. Judith Alder, abandoned along the Santa Fe Trail, must put her life in the hands of rough cowboys. Will the Bradley brothers find a place for her at the Double B ranch?

The Measure of a Man by Author Carol Cox

The Measure of a Man

Book 2 in the Sagebrush Brides Series

Growing up on the Double B Ranch has given Lizzie Bradley ample opportunity to indulge her tomboy whims. At nineteen, Lizzie has yet to realize she’s on the threshold of womanhood-though Adam McKenzie, one of her father’s ranch hands, is very much aware of her maturing appeal.

When handsome Tom Mallory makes a dramatic entry into her life, Lizzie begins to sense her own womanhood in the light of his open admiration. Tension mounts as both Tom and Adam vie for Lizzie’s favor.

Lizzie swings from elation to despair before she learn to gauge a man’s worth according to God’s standards-and to find the joy of a relationship grounded in Christ.

Season of Hope by Author Carol Cox

Season of Hope

Book 3 in the Sagebrush Brides Series

When her beloved father dies in a mine accident on the northern Arizona Territory, Rachel is left to maintain the family farm and care for her younger sister. To make matters worse, the deadline for the final mortgage payment is looming, and Rachel has no idea how she’ll come up with the money in time.

Daniel Moore owes Ike Canfield his life. Determined to pay off the debt to his deceases friend, Daniel resolved to help Ike’s daughters bring in their harvest. Though he intends only to work off an obligation, he may instead lose his heart to Rachel.

Daniel’s desire may be thwarted though, by cold-blooded businessman Hiram Bradshaw, who would like nothing better than to get his hands on the Canfield farm…and on Rachel herself.

Who can Rachel trust? Will she allow God to calm her fears in time to learn that Daniel is a man of honor?

Cross My Heart by Author Carol Cox

Cross My Heart

Book 4 in the Sagebrush Brides Series

Violet Canfield has a tender heart. Growing up, she cared for a constant stream of orphaned animals. Now, when three orphaned children show up on her doorstep, it’s second nature to protect the kids from the wild-eyed man chasing them.

Raised in the shadow of strong men, Willie Bradley believes it’s time to prove his own worth. But his new job – delivering three mischievous children to their guardian in Airzona Territory – may be too much for him. When the trio slip away from him and take refuge at Violet’s farm, he must not only try to locate their missing guardian but persuade Violet he’s trustworthy as well.

Can Violet and Willie get past their first impressions and discover each other’s true character? What does God have planned in their “chance meeting”?

If you like Carol’s Historical Novels, be sure to check out her Mysteries and Novellas & Compilations
For a complete list of Carol’s books, visit her Bibliography page.