Copper Sunrise by Carol Cox


I have always enjoyed historical novels by Carol Cox and was happy to have the opportunity to read and review “Copper Sunrise”. Not only was it an excellent and riveting story but I learned quite a bit I didn’t know about Arizona’s progression toward statehood.

“Copper Sunrise” features Catherine whose independent streak has taken her from the ranch where she grew up to the city of Phoenix where she hopes to prove she can take care of herself. She quickly finds a job at a land investment company where to her delight she quickly advances.  At her workplace Catherine also meets Mitchell Brewer, an up-and-coming journalist whose assignment is to profile the influential men of Phoenix who could impact Arizona’s future. Although Catherine and Mitchell quickly form a friendship and their attraction is strong, Catherine’s increasing hours at work not only keep them apart but threaten to undermine her former values as well. As it becomes evident that some underhanded land acquisition is taking place, both Mitchell and Catherine must decide whether to face the truth and do the right thing.

Although “Copper Sunrise” was a fairly short novel, the story itself seemed pretty big. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Catherine and Mitchell develop as well as learning what choices they would make. With plenty of drama, history, suspense, and romance for most readers, this novel was a quite satisfying read.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book that was provided by the author. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Book 4 in the Arizona Brides Series

Catherine is moving from the ranch she’s always called home to Phoenix. Hoping to help Arizona achieve statehood any way she can, she starts her job at a land investment company. With a quick promotion, 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 about the most influential pacesetters of Arizona’s future. But when some of the land sales look to be 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?


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 antelope really do play–within view of the family’s front porch. Visit her website at