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Kylie Wilde fought in the Civil War dressed as a boy and now she's homesteading as a man. But she makes one lousy man! When land agent Aaron Masterson comes to inspect her claim, he immediately realizes she's a woman. She begs him not to tell, but can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government, even if she really did serve in the war?

Aaron is interested in the little spitfire from the moment her long hair falls from her cap, but when he tells her of his plan to stake his own claim, farther west and up in the mountains, she draws away. Kylie's focus is to "prove up" her homestead, sell it for a profit, move back east, and live the rest of her life in civilization.

But all Kylie's future plans are put in jeopardy when someone tries to burn her out. Who would attack her way out here? Aaron and Kylie suspect it's the local land baron--but Gage Coulter denies any involvement. He does suggest a way for Kylie to stay safe, though--marry him! More attacks scare Kylie near to death, and she can't face living on her own any longer. Should she tie her fortune to Gage or Aaron? Either choice will put an end to her dreams of a civilized life. And what if marrying doesn't stop the attacks after all?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781441264732
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Series: Wild at Heart

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Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!

Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister--and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It's a risk--they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys"--but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

"Another great laugh-out-loud historical romance with memorable characters who have charm, style, grace, and a bit of mischief."
--RT Book Reviews on In Too Deep

"Connealy's style is fast-paced and spritely and sure to keep drawing fans."
--Publishers Weekly

"With her trademark humor, Connealy weaves a delightful tale that is sure to please her fans and win new readers."
--Library Journal on Over the Edge

Author Bio

Mary Connealy is an awardwinning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romantic comedies. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her husband and enjoys spending time with her four daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.

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  1. Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Danger and romance in the Old West!
    April 15, 2015
    TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Tried & True, Wild at Heart Series #1.
    I have to start off by saying that I LOVE Mary Connealy's stories! Each successive book just seems to get better and better. Her books are funny and so much fun to read. As anticipated Tried & True was a great story!

    I loved the characters, well, all except the bad guys. The three Wilde sisters are so different and yet when things get tough they pull together. I loved Kylie's story and I'm definitely looking forward to Shannon's and Bailey's when they come out.

    Tried & True has one of the neatest covers, bright, colorful, and the neatest raised scrollwork on the corners, completely matching the great story within. Even if I didn't already enjoy Mary Connealy's writing I would probably have picked up this book based on the cover and publisher alone.

    A great western and a wonderful story! Tried & True is the first book Mary Connealy's latest series and is a must read. Don't miss it!

    (I received a copy of this book from the publisher via The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
  2. Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mary Connealy's Tried and True
    January 18, 2015
    Carol
    Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Tried & True, Wild at Heart Series #1.
    Very entertaining read!!! The story has strong, vivid, well

    developed characters situated in the wild west after the end

    of the Civil War. The author also captured the attitudes and

    social realities of the times. With the ending of the war there

    were a lot of issues and tough questions the survivors faced

    that were addressed. The author was able to weave together

    intrigue, drama, suspense, mystery, romance, shenanigans,

    historical history, deceit, betrayal, viciousness, greed, hatred

    from the past and present. The book was also filled with faith,

    friendship, trust, forgiveness and love.

    You will meet the three Wilde brothers or are they sisters??

    You will meet their pa, a land agent, a local Rancher, the

    marshal and his stepchildren, an Indian squaw and the child she

    raised and a childhood friend of the land agent.

    With flaming arrows, roofing flapping, cattle stampeding,

    snakes, whispers in the wind and the feeling of being watch,

    you will have an exciting adventure from the first page to the

    last.

    Thank you to book fun.org for this Book. My opinion is my own.
  3. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical Fiction mixed with a dash of Romance
    January 1, 2015
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Tried & True, Wild at Heart Series #1.
    Tried and True

    Wild at Heart 1

    By Mary Connealy

    Kylie Wilde is tried of pretending to be something she's not. After all she's wants to be a woman, wear dresses, have teas, and be courted. But if Pa has his way she'll be an old maid of 23 before she can even try for that kind of life.

    But when she is alone at her own homestead Kylie sees no problem with being civilized and wearing a dress. At least there was nothing wrong until the new local land agent started coming around looking for the man who had filed claim to the land. Even worse Kylie has claimed her service exemption to get time off her time requirement - a claim only men can take. But Kylie served and her exemption should be honored even if she isn't a man.

    And when Kylie's secret comes out she knows it is only a matter of time before her sisters' secret comes to light. But her big sisters are determined to go along with Pa's plan pretending to be the sons he doesn't have. If only Pa could see his daughters as they are and not as a means to create a memorial to his fallen son. But Pa seems unable to accept that Bailey, Shannon, and Kylie are girls and should be treated as such. But Kylie sees this revelation as a blessing and a chance to maybe change Pa's opinion of her.

    The Wilde women are enough to exasperate any man. And for Aaron Masterson the exasperation is worse because these "men" have filed homesteading claims using their service exemptions. Exemptions the US government won't recognize and Aaron has to uphold the law.

    But when someone tries to drive Kylie from her land - Aaron is determined to help her protect herself. And Kylie just may let him. But getting to the bottom of these attacks is Aaron's sole focus (or so he keeps telling himself). After all Kylie is determined to return to the East and civilization and Aaron determined to never return to the hate and destruction the war has left behind.

    But sometimes our hearts betray us, sending our plans awry. Enjoy some fun in 1866 Idaho Territory with Tried and True!

    Fans of Mary Connealy will enjoy this first book in her newest series. The West will never be the same when the Wilde sisters are through with it.

    I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    My Favorite
    December 26, 2014
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mary Connealy is one of my go to authors that I know I will get a great story. Tried and True I do believe is my new favorite of hers. Taking place some months after the Civil War, we have three sisters and their Pa taking advantage of the homesteading laws out west, the location of their homesteads being in the Idaho territory. The interesting part is that all three sisters had disguised themselves as men and fought in the war due to their fathers goading them in honor of their late brother. Bailey and Shannon, the two oldest, have taken their roles as men and embraced them. Kylie, the youngest however, wants to be a woman and has let her hair grow and wears skirts. She wants to be taken care of and wants to forget the horrors of the war she fought in. In steps Aaron Masterson, who also fought as a Union soldier, who is now working as a land agent for the US government. Wanting to make sure everything is legal, he finds out that Kylie is not who she says she is and there ensues a legal problem. That is only the icing on the cake as we meet other folks of the territory, those who want Kylies land and will stoop pretty low to scare her off and those who want her watering rights. Told with her trademark style infused with humor, Aaron and Kylie seem to fall into one mess after another as they are falling in love. And just when everything seems to be looking up for our characters, we get some unexpected twists and turns. Like I said earlier, I do believe this is my favorite Mary Connealy book to date. I look forward to the next two books in the Wilde sisters trilogy, especially after reading the excerpt for book two. I received my review copy from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
  5. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read!
    December 20, 2014
    Jengirl
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    KYLIE WILDE IS THE YOUNGEST SISTER and the most civilized. Hey older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It's a riskthey are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys"but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

    LOCAL LAND AGENT AARON MASTERSON is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

    MY TAKE:

    This is the first book in the Wild at Heart series written by Mary Connealy. This is the first book I have read by Mary Connealy. I enjoyed it very much I can't wait to read the next one. It did seem very unrealistic at times but that didn't bother me to much for the most part. I loved this book it was such a fun read! This story has it all: delightful characters, a twisting plot with great romance and flashes of mystery, all tie up with a bow of hiker that leaves me itching to get my hands on the next book.
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