Since this was my first book by Mary Connealy, I can honestly say that I was impressed. Of course, not having read her others, I can't say it had any previous competition. The plot was intriguing with a bit of mystery and romance, and somewhat predictable (which was not a problem for me). Consequently, had it not ended as it did, it would have been quite disappointing.
I am usually one who loves a "real" fiction, with believable characters, and mostly a sense of being true to life. But I also love a good sense of humor and a book that provides me with a clean read, and something to laugh about is definitely on my "like it" list. These sisters, posing as men to claim homesteads is a interesting and fun take. Of course, a little romance added to the mix, didn't hurt it at all.
I also appreciate the incorporating of real life issues that need to be dealt with such as Aaron's deep bitterness and hate that needs to be worked through. Sometimes we can bury a problem but it will usually surface eventually. There are always those nitpickity issues that may stand out to one person or another, but overall, I think this book is worth the read if you are just looking for a fun, relaxing story.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to give a positive one.
This is the first in the Wild at Heart series, what a great start.
Kylie Wilder is the youngest of three sisters who have been dressing as men to serve in the war and must continue to do so to earn the special homesteading exemptions. Kylie however is tired of living in pants and enjoys being a girl. She misses civilization yet is determined to do her time and let her family then claim her homestead. She never planned for Aaron Masterson to figure out so quickly she was a girl, nor did she expect the feelings he would stir.
Land agent Aaron Masterson is just trying to do what is expected till the land rush is over then plans to move further into the wild and start a homestead. When he discovers things are not what they appear, he must do what is right. He never expected to find the prettiest woman he has ever seen fall into his lap. Will he be able to protect her?
When things start to happen on Kylie's homestead will they be able to find out who is behind it before it gets to dangerous?
I loved the spunky, determined, yet womanly character of Kylie and the chemistry between her and Aaron. This book is filled with great description, spunk and a wonderful story that will keep you interested. There are many twist and turns in the book that keep you guessing. I can't wait to read book 2, Now and Forever.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read good clean christian historical romance. I was given a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
Mary Connealy is one of my all time favorite authors. I love her characters, stories, and spunk! This story was no exception. Written in Mary's signature style, this story is witty, light-hearted and a ton of fun. The dialogue, especially between Kylie and Aaron, is laugh-out-loud funny. I especially loved the danger and twists the story presented.
Kylie is an unusual character. Many of the characters Mary Connealy likes to write about are unconventional women in the west. However, Kylie Wilde is unique in that she masqueraded as a man, but longs to dress and be like a woman. I loved that about her, though at times, it could be annoying because it seemed she didn't have a logical thought in her head. Aaron is your typical "hero" male figure. He's strong, handsome, and falls madly in love with Kylie right away. Their story was so much fun to read.
The message of the story is deep and woven expertly throughout. I wouldn't have expected such a strong message in such a light-hearted story. Each character, Kylie, Aaron, and Nev, must come to learn this lesson. Aaron says it best here, "So long as you're alive, ... and no matter how bad life is, there's hope. Things can get better. You can still find happiness in this life and prepare for peace in the next." How can we do that, you ask? Trust in God to take care of you and lean on Him in the hard times. Each of these characters faced the brutality of the Civil War, and each of these characters suffered mightily for it. With God's help, though, they each have hope!
Overall, this story brought me on a wild ride with the Wilde family, and I look forward to getting to know the rest of this fantastic family!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Bethany House blogging program in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
Saddle up for the latest ride by Mary Connealy through the Wild West. This time, the western adventure involves the three Wilde sisters who, due to pressure from their father, posed as men to join in the fighting during the Civil War. When the war was over, they were pressured to continue posing as men to claim the special veterans exemption to homestead in the West. Land agent, Aaron Masterson, immediately recognizes their secret and changes their application to reflect the fact that they are women. That is not the end of their trouble. Someone is trying to get their land and the youngest sister, Kylie, finds her life threatened. Aaron also finds that the bitterness and hatred that he thought he had left behind in Virginia may also be in Idaho Territory.
This is a signature Mary Connealy novel: wild west, interesting heroines , brave heroes, and a supporting cast of colorful characters. This is the first novel in the series, so readers can look forward to the further adventures of the Wilde sisters.
I received this from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Kylie Wilde is the youngest daughter of Cudgel Wilde. When their older brother is killed in the Civil War, Cudgel insists the girls pretend to be men and fight in the war to avenge their brothers death. The sisters survive the war and their father then talks them into filing for homesteads in the west, again pretending to be men.
Kylie doesnt like wearing britches all of the time and lets her hair grow long. Land agent Aaron Masterson goes to check the homestead and discovers Kylie is a female! (Only males were allowed the Civil War homesteads.)
Kylies dream is to go back east where she can shop for hats and attend tea parties. Aaron wants to go farther west and live in the mountains. But there is a definite attraction between the two. When someone tries to force Kylie off her land, can he protect her?
I enjoyed this historical story which is the first in the Wild at Heart series.