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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?
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Wild at Heart
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."
"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
DanniAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5The Connealy FormulaSeptember 16, 2014DanniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1Mary Connealy has a formula when she writes. Strong, witty, and funny leading ladies. Dashing heroes, with a bit of love, spunk, and danger thrown in.
While most of Connealy's books are fun to read this one just kind of fell a little flat for me. The whole book was just ok. It seemed to lack the chemistry between the characters that she usually has. Or maybe I have read this before? Whatever it is the book was just ok.
I hate giving this kind of review because normally her stuff is fun and I find myself even laughing through it. It will not stop me from reading the rest of the series though, maybe they will get better from here.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Joline Urbanwestern PAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Tried and True by Mary ConnealySeptember 14, 2014Joline Urbanwestern PAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Tried & True by Mary Connealy
Mary Connealy has a new series called Wild At Heart. Set in Idaho Territory in 1866, the series centers around the Wilde Sisters who have served their time in the Civil War and now they have applied for a homestead using their Union Soldier Exemption. Their father had convinced them to enlist as soldiers after their brother was killed in battle, and now has each of his three daughters on their own homestead. Book 1 begins with Kylie the youngest of the three sisters. She only wants to stay out west long enough to fulfill her homesteading contract. While dressing like a man has some benefits when it comes to building her cabin, and helping care for her sister Shannon's sheep, she longs for the day of attending tea parties and balls wearing beautiful gowns back East. When local land agent Aaron Masterson rescues her from a potential fall off her roof, he realizes Kylie's true identity. Now his conscience is torn between reporting her for fraud or protecting her from the single men in town that either want to marry her or run her off her land.
This novel has all the action of a western romance as well as some comedy. I enjoyed the banter between Kylie and Aaron and the closeness of the three Wilde sisters. Mary Connealy has intertwined the historical facts of the time period too so that I learned about the ways of western homesteading. Mary Connealy has an excerpt from Book 2 available at the close of this book. I look forward to reading Shannon's story in Now and Forever. Thank-you Bethany House Publishers for providing me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
footballgal4 Stars Out Of 5Amazing Start to a New Series!September 13, 2014footballgalQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Mary Connealy rocks the first book to her new series. This is certainly worth the buy/read. I really did enjoy this book and it has became a Mary Connealy favorite of mine. The book is a quick but very fun read. It has a bit of mystery/suspense and pulled me in from the start just as most of her books do. Of course it has its funny parts as well. Though not as funny as some of her other books but honestly I liked the more serious side of this one with more serious talk about God. Also, I have to brag just a little bit on the cover of this book, it is absolutely stunning! The scrolling on the sides, top and bottom are beautiful. Not to mention the back of the book with the gorgeous scenery. Whomever designed this cover in my opinion did an amazing job!
Aaron Masterson is the hero in this story. I liked his character very much. He is a kind, caring, strong and a gentle soul. He stood up for those he loved but he was also very scared and feared losing those he cared for as well. His vulnerability was something that drew me to him in a way, you really do not read that many stories where the hero is vulnerable, such as sharing personal hurt and pain with another character. But Aaron did and that was one thing I really loved about him. He of course had his faults, like running away from his hurt, but this displays so much of what we do today when we are hurt from things others do or even our pasts. We tend to run away from everything instead of facing out troubles head on with God's help. Over the course of the book this is what Aaron learned and I loved his journey, I think we can all learn a little bit from him.
Kylie Wilde is the heroine in this story. She fought in the Civil War dressed up as a boy so as you can tell she has spunk. The story-line of her and her sisters fighting in the Civil War was very interesting and I hear this really happened in history many times. So this was a very great book full of riveting historical detail. One thing I liked about Kylie is that even though she may have not been happy about something, for the most part she acted selflessly and went with what others wanted and not what she wanted. To a fault most of the time. But I still loved her giving attitude. Though I did love it when she started standing up for herself and speaking her opinion no matter what others thought. She also had her faults (but I find that the faults are the most beautiful things of the stories) like letting her father guilt her into what he wanted and not listening to her gut feelings. We could all learn a thing or two from Kylie! Another thing I did love about her is that even though she loved the feminine things of life (such as dresses and tea parties) she wasn't afraid to work or just be partly tomboy even though she is a grown woman.
One thing I loved about them both is their walk with God as they both learned to trust Him again and be washed anew.
I highly recommend this well written book for a fast paced western read with its humor and seriousness. All in all I give this book 4 stars!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are mine.
SavannaAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A fun new series!!September 12, 2014SavannaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This story sparked from the very get-go and kept me highly entertained and smiling through each chapter that passed. Everyone loves a good cowboy story, right? ;) In this novel, however, the cowgirls steal the show. This series introduces us to a trio of sisters as unique as they are endearing. Readers will be easily charmed by the brilliant, engaging storytelling. I certainly was. ;)
I loved the heroine the youngest Wilde sister for all her girly ways. She has a tough exterior and has definitely endured great hardships along the way, yet she continues to dream for a life with finer things. Kylies a stubborn spitfire when she needs to be and at other times plays the perfect damsel-in-distress. ;) Aaron plays the perfect kind of knight-in-shining-armour. Strong, kind, handsome but wounded and cautious as well. Their relationship unfolds nicely and will satisfy all you romantic-at-hearts like me.
This book surprised me at many times in many good ways. Sudden dangers, romantic tension, and a memorable cast of characters lit up more than a couple pages for me. And with undeniable wit and great phrasing, the story never once seemed to stall. It just kept building and carried me along for the ride with it. And yes, I enjoyed the time table of the story, with its roots set back in the Civil War.
Its been awhile since Ive read a Mary Connealy book. After reading this one, Im on the lookout for every other story of hers I can find!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher for my copy.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Great Start to a New Series!September 12, 2014Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tried & True is the first book in Mary Connealys Wild at Heart series. This is a series you are not going to want to miss! It is about three sisters who are homesteading in the Idaho Territory not long after the Civil War. These sisters are attempting to homestead as men for reasons you will learn about as you read the story. It is a great set up and, after reading this first book, I am really looking forward to the next two in the series.
Kylie Wilde is the heroine in Tried and True. It honestly took me a little time to warm up to Kylie and connect with her. But once I did, I really enjoyed seeing how she viewed the world. She is strong and has had to be many times in the past. But she really doesnt want to live this harsh life. She yearns for tea parties and bonnets. The last thing she plans to do is end up with a man who plans to homestead in the area. I like Kylie and her sweet heart toward Aaron as she begins to get to know him.
Aaron Masterson is running from some very painful memories. Not only memories from the war, but especially hurtful ones from just after the war, when he returned home to Virginia. Now he is looking for a new start out west where he can set up his own place and put all of the pain behind him. I love how strong and morally steadfast he is. I also love how he begins to fall in love with Kylie right from the very beginning.
There is danger in this book as well. There are a few different people who want Kylie off the land. It soon becomes clear that someone may want to hurt her, but who exactly is she in danger from?
I really enjoyed meeting the Wilde sisters and look forward to reading Susannah and Baileys stories in future books.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
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