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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
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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
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Delightful and Comedic Western Tale!August 23, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"Wild at Heart" is an appropriate description of Mary Connealy's newest series, especially when the tales surround a trio of sisters, with the last name as Wilde. Never mind that they disguise themselves as brothers, but who in their right mind could mistake these exotic beauties as trail seasoned cowboys with their alluring eyes, tiny figures, and dainty hands; conveniently covered in britches, hats, and gloves? Land agent Aaron Masterson isn't fooled for one minute when the youngest member of the Wilde family literally falls off her house and into his arms.
What was old man Wilde thinking; leaving his daughters on homesteads of their own, to fend for themselves and fight off irate land owners? And what about their tales of fighting in the war and deserving their soldier's two year exemption on their parcels of prime Idaho farm land? Aaron Masterson has his hands full, especially when Kylie Wilde is determined to leave the frontier if he requires her to remain on her property for five years instead of three. On top of that complication is the fact that someone is determined to scare Kylie out of her wits, with fiery arrows and coiling reptiles.
Enjoy this delightful and often comedic story about life and love when "boy meets girl" where least expected . . . .at the edge of a roof.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5romanceJune 2, 2015ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a fine western historical romance. I love the Wilde sisters. I agree that pants are way more comfortable than dresses. Kylie seemed a little too girlie at times for a person who lived through two years of war as a guy but I still liked her and I liked Aaron. They were great together. I received this book from book fun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Danger and romance in the Old West!April 15, 2015TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I 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.)
CarolLebanon, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Mary Connealy's Tried and TrueJanuary 18, 2015CarolLebanon, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Very 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
Thank you to book fun.org for this Book. My opinion is my own.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Historical Fiction mixed with a dash of RomanceJanuary 1, 2015Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tried 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.