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.)
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.
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.
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?
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.