Idaho Territory, 1866, The Civil War has ended, but the charade has not. Kylie Wilde and her sisters Shannon and Bailey lived as men throughout the war. And at their father's command, are now homesteading as men.
Tried & True is a gripping journey about forgiveness and finding true identity. Kylie's demanding Pa is sick with grief over the loss of his son and does not know how to take care of, or love his daughters for who they are. Powerful cattleman, Gage Coulter, would like nothing better than to reclaim Kylie's land as his own. Aaron Masterson is captivated by Kylie from the moment they meet. But Aaron wants to live a life in the mountains and Kylie longs for the civilization of the East. Attempts to scare her off her land by persons unknown, opens doors Kylie never dreamed of. Throughout her journey, her faith is tested and tried. But she stands strong and remains true to herself.
It was next to impossible for me to put this book down. I was transported to the mountains of Idaho in the height of the land rush every time I began to read. Feeling the fear, the love, the determination that Kylie felt. It was all very captivating. I am especially grateful to Mary Connealy for the way she is able to portray a Historical Fiction "Romance" very tastefully. I am excited to read the rest of the series!
I received a complimentary copy of Tried & True from the publishers, Bethany House Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Mary Connealy wrote Tried & True, Now & Forever and Fire & Ice. Each book covers one of the three Wilde sisters. Each sister fought in the War Between the States and when land became available for time served in the war, their father dragged them all west to build an empire. But the Wilde sisters have to pose as men, just like they did in the war, or they will lose their land. Plan is working well till the local land agent finds out the youngest sister is actually a woman and not a man.
I like Mary Connealy books. They are what I term a "light" read. Fun, enjoyable, but not too serious or detailed like murder mysteries, non-fiction, etc. Lot of nights with little sleep since the books are fast paced and I didn't want to stop reading!
"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.
This 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.
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.)