Friday, September 12, 2014

Tried and True by Mary Connealy

Let Mary Connealy take you on an exciting trip back to the wild west! Tried and True, book one in Connealy's new Wild at Heart series, is sure to entertain!

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?


Here's my review of this incredible novel:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Tried and True" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Tried and True” by Mary Connealy is the first wonderful offering in her brand new Wild at Heart series.  The Wilde sisters are not your average Colorado homesteaders.  Each of these women has taken up arms in the Civil War, and they dress like men in order to avoid harassment and qualify for the service exemption that will allow them to own their land faster.  But Kylie doesn’t really like dressing like a man.  She likes pretty things, dresses, long hair.

When Aaron Masterson, the new land agent, comes to check on Kylie’s claim, he is overcome by her beauty.  So, when she tells Aaron that her brother, Kyle, is the actual homesteader, Aaron is thrilled that he will have to return to the cabin to see Kylie again.  As the story unfolds and a plot to drive Kylie off her land is revealed, Connealy reveals that she has a knack for suspense and mystery as well as comedy and romance!

This amazing novel has all the complexities of a Shakespearean comedy, complete with mistaken identities and twisting plots.  This is a fast-paced read that entertains and feeds the soul as her characters deal with regret, confession and restoration to wholeness.

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