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Tried and True

Mary Connealy
Tried and True
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It's not easy being a civilized girl on the western frontier. While her sisters pose as men to earn respect and necessary resources, she enjoys wearing long skirts and growing her hair out. Unfortunately, since Kylie and her sisters live on property earned by serving in the ... Read More

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It's not easy being a civilized girl on the western frontier. While her sisters pose as men to earn respect and necessary resources, she enjoys wearing long skirts and growing her hair out. Unfortunately, since Kylie and her sisters live on property earned by serving in the Civil war as "boys," they have to conceal their identities to keep safe.

When local land agent, Aaron Masterson sees Kylie's hair fall from her cap, he immediately recognizes that she is, in fact, a woman. On top of that, someone is desperately trying to force Kylie off her land. Can he convince her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option?

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Page Count: 336
Released: 09/2014

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Aug 5, 2014
  • UPC: 9780764211782
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish Date: Sep 2, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0764211781

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Go West Young Man--Uh, Woman by tickmenot on 10/2/14
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Kylie Wilde and her two sisters were forced by their father to dress like men, and join the Civil War to get revenge for their brother's death. Now that the war is over, their father has bullied them to come to the Idaho Territory and claim homesteads. He convinces them to continue living and dressing like men, that way they can take the soldier exemption. The exemption allows them to subtract time served in the war from the normal five years needed to claim the land. Their father plans on combining all of the homesteads into one large ranch after they own them.

Kylie hates everything about the West. She wants to get back to "civilization" as soon as possible, and get away from homesteading. Kylie resents her father pressuring her into claiming land, pretending to be a man, and living in the middle of nowhere. She longs to dress and look like a woman, and live where fancy bonnets and tea parties are a part of daily life.

Suddenly lots of things happen to Kyle. She meets Aaron Masterson the handsome land agent, whom she must fool into believing she is a man. Next, Gage Coulter drives a massive herd of cattle across Kylie's front yard and porch, tearing everything up. He is none too happy to find she has staked a claim on land he has used to water his cattle on for years. Then Kylie is attacked by people posing as Indians that shoot flaming arrows at her cabin. Alone at night, she can feel someone watching her from the woods that surround her home. Later, she finds her cabin filled with hissing snakes. Obviously someone is trying to scare her off her land, but who?

Romance, mystery, suspense and comedy all follow Kylie as she lives out her adventures. This very entertaining book is written from a Christian point of view. It is the first in a series called, Wild at Heart, but this volume stands on its own. I have read many of this author's books, and this one is as enjoyable as her other works. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who wants a fast-paced, well-written story.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.

A fun, light hearted read with a touch of sadness by Vera on 9/21/14
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Sometimes we want to pick up a book, kick back and relax, read, and have a bit of fun while we’re at it Plunging into Tried and True by Mary Connealy tickled my funny bone, captured my attention, drove me into the settling of the wild west, and had some sweet romance thrown into the mix. This was a fun read.

The story is about the Wilde family of three grown daughters all of which fought in the Civil War at the insistence of their uncaring father, Cudgel Wilde. Dressed as men during the war, they served the army. Now their uncaring, demanding father has each of them claiming a homestead in the unsettled Idaho territory. Trouble is, they still must pass as men. So they continue wearing trousers, cropping their hair, etc. They are pretty much making this work until a land agent arrives on the scene and right away figures out these are beautiful women are wearing trousers, not men!

The plot ripens when a cattle rancher gets involved and also a trio of unsavory characters bring danger right to the Wiley ladies (oops! Men???) homes.

The story moves fast and is fun, so grab ahold of the horse's reins and ride!

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a copy by Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I was not compensated for this review.

Tried and True Was Challenging by Robin on 9/17/14
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Tried and True
Mary Connealy

Book Summary: 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?

Review: I liked the plot overall although Kylie did not pretend to be a man that long before she was found out. I had a difficult time connecting with Kylie and the over all plot. I thought a lot of the theme was sad. Their ‘Pa’ was an unlikable character. There was a lot of sadness surrounding this story that I had difficulty with. I did not expect the underlining theme to be so depressing. I liked Kylie and Aaron they were well developed and multidimensional characters. The writing was realistic, the summary lacked details that would have been more helpful deciding whether I wanted to read it. It did a good job of setting up the idea that homesteading was difficult and dangerous. Gage was very realistic as someone who used the land until homesteaders came to settle. I see at least two more books to come from this at the very least.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

Amazing Start to a New Series! by Katie on 9/13/14
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Mary 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.

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