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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?

Product Details:
Page Count: 336
Released: 09/2014
  • 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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Danger and romance in the Old West! by J. Augustine on 4/15/2015

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.)

Great read! by Jengirl19 on 12/20/2014

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 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 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.

Fun Loving Novel by Seasons of Grace on 10/30/2014

Since this was my first book by Mary Connealy, I can honestly say that I was impressed. Of course, not having read her others, I can't say it had any previous competition. The plot was intriguing with a bit of mystery and romance, and somewhat predictable (which was not a problem for me). Consequently, had it not ended as it did, it would have been quite disappointing.

I am usually one who loves a "real" fiction, with believable characters, and mostly a sense of being true to life. But I also love a good sense of humor and a book that provides me with a clean read, and something to laugh about is definitely on my "like it" list. These sisters, posing as men to claim homesteads is a interesting and fun take. Of course, a little romance added to the mix, didn't hurt it at all.

I also appreciate the incorporating of real life issues that need to be dealt with such as Aaron's deep bitterness and hate that needs to be worked through. Sometimes we can bury a problem but it will usually surface eventually. There are always those nitpickity issues that may stand out to one person or another, but overall, I think this book is worth the read if you are just looking for a fun, relaxing story.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to give a positive one.

Go West Young Man--Uh, Woman by tickmenot on 10/2/2014

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 9/21/2014

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.

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