Tried & True - Book Review

 Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters! 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?

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Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy...with cowboys.
She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita and Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist.
She is the author of bestselling Kincaid Brides Series: Out of Control, In Too Deep, Over the Edge. Her work also includes Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy and Sophie's Daughters Trilogy.
She also wrote Ten Plagues--a romantic thriller, and The Historical Society Murders--three cozy mysteries, under the name Mary Nealy.
Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren.


I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is truly a fun book to read.  I had a great time learning the characters and all their quirks.  I love a good historical fiction as well as romantic comedy and this story delivers.

Mary Connealy takes you back to the old west.  The Civil War has ended but the bad blood still remains.  Many folks moved west after the war ended to try and start over.  It seems the author has done a good bit of research into what it might have been like to be a homesteader.  That was not an easy life.

I can only imagine what life would be like to move to a place you don't know, no friends, and perhaps no family either.  I was quite happy with how the harshness of the land and the people are portrayed through this story.  You get a real feeling for how it might have been without all the modern conveniences.  

This is a fairly quick read and an enjoyable one.  The characters are perfect in their imperfections.  Very relate-able.  The only one thing that stood out to me is that snakes are venomous, not poisonous.  I know, I know...  Picky, picky.  Seriously though, this is a wonderful story from a wonderful storyteller.  

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