Blog Tour Review: Tried and True by Mary Connealy

Tried and True (Wild at Heart, #1)Tried and True
(Wild at Heart #1)
by Mary Connealy
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback, 320 Pages
September 2nd 2014 by Bethany House Publishers


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?

My Review

I love Mary Connealy's books! She always has these great spunky characters, lots of humor, and some nice swoon-worthy romance. I also love some of the predicaments her characters always seem to get themselves into and out of. Tried & True was no different and I was so happy that it met my expectations.

First off, I loved the plot for this story and for this new series! I loved these three sisters who were each so different. I loved how they all had been hiding as boys, or really men by now, but that they didn't fool everyone as they thought they did. It was such a fun beginning and one with so much possibility. I loved Kylie and Aaron from the get-go and could tell who was going to be pairing up with whom as the book progressed. Even knowing that and having a good idea for the other two sisters in future books, I still loved the journey of getting there. There were also some great twists in the end that kept the story moving. The ending was resolved rather easily, but it was still a great ending.

I'm really looking forward to reading about the other two sisters' stories in the next two books! Tried & True definitely held up to Mary's usually wit and charm in her books. I enjoyed the banter, the friendship and sisterhood, the slight feel of danger, the great characters, and especially the sweet romance. I would definitely recommend this to Christian romance readers. It's not one of Mary's you want to miss!

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank Bethany House through Litfuse for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Wild at Heart Series

Three sisters fought in the Civil War disguised as men. They were pressured into fighting by their father who was crazed to avenge his son, their older brother, who died in battle. After all those years, without being revealed as women, they now qualify for homesteading, with their years of fighting reducing the years needed to prove up on a homestead.

Living in western Wyoming on 160 acres each, with their father owning the fourth homestead, they have a real nice spread tucked into the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, a remote area where they can live as they please and no one needs to notice the Wilde family is made up of three sisters.

They’ve gotten away with it by staying to themselves. They homesteaded in the fall, spent the Wyoming winter mostly snowed in, but now it’s summer and they’ve avoided town. They’ll have to spend their lives as hermits to get away with this.

And maybe they could do that, except they’ve stepped on the toes of a big rancher who wants to drive the nesters off his land. Tried & True will be followed by the release of Now & Forever and Fire & Ice.

About the Author

Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

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