Friday, October 24, 2014

Tried and True by Mary Connealy

Tried and True
Love a western with a little mystery and romance - then grab a copy!

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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About the Author:
Mary ConnealyMary Connealy is an award-winning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romances. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her cowboy husband and has four daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more at
Connect with Mary via:
Twitter @maryconnealy 
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to give a positive one.
My Thoughts:
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. 

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