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1.01.2015

Tried and True ~ Review

Tried and True
Wild at Heart 1
By Mary Connealy

Kylie Wilde is tried of pretending to be something she's not.  After all she's wants to be a woman, wear dresses, have teas, and be courted.  But if Pa has his way she'll be an old maid of 23 before she can even try for that kind of life.

But when she is alone at her own homestead Kylie sees no problem with being civilized and wearing a dress.  At least there was nothing wrong until the new local land agent started coming around looking for the man who had filed claim to the land.  Even worse Kylie has claimed her service exemption to get time off her time requirement - a claim only men can take.  But Kylie served and her exemption should be honored even if she isn't a man.

And when Kylie's secret comes out she knows it is only a matter of time before her sisters' secret comes to light.  But her big sisters are determined to go along with Pa's plan pretending to be the sons he doesn't have.  If only Pa could see his daughters as they are and not as a means to create a memorial to his fallen son.  But Pa seems unable to accept that Bailey, Shannon, and Kylie are girls and should be treated as such.  But Kylie sees this revelation as a blessing and a chance to maybe change Pa's opinion of her.

The Wilde women are enough to exasperate any man.  And for Aaron Masterson the exasperation is worse because these "men" have filed homesteading claims using their service exemptions. Exemptions the US government won't recognize and Aaron has to uphold the law.

But when someone tries to drive Kylie from her land - Aaron is determined to help her protect herself.  And Kylie just may let him.  But getting to the bottom of these attacks is Aaron's sole focus (or so he keeps telling himself).  After all Kylie is determined to return to the East and civilization and Aaron determined to never return to the hate and destruction the war has left behind.

But sometimes our hearts betray us, sending our plans awry.  Enjoy some fun in 1866 Idaho Territory with Tried and True!

Fans of Mary Connealy will enjoy this first book in her newest series.  The West will never be the same when the Wilde sisters are through with it.

I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book: 
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?