Friday, 19 September 2014

Review - Tried and True by Mary Connealy

Tried & True
Wild At Heart, Book One
by Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Pub. Date: September 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-0764211782
Pages: 320
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Now available to own on paperback and as an eBook is book one in the Wild At Heart series, titled Tried & True. The book is written by one my favorite authors, Mary Connealy. At first glance at the cover, I actually thought the book would have a contemporary setting, but instead it has a post-Civil War setting.

Tried and True centers on Kylie Wilde, a civilized young woman, who just happened to have served in the Civil War as a solider. Kylie and her two older sisters exchanged their skirts for trousers and pretended to be "boys" during the war. While her sisters continue the charade, so they can keep the special exemptions for serving in the war, Kylie has grown out her hair and has started wearing dresses again.

It doesn’t take Kylie long to get the attention of the local land agent, Aaron Masterson, who becomes instantly fascinated with her. As she gets closer to him, she reveals her deepest secret of serving in the Civil War. Being a civilized citizen, Aaron has the responsibility to inform the government of Kylie and her sister's fraud, but he doesn't want to risk the chance of losing her.

While I was aware that there were a few women who dressed as soldiers and spies during the Civil War, I never heard of a three sisters doing this, but wait a minute - this is fiction. Similar to her other books, the author uses her great talents to craft believable descriptions of the 1800s, as well as creating memorable characters and interesting dialogue. The plot is definitely an original one and it never gets boring thanks the author's wonderful storytelling. Overall, Tried and True is a well-written western-romance that voids all the typical cliches of the genre. Look for book two of the series, Now and Forever, arrivving in bookstores in June 2015!

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tried & True Mary Connealy

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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