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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”—butSaddle 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?...

Title : Tried and True
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Tried and True Reviews

  • Hannah
    2019-05-29 19:17

    Going into a Connealy book, I usually have all sorts of objections...who's think of a woman war veteran trying to impersonate a man so she can prove up on the ranch her father wants...who'd think of naming anyone in the 1800s a modern name like Kylie...And then I sit down and enjoy every minute! I think I'm getting a Connealy addiction that I can't quite explain, but just know I'm glad to have more of her books waiting on my shelf! I think the main thing is that she somehow manages to make these hilarious, unlikely plots pan out just like they might actually have happened.And I truly enjoyed this installment!

  • Brittany
    2019-06-08 23:02

    Tried & True is the first book in Mary Connealy’s Wild at Heart series. This is a series you are not going to want to miss! It is about three sisters who are homesteading in the Idaho Territory not long after the Civil War. These sisters are attempting to homestead as men for reasons you will learn about as you read the story. It is a great set up and, after reading this first book, I am really looking forward to the next two in the series.Kylie Wilde is the heroine in Tried and True. It honestly took me a little time to warm up to Kylie and connect with her. But once I did, I really enjoyed seeing how she viewed the world. She is strong and has had to be many times in the past. But she really doesn’t want to live this harsh life. She yearns for tea parties and bonnets. The last thing she plans to do is end up with a man who plans to homestead in the area. I like Kylie and her sweet heart toward Aaron as she begins to get to know him.Aaron Masterson is running from some very painful memories. Not only memories from the war, but especially hurtful ones from just after the war, when he returned home to Virginia. Now he is looking for a new start out west where he can set up his own place and put all of the pain behind him. I love how strong and morally steadfast he is. I also love how he begins to fall in love with Kylie right from the very beginning.There is danger in this book as well. There are a few different people who want Kylie off the land. It soon becomes clear that someone may want to hurt her, but who exactly is she in danger from?I really enjoyed meeting the Wilde sisters and look forward to reading Shannon and Bailey’s stories in future books.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.You can read this review on my blog at:

  • Sydney Elaine
    2019-06-01 23:15

    Oh where do I even begin with this.I read (well, I tried to read) another one of Connealy's books, and was very disappointed, especially because I heard so many good things about her writing. Needless to say, I couldn't finish it. But I try to give people the benefit of the doubt so I decided I would try to read this one. And boy am I glad this one was free. First of all what bugged me is that this is supposed to be a Christian book. Not ONCE was there mention of God and Scripture, and salvation was mentioned very briefly in sort of a "this really isn't that important" type of manner. This really has no business being in the Christian Fiction genre, to be completely honest. I literally forgot that this was supposed to be Christian Fiction until I clicked on this to write the review. That's not good.Second, the character development was not that great, either. The characters seemed to change personas every three pages. And the conclusions to their problems seemed very elaborate and very well thought out, something that they could not have had time to do in the little time that seemed to take place.Third, the word choice. If you're looking for a VERY enthusiastic western book, this is it. It was extremely over the top, and got incredibly boring and annoying.And lastly, the romance. It became very inappropriate very quickly. Pretty much all Aaron ever thought about was how her hair would look down or how tiny her waist was, etc,. Not to mention the very heated make-out sessions.All in all, I will probably never ever read a book from this author again.Thanks to net galley and the publisher for my copy to review.

  • Cara Putman
    2019-06-11 03:12

    I loved this book! It was such a fun read I laughed out loud multiple times -- as I was trying to stifle my reaction since I was on a plane. In fact, it was so good, I couldn't slow down and savor the read. Instead, I found myself flipping the pages faster and faster as I hurried to see what would happen to the characters.The first in a series, Mary perfectly sets up the next two books, while writing a rich story set in Colorado shortly after the end of the Civil War. Kylie Wilde served in the Civil War (pretending to be a boy), and now she's fighting to find out who she really is as she homesteads. The only problem is the land agent finds her, and realizes she can't get the exemption for service during the war because she's a woman. This sets up early friction between the hero and heroine that builds. A strong thread throughout the story is the heroine and her sisters struggle to accept that it's okay and good to be women. Don't roll your eyes, because it is woven wonderfully into a story of sisters who served in the Civil War as men at the behest of their father and continue the charade at his instruction.This story has it all: delightful characters, a twisting plot with great romance and flashes of mystery, all tied up with a bow of humor that leaves me itching to get my hands on the next book!

  • Kari
    2019-05-26 23:21

    I have been a fan of Janette Oke books since I was ten years old. While I don’t like the movies (they are much too salacious and take far too many liberties with the works), I still enjoy reading her books. I was hopeful that with all the Christian Fiction novels being published that I would be able to find a current author producing that caliber of books. When I saw Tried and True by Mary Connealy I was hopeful to have found a book that captured the sweet romance, adventure and Biblical truths I was looking for in a novel, but I was highly disappointed.I selected to review Tried and True after reading about it in my Bethany House Bloggers newsletter. I found the premise too intriguing to pass on. It said the book contained the story of a woman who was forced to live as man. I wondered how a Christian author would handle such a modern concept. Was the woman trans-gender? Why was she living as a man? I was curious to see how an author would handle such a topic. Ultimately, the book doesn’t handle the topic in any significant way, rather it flippantly goes back and forth between the demand to follow all gender norms and the ease of being the person you want to be.Why is the main character living as a man? Kylie Wilde (ugh, really wild- like she’s wild and her family is kind of wild, bad name choice) served as a soldier in the Civil War and now she’s moved out west to claim her land she’s owed for service. The local land agent, Aaron Masterson, quickly discovers Kylie’s disguise. Aaron soon becomes enamored with Kylie’s physical charms; Tried and True then takes you on an exhausting, sometimes truly frightening journey of peril and anachronistic Civil War comments.The writing of Tried and True is very problematic. The characters sometimes seem to change dramatically, without explanation, from one page to the next. Too often the characters come to conclusions that they would have no way ferreted out in real life. The author also becomes extremely stuck using words like “lone” and “filly” repeatedly over a two page stretch only to have the same problem happen again 50 or so pages later.I always liked Janette Oke’s books because they had romance, just not in an inappropriate or salacious manner. But, Tried and True borders on being a traditional bodice ripper with it’s continual emphasis on Kylie’s slim waist and the forceful manner of description of Kylie and Aaron’s many passion filled moments.The element that bothered me the most was the lack of Christian influence in the book. Jesus is never mentioned, Scripture never cited and salvation is only discussed in a most vague manner. When salvation is alluded to it is used as more of a personal thought evolution than a call to repentance and a new heart.This book was slow, lacked in everything that I hoped it would contain and was poorly written. For all those reasons I would stay away from Tried and True.(I received this book through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. )

  • Jesseca Wheaton
    2019-06-02 00:59

    I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't one of my favorites.I normally like historical fiction, but in this book there were only mentions to the historical background and it almost seemed as though the characters were just put in a historical era so they could have a place to tell their story.Also, the plot was mainly romance driven, which isn't something I'm to crazy about. Of course, the characters were a lot of fun. Especially Aaron *smiles*. And there were quite a few scenes that had me laughing. Kylie was a lot of fun, but she was a great character and she was pretty relatable too. So while this wasn't my favorite, it was still very enjoyable and I'll probably try and read the next book in the series, just to see how it is. :)

  • Anna Hurtt
    2019-05-26 21:11

    I've been a fan of Mary's for years. Her characters are always so quirky, funny, and well-developed. The plots are exciting and full of action and danger. Her themes are so strong and applicable to my life. Tried and True, her newest novel, doesn't disappoint! I truly enjoyed this one and felt a special connection with Kylie, the main character. If you enjoy inspirational romantic comedies set in the Wild West, pick up a copy of this one. You're gonna love it.

  • Aerykah
    2019-06-18 00:27

    This is the best book by Mary Connealy that I've read in a while. I enjoyed it very much! Wish I didn't have to wait until next summer to read the next one.

  • Becky
    2019-06-21 23:21

    Go West Young Man...Uh, WomanKylie Wilde and her two sisters were forced by their father to dress like men, and join the Civil War to get revenge for their brother’s death. Now that the war is over, their father has bullied them to come to the Idaho Territory and claim homesteads. He convinces them to continue living and dressing like men, that way they can take the soldier exemption. The exemption allows them to subtract time served in the war from the normal five years needed to claim the land. Their father plans on combining all of the homesteads into one large ranch after they own them.Kylie hates everything about the West. She wants to get back to “civilization” as soon as possible, and get away from homesteading. Kylie resents her father pressuring her into claiming land, pretending to be a man, and living in the middle of nowhere. She longs to dress and look like a woman, and live where fancy bonnets and tea parties are a part of daily life.Suddenly lots of things happen to Kylie. She meets Aaron Masterson the handsome land agent, whom she must fool into believing she is a man. Next, Gage Coulter drives a massive herd of cattle across Kylie’s front yard and porch, tearing everything up. He is none too happy to find she has staked a claim on land he has used to water his cattle on for years. Then Kylie is attacked by people posing as Indians that shoot flaming arrows at her cabin. Alone at night, she can feel someone watching her from the woods that surround her home. Later, she finds her cabin filled with hissing snakes. Obviously someone is trying to scare her off her land, but who?Romance, mystery, suspense and comedy all follow Kylie as she lives out her adventures. This very entertaining book is written from a Christian point of view. It is the first in a series called, Wild at Heart, but this volume stands on its own. I have read many of this author’s books, and this one is as enjoyable as her other works. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who wants a fast-paced, well-written story.The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.My Blog:’s Facebook:’s Website: Website: petticoatsandpistols.comAuthor’s Blog:

  • J.C. Morrows
    2019-06-01 01:05

    Oh my goodness it’s not fair!Mary Connealy is a genius!Trie & TrueI can not remember when I have ever laughed so hard… Well, yes I can but it had been a while.This is not a book that you should miss!Looking for strong female characters – they don’t get any stronger than the Wilde sisters!Looking for adventure – it’s on the very first page… and then some! The whole book is filled with adventure after adventure, just like the wild west was!Looking for God – you will find him in this story! He’s there and He’s not just slapped in as an afterthought! Even with such unconventional characters, they live their lives by a very clear Biblical world-view.Mary Connealy is a masterful writer who had me on the edge of my seat from the first sentence. I was either fearing for someone’s life, cringing at the temper I knew was coming or laughing hysterically.You won’t be able to put it down. You family will go from being annoyed at you for growling like a grizzly bear fresh out of hibernation to annoyed with your constant outbursts of laughter. Yes, I speak from experience.Amazing! Absolutely amazing! Historical fiction about the wild west is another genre I never thought I would enjoy but Mary Connealy has made a fan out of me!Now I just have to find some more of her books! And wait patiently… OK, not so patiently then, for the rest of this series.I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jasmine
    2019-06-14 20:09

    Danger and romance in the Old West!I have to start off by saying that I LOVE Mary Connealy's stories! Each successive book just seems to get better and better. Her books are funny and so much fun to read. As anticipated Tried & True was a great story!I loved the characters, well, all except the bad guys. The three Wilde sisters are so different and yet when things get tough they pull together. I loved Kylie's story and I'm definitely looking forward to Shannon's and Bailey's when they come out.Tried & True has one of the neatest covers, bright, colorful, and the neatest raised scrollwork on the corners, completely matching the great story within. Even if I didn't already enjoy Mary Connealy's writing I would probably have picked up this book based on the cover and publisher alone.A great western and a wonderful story! Tried & True is the first book Mary Connealy's latest series and is a must read. Don't miss it!(I received a copy of this book from the publisher via The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)

  • Alicia
    2019-05-31 01:25

    Okay, so the fact that all three Wilde sisters signed up for war and then managed to homestead without anyone finding out they were men seems a little unrealistic. But I had so much fun reading this one that it didn't matter :) 4.5 stars!

  • Charlene
    2019-05-30 23:08

    Not usually into romance books, but liked the cowboy theme. And found the characters interesting, especially the three sisters who served in the civil war and continue posing as men after the war when they go west to stake a claim on land.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-19 22:06

    I have read several of Mary Connealy’s books in the past. I remember enjoying her humor and spunky, quirky characters. I loved the cover of this book and the premise sounded intriguing so I thought I would give it a shot. Unfortunately it wasn’t really the book for me. I immediately had trouble connecting with Kylie and I was disappointed by that. Kylie was not a tough character at all. And she had no desire to be able to do anything on her own or stand on her own two feet or fight back. That really irked me. I usually prefer my heroines with a little more backbone. I assumed Kylie would be pretty tough having survived the Civil War disguised as a man. I mean what an awesome background for a character. Sadly no, her military service only served to give her something in common with Aaron, but of course his experience was much worse than hers, and then it was pretty much disregarded. I know there will be 3 books in this series, focusing in turn on each of the Wilde sisters. I was trying to give this story a chance, because Kylie’s sisters Bailey and Shannon seemed like they might be a little more relatable to me than Kylie. Although Kylie wasn’t as tough as I’d anticipated and had different interests than I thought she would, she wasn’t a completely unlikable character. She was very sweet and unassuming and I did want her to succeed and get what she wanted out of life. And that leads us to Aaron. Ugh, Aaron. I wanted to punch him in the face by the end of the book. He started off only a bit over protective and irritating, but he seemed to get worse on every other page. On one hand he would say that the girls were safer admitting they were women because most men in the west would protect and honor a woman….umm what? I’ve never heard that before. It was called the WILD west for a reason. I’ve always read/heard that it was incredibly dangerous for women. But I digress. Then Aaron would go on about how they needed a man’s protection. Protection is one thing, but I felt Aaron was condescending and controlling. He kept alluding to the fact that Kylie’s family forced her into the West and had no regard for her opinions or dreams for her own life and how he didn’t want to do the same thing, but it felt like he really did want to do that same thing. And he knew she was such a push over, he’d get away with it. I hated to see Kylie give up her dreams and marry him, even if it turned out okay in the end….I guess.The whole marriage thing was unnecessary. They met, they lusted after each other, and they hurried up and got married even though they weren’t in love, didn’t have much in common, and she didn’t really want to, but felt she had no choice. It was all very rushed and kind of icky. The dishonesty and manipulation going both ways didn’t make it a very fun relationship to read about, especially with it developing so quickly. I feel like a lot of Christian authors use the “forced marriage” or “marriage of convenience” trope these days so that they can include sex and intimacy between couples in their writing without it being considered immoral. Sometimes a situation like that can be interesting and entertaining if handled correctly, but often it’s just sad and uncomfortable. Overall the story was just okay. It was a little disjointed. The mystery wasn’t that intriguing and unfolded far too conveniently. Aaron jumped to the right conclusion out of literally nowhere. I didn’t find Mary Connealy’s signature humor in this one, or maybe my tastes have changed since I read her other novels. The characters were inconsistent and the pacing was uneven. The spiritual content was spotty and unclear. The thing that bothered me the most, though, was I felt I was being beaten over the head with the ‘battle of the sexes’ stuff. It seemed like every page they were talking about men’s and women’s roles and what was proper for a man or woman to do. This is men’s work, this is women’s work. It drove me nuts!! I don’t know anyone anywhere who makes such a huge deal out of it and I couldn’t understand what the point was of going on and on about it like that. Some of it was frankly a little offensive at that. Not a terrible choice for someone looking for a pretty clean, light, fluffy, historical fiction, but not really my style.*An ARC was provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-06-15 03:03

    I can't imagine how difficult it would have been being a woman living in the mid 1800's trying to homestead and find a way to make a living far away from anything resembling a city life. The life of wearing a dress, attending a party or just being cared for is not something that the Wilde sisters have time for living in Aspen Ridge, Idaho. The one thing they all agree on is that they need to keep up their disguises as men in order to make the years that they served in the Civil War count towards the five years needed to claim land out west. Against their better judgement when their older brother, Jimmy was killed, their father pressured the girls to join up as a way of paying respect for his service and to get revenge of the men who killed their brother, even if they didn't want to.Now to keep up the charade and to honor their father's wishes, each of the girls, Bailey, Shannon and Kylie each utilized their service papers and applied for homesteads to increase the inheritance their father believed Jimmy would have wanted, not caring that the girls were still living a lie. It would have all worked out had Aaron Masterson, not come calling and find Kylie stuck on the roof of her cabin. He believed her lies that she was working alongside her brother on the land, but when he came back to meet, Kyle, he discovered not only her charade but Bailey's and Shannon's as well. He could not in good faith, honor the homestead papers applying their service time, to the length of time required to own the property, when they had lied about getting into the army in the first place. He would need to set things right or he could lose his job. The last thing he wanted to do was lock the Wilde girls up in jail for falsifying the paperwork, even if he didn't agree with the rules.All Aaron knows is that he has grown quite fond of Kylie Wilde and it is apparent she lacks the skills she needs to continue to eek out a living here for the next five years. She is more than relieved she doesn't have to continue lying to anyone about being a woman, but no matter how much she tries to convince her Pa, he reminds her that she is a disgrace to Jimmy's memory, and she needs to fulfill her time in order to gain the land for the Wilde family. The only problem is that Gage Coulter, a wealthy cattle rancher and land owner has been trying to acquire all the land around his ranch to further expand his withholdings and the land the Kylie has is just what he needs right now. Now he just needs to convince her to sell or he just might need to marry her to get control of it. Life is about to get real interesting in Aspen Springs!I received Tried and True by Mary Connealy compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I absolutely LOVE anything that Mary Connealy writes and my personal library of her books is steadily growing. I am thrilled that she has launched a new series, Wild at Heart with Tried and True being the first book to debut. I LOVE that Kylie and her sisters attempted to do things that most women wouldn't have, serving in the army during the Civil War, trying to make a go of it living in the west, building their own cabins and living off the land while trying to earn time for the homesteading requirement. It took guts and gumption and all the Wilde sisters employ their talents to make it work, despite their Pa who seems stuck in his own personal grief.Mary Connealy takes the readers right into the grit of living in the West. You can smell the pine from the woods, feeling the suddenly unexpected thunderstorm all the perfect backdrop to a wonderful heartwarming romance. By far one of my favorite genres to read but not everyone can pull it off so beautifully as Mary does. Her writing style is so rich, you don't want to put this book down for one minute, which I inhaled in a matter of hours. I can't wait to see how it plays out in the next book, even though I have feeling which sisters will wind up with who by the end of this amazing series. We'll have to wait and see. You even get a sneak peek at the next novel Now and Forever coming in June of 2015. To me, that's too long to wait, but what can I do. This one easily ropes a 5 out of 5 stars in my book.

  • Stacey
    2019-06-01 21:05

    First of all, the cover really drew my attention. Love it! I've read several of Mary Connealy's I wondered how this new series was going to compare to some of my old favorites. As I read, I found that Connealy included some of my favorite traits in these new characters....and a few new ones that I haven't seen before. It definitely made for a fun read!Let's begin with the ladies. Well, actually...these ladies like to act like they're men. The Wilde sisters...Kylie, Bailey, and Shannon....were guilted into dressing and acting like boys, and even convinced to join up to fight in the Civil War, by their selfish father. Their only brother had died on the battlefield and their father pushed the girls to honor him by practically turning into boys themselves. Their father wanted to use their war experience to help them get land out west and settle there. But Kylie Wilde doesn't have a masculine bone in her body. She wants to be pampered (but not in an annoying way) and get past the horrors of fighting in the Civil War. I really loved Kylie's character. She wanted to be girly and feminine, but she had a tough side that helped her fend for herself. There were several times when Kylie had to give up her dreams to meet the needs of others. Even though she thought she could take care of herself, when she gave up her independence, she experienced love and protection like never before. I liked that aspect of the story. Kylie was truly able to see her value as a woman when she came under Aaron's protection. She tried to explain that to her sisters, but they weren't quite as ready as Kylie was to give up the position they had as being men. I loved getting to know all of these sisters, but I think beginning the series with Kylie's story was just right.Aaron Masterson is a great all-around guy. He's also dealing with the ghosts from his past that came as a result of the Civil War. He has allowed fear to lead him out west and doesn't want to face ever going back to his beloved home. Kylie allows Aaron to be himself, and the fact that they both share the experience of fighting in the Civil War builds a connection. And boy, do they have the sparks! From the beginning, you see the attraction between the two of them. I love that Connealy is able to write some fantastic romantic scenes between her characters that'll make your pulse speed up, and yet still keep it clean. It's definitely one of my favorite aspects of her books! : )Tried and True has all the things you want in a great book! Set in the west, you have the ruggedness of life there, but you also have the sense of community and how everyone had to help one another and pull together, even if they don't necessarily like each other. We've got tough males and females, but also Kylie's sweet femininity. Romance, plot twists, suspense, and reconciliation round out book one of Wild at Heart series. You should definitely check it out!I give this book:*****5 stars! Loved it!**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review**

  • Reet Champion
    2019-05-26 19:08

    Kylie Wilde is far from living the dream. In fact it her life at the moment is the complete opposite of what she had envisioned for herself. Rather than the dresses and the social activities befitting a lady she is wearing trousers and masquerading as a man in some crazy scheme her father has concocted. Oh and don't forget patching up the roof (in between falling off of it) because every Eastern lady probably fits roof patching into their social calender somewhere. But that's the least of her problems. When nosy Aaron Masterson, a land agent, sticks his nose into her business he uncovers her masquerade and removes her war service exemption that would have saved her few years of living in the western wilds. And on top of that she has some crazed and unidentified assailant trying to make an apparent attempt on her life. If Kylie wants to make it back East and host her tea parties she's going to have to work fast before someone does something crazy.With her characteristic humor Mary Connealy takes readers on another adventure into the old and very wild west via Kylie Wilde. While Tried and True wasn't really to my liking I can see a number of readers liking this story. The blurb enough was to make me go for a book that I would normally have passed over after seeing the author's name. I don't have anything against the author, don't get me wrong, I've just found her books don't interest me. I couldn't connect with the characters. At about midpoint I really didn't care what happened to anyone but pushed on anyway in hopes it would pick up. While it didn't live up to my expectations I wouldn't let this review put you off.DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” we would like to note that we received an electronic copy of “Tried and True” provided by the publishers, Bethany House, through in exchange for our honest

  • Shantelle
    2019-06-17 20:29

    Mary Connealy's novels tend to be humorous, romantic westerns... and Tried and True was no different. It follows the life of a young soldier from the Civil War, Kylie Wilde, who is homesteading in the rugged west. Because of her service during war (you may have gathered that Kylie is a woman), she only has to homestead three years instead of five in order to own the place. Her sisters Shannon and Bailey are doing to same, with their pa on his own claim as well. The only problem is... Kylie doesn't want to be in the west. Dressed like a man. Doing man's work. She wants to be in the east, buying pretty bonnets, going to lovely tea parties. Another problem is that a nice man who happened upon her while she was dressed in skirts instead of her customary men's dress, is actually a land agent. -And obligated to add two more years to her time in the west. But Aaron and Kylie soon find that her deceiving during the war is the least of their problems... For the first part of Tried and True, I was quite interested in the story, and having a lovely time in the pages of this novel. But at some point, it got a little too focused on the romance and all. While I would be the first to say that romance and marriage are beautiful things (as long as used in the way God intended); I rather like my reads a balanced mix of romance, mystery, faith, historical facts, and all the other relationships and all. I mean, I don't really care to read once and then again how beautiful he thought her hair was and other such romance-y stuff. When my turns comes to be romanced, I'm sure I'll enjoy all that, :), but as for my books, I prefer the romances to be sweet, simple, and kind of subtle. I don't need to know everything they're thinking. So that being said, Tried and True wasn't my favorite. But I did enjoy the overall story. And it had some poignant faith elements, especially near the end. Some important topics are explored in this novel... and the Wilde sisters ARE pretty fun, :) A nice read all in all.

  • Dawn
    2019-06-15 02:03

    Kylie Wilde fought for the Union disguised as a man. She, along with her older sisters, still dress as men in the wild west in order to claim their years of service as an exemption for homesteading. However, she'd much rather dress in skirts and have her hair long. When land agent Aaron Masterson arrives on her claim, he soon discovers that she is in fact a woman. In good conscience, Aaron can't allow for Kylie to live as a man just to claim the exemption. Yet someone wants Kylie's land, whether she is dressed as a man or as a woman. Aaron soon discovers that he will do anything in his power to keep Kylie safe. But will it be enough?I've long enjoyed Mary Connealy's books. Each one is filled with humor and fun. This one was no different. I loved some of the situations Kylie finds herself in. She falls off a roof into the arms of Aaron. She finds herself put in jail. And others.Kylie was just fun to read about. I could tell that she loves her family and they her. It'll be fun to read Shannon's story next and see how Matt Tucker and she go together. My prediction for book 3 is that Bailey will find her match in Gage Coulter. But of course, I could be wrong.Still with this book, the reader is introduced to another fun cast of characters that, thankfully, will be carried over into books 2 and 3.One of the things that I love the best about Connealy's books is that they are light-hearted. It doesn't take a lot of brain power to read them. And I can truly just sit back and enjoy it. This was the perfect book to read at work on breaks - I didn't start crying like I do with some, and it made me laugh.Now if only next summer would get here so I can read Shannon's story!I received this book for free from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.Recommended to fans of Mary Connealy, Karen Witemeyer, cowboys, romantic comedies, westernsRating - 4 stars

  • karmaforlifechick
    2019-06-04 23:17

    sitename] ReviewI received a copy of Tried & True by Mary Connealy in exchange for an honest review.Kylie Wilde is the youngest of three sisters who are trying to use the special exemptions they earned during the Civil War to make their way in the world.  That means the girls actually fought in the war, but they were dressed as men, so in all honesty, the girls did in fact earn their special exemptions, except the law does not view it that way, because they are women and for women to fight it was forbidden. I loved this story, stories where women achieve much more than some of their male counterparts, but it's also disheartening to realize that what some should be proud of, others consider a penalty.  Mary Connealy does a great job of depicting what it was like in an era when women could not vote, women could not fight and women had no voice, except what was given to them by men.  I can't wait to read about the other sisters in this series!Buy the Book This review was originally posted on

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    2019-05-29 22:01

    Mary Connealy knows how to write clean western romances. I love reading her books. The characters in this book are so well done. I felt like I knew them and everything played out just like a movie in my head. The beginning chapter with the roof scene when on too long and I was really glad when things finally got moving but from there on out, it was the perfect distracting read.I love Kylie. It was so nice to read about a girl who really just wanted to be a girl- completely feminine with pretty dresses. So many books today have tough girl characters who can take anyone down. Don't get me wrong, because I do like that too, but it was just refreshing to read a book about a girl who isn't so concerned about how tough she is. Kylie wants a home where she cooks and cleans and takes care of a family. She doesn't want to do "man chores". She wants to be taken care of by a big, strong man. It was kind of funny sometimes but endearing too. Because Kylie spent a lot of time posing as a boy in order to serve in the army during the civil war, she is desperate to put that behind her and look and act like a girl again. Can you blame her? She finds the perfect man in Aaron because all he wants to do is protect and love Kylie. He wants to do all the "man chores". See what I mean? Perfect for Kylie. This is what I would call inspirational fiction. God is mentioned and sometimes talked about but not in an overbearing or overly religious way. This book is squeaky clean- yay! I'm looking forward to the next books in this series. This book set up the stories for the sisters perfectly and now I'm anxious to get reading them!

  • Kav
    2019-06-08 23:00

    Mary Connealy is back with another runaway hit series -- at least that's what I'm predicting based on the first book, Tried & True. This is classic Connealy, ripe with her trademark wit, snappy dialogue and cutting sarcasm which all combine to provide many laugh-out-loud moments. But there are some poignant scenes as well that bring an added depth and richness to the story.One of the things I admire most about this author's work is her attention to the little details. Take the Wilde sisters's family name, for instance. Talk about tongue-in-cheek! Once you meet Kylie, Shannon and Bailey you'll understand why. This is Kylie's story and she's an interesting mix of genteel homebody and homesteading survivalist. I think she's one of the most unique heroines in Connealy's arsenal to date and that's saying something!Aaron's smitten from the very start and their romance is funny, sweet and even heart-wrenching at times. The fact that both Kylie and Aaron have shared Civil War experiences brings an added intensity to their love story. There are a few stirring scenes between those two that left me feeling raw. And then, on the flip side I'm laughing hysterically over their antics in the very next scene.Which sums up this book and its author perfectly. Reading Connealy is like taking a roller coaster ride -- there are just as many thrills and chills accompanied by a whole lot of laughter. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

  • Heidi
    2019-05-26 21:23

    I fell in love with Kylie and Aaron right off the bat. I immediately felt sympathy for Kylie who wants to be a woman but is pressured by her father and sisters to pretend to be a man in order to establish a homestead. After her experiences in the Civil War dressed as a man, she wants desperately to be a woman again, living in a civilized area, not a homestead on the frontier. When Aaron, the local land agent, recognizes her as a woman, she is pleased to be able to act like one again. But when she is attacked and made afraid in her own home, she wonders if pleasing her father is worth it. And while she likes Aaron she isn't sure it's wise to get attached when he plans to settle on a ranch further back in the mountains. But events take on a life of their own and Kylie and Aaron are forced to make decisions quickly that may or may not work out as expected.I really enjoyed this book. The characters are great, each with their strengths and weaknesses. It's also an interesting look at the roles of men and women at the time and the different perspectives that Kylie and her sisters (who are also pretending to be men) have about their roles in their society. Kylie and her sister provide an fascinating contrast in their attitudes about being women and the limitations that their society tried to put on them because of it. I look forward to reading Shannon's and Bailey's stories (Kylie's sisters) because I have a feeling their will be plenty of fireworks, especially Bailey who is bound and determined to maintain her freedom and independence.

  • Rachelle Cobb
    2019-06-20 00:59

    Mary Connealy has such a fresh, writing style. She's funny. She's witty. And she's deep.I love her cowboy stories set in the Wild West. This story about three Wilde sisters is no different! Kylie Wilde is not too wild to relate to, though. In fact, I loved that she is not so much tomboyish as she is a fan of pretty things.Still, she lives in Idaho Territory. Pretty things are scarce, so Kylie settles for dreaming of returning to 'civilization' after she homesteads the land her father and sisters need--the whole while masquerading as a man, just as she did serving in the Civil War. Insert surprised-reader-face here. I love how Mary handles the strangeness of girl soldiers serving in wartime--and the explanation for Kylie pulled it off!But Kylie can pull it off no longer when Aaron sees right through her (and her sisters, for that matter). In fact, that leaves him in quite the conundrum, which was tied up a tad too simply for me. I was expecting from the back cover a lot more crazy in the book about Kylie and the legality of her homesteading her land. But what this book lacks in that plot direction it makes up for in twists.Turns out the guy I thought was the antagonist is not only a good guy, I sense he may turn out to be the hero of a future book in this Wilde sister series. I thoroughly look forward to reading the rest of the books, too, especially after that great sneak peek in the back of this one! Now just to wait that long until I get to read about cowboys and craziness in enchanting Connealy style...

  • Dana Kamstra
    2019-05-27 00:59

    From the first scene of this book I had a smile on my face. Kylie Wilde is a wonderful heroine. She knows what she wants in life, and it isn't the same things her father and sisters want. While they all want to live a "manly life," she just wants pretty frocks and a tea parties. For some reason, I found myself relating to Kylie a lot. Maybe it is because I also have an appreciation for some of the girlier things in life, and when you can relate to a main character, you tend to enjoy the book even more!While the story of Tried and True is pretty straightforward, there were some pretty unexpected moments. The surprises kept popping up all the way through the end. Every time I thought the story would start to wind down, it would get pretty exciting again.I can also appreciate the deep truths that resonate in this book. While there are moments of the characters praying sprinkled throughout, there is an even stronger message just waiting in the book.All I can say, is that I loved this book more than I thought I would, and I can't wait to read more about the other Wilde sisters, because in true series fashion, there are a number of questions raised about them in this book.**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**

  • Vera Godley
    2019-06-18 22:16

    Sometimes we want to pick up a book, kick back and relax, read, and have a bit of fun while we’re at it Plunging into Tried and True by Mary Connealy tickled my funny bone, captured my attention, drove me into the settling of the wild west, and had some sweet romance thrown into the mix. This was a fun read.The story is about the Wilde family of three grown daughters all of which fought in the Civil War at the insistence of their uncaring father, Cudgel Wilde. Dressed as men during the war, they served the army. Now their uncaring, demanding father has each of them claiming a homestead in the unsettled Idaho territory. Trouble is, they still must pass as men. So they continue wearing trousers, cropping their hair, etc. They are pretty much making this work until a land agent arrives on the scene and right away figures out these are beautiful women are wearing trousers, not men! The plot ripens when a cattle rancher gets involved and also a trio of unsavory characters bring danger right to the Wiley ladies (oops! Men???) homes.The story moves fast and is fun, so grab ahold of the horse's reins and ride!DISCLOSURE: I was provided a copy by Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I was not compensated for this review.

  • Carol
    2019-05-24 22:26

    Very entertaining read!!! The story has strong, vivid, well developed characters situated in the wild west after the end of the Civil War. The author also captured the attitudes and social realities of the times. With the ending of the war there were a lot of issues and tough questions the survivors faced that were addressed. The author was able to weave together intrigue, drama, suspense, mystery, romance, shenanigans, historical history, deceit, betrayal, viciousness, greed, hatred from the past and present. The book was also filled with faith, friendship, trust, forgiveness and love. You will meet the three Wilde brothers or are they sisters?? You will meet their pa, a land agent, a local Rancher, the marshal and his stepchildren, an Indian squaw and the child she raised and a childhood friend of the land agent.With flaming arrows, roofing flapping, cattle stampeding, Snakes, whispers in the wind and the feeling of being watch,you will have an exciting adventure form the first page to thelast.Thank you to book for this Book. My opinion is my own.

  • Susan Snodgrass
    2019-06-14 22:00

    Mary Connealy never disappoints. I absolutely adore her cowboy comedies. This one features Kylie, who fought in the Civil War and is using that service to gain the government exemption to her homesteaded property. Enter Adam Masterson, local land agent, who quite quickly discovers Kylie is no man and takes away her exemption. Off to a rocky start, these two are. Well, turns out Kylie has two brothers, er, sisters, who also fought in the war and each have their own homestead. Add to this a local rancher wants all their land and somebody is trying to kill Kylie. Well, several people are endangering her life and this cowboy comedy kicks off in high gear.There is a wonderful spiritual message in this book and I won't give it away, but it will warm your heart real good! The best part is there are two more sisters who each beg their own book! I LOVE Mary Connealy books! But I hate I'll have to wait till June 2015 for the next.

  • Cheryl Baranski
    2019-06-13 02:00

    Tried and True, By: Mary ConnealyThis is the first book that I have read by Mary Connealy. I absolutely loved it! She has such a wonderful writing style. This book Tried and True will keep you wanting more till the very end. Lots of laughing, romance and characters that you won’t soon forget! I am looking forward to reading many more books by Mary Connealy in the near future! This is the story of Kylie Wilde. She is the youngest of her sister’s. They have been dressing like men. Kylie is dressing more and more in her pretty skirts whenever she can. She has grown her hair out. When her true identity is discovered will things change? Go out and order your copy today!

  • Savanna Kaiser
    2019-06-19 21:27

    This story sparked from the very get-go and kept me highly entertained and smiling through each chapter that passed. Everyone loves a good cowboy story, right? ;) In this novel, however, the cowgirls steal the show. This series introduces us to a trio of sisters as unique as they are endearing. Readers will be easily charmed by the brilliant, engaging storytelling. I certainly was.Read the rest of my review here...