Tried and True by Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Wild at Heart(Book 1)
Goodreads Summary: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?
This is book one in a new series by Mary Connealy. The series will follow three sisters who fought as men in the civil war. With the war now over they head west to homestead. Soldiers can use years of service to shorten the time it will take to homestead and own the land free and clear. Of course since women were not allowed to fight in the war the Wilde sisters must continue dressing as men to use their soldier credit.
Book one starts with the youngest sister Kylie. Of the three sisters she does not enjoy dressing as a man and wants to put her dresses back on and start living as women should. But her father will not allow it and she is counting down the days until she can leave the west and head back east. What she did not plan on was land agent Aaron Masterson finding out she was a women. When Kylie finds herself being threatened she turns to Aaron to help her figure out who wants her off her land. Can they find the culprit and true love along the way?
What I liked: This was a very enjoyable book. In some of the authors past series the first book was challenging due to learning all the new characters and I sometimes had trouble keeping everyone straight. Not with this book. I liked that the main character Kylie and Aaron were introduced and then the sisters and her father. The possible love interests for the other sisters were also introduced but it was much slower and easier for me to keep them straight. The story itself is classic romance and humor. There is a darker side as well. The fact that the sisters fought in the war gave them more of a level playing field with the men in the book and I liked how that dynamic worked and I’m excited to see where this series goes in the books to come.
What I did not like: Not much to not like. The girl’s father is a jerk but its part of the storyline and I enjoyed him getting put in his place.
Overall this is a great book. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I highly recommend this if you love western historical romances.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.