Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tried and True by Mary Connealy (Review & Giveaway)

Tried and True

Let Mary Connealy take you on an exciting trip back to the wild west! Tried and True, book one in Connealy's new Wild at Heart series, is sure to entertain!

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?

My thoughts:  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!

GIVEAWAY:  One of Chat With Vera's readers has the opportunity to win a copy of Tried and True. So just use the Rafflecopter entry form below as much or as little as you wish. Begins September 20 & ENDS October 10 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. 
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 Meet 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.

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.


  1. I love to have humor in the books I am reading! Novels set in the American Western timeframe are not my favorite, but if the story is unusual enough to peak my interest, I will read them. This book from Mary Connealy sounds like just that type of book. I am really interested in reading it.

  2. I love Westerns and there is never a time in my life when I do not love humor in the books I read. You can't go wrong with a book that makes you smile or laugh out loud.

  3. I love stories set in the developing west and if they have some humor in them, then that is even better. Mary does great with both of those things.

  4. I shared on my blog and would love to read this book. It sounds really fun! Love the old West! Sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

    1. Sonja - If you're back on here and see this message, feel free to share your blog link so we can see it, too.

    2. I do enjoy western stories and especially those with some comedy, such as Mary writes. Mary is one of my favorite authors. I know her books will always be fun to read.

  5. Hello Vera. I have been trying to win this book by Mary.sure hope I'm lucky on your blog.
    I love westerns and this one sounds real good,Thanks for this review,very good. God bless you. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  6. I love stories set in the developing west, and I always like comedy. This book sounds really good. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  7. What a fun premise! I think I would enjoy this book a lot! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week! Hope to see you again soon!


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