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Tried and True (Wild at Heart #1)

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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”—but
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Published September 2nd 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published August 26th 2014)
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Jun 15, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it
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
Sep 12, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
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 hon
Jun 09, 2015 Sydney rated it did not like it
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
Cara Putman
Oct 01, 2014 Cara Putman rated it it was amazing
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 C
Oct 16, 2014 Kari rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Anna Hurtt
Feb 10, 2015 Anna Hurtt rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Oct 02, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
Go West Young Man...Uh, Woman

Kylie 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
J.C. Morrows
Oh my goodness it’s not fair!

Mary Connealy is a genius!Trie & True

I 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’
Apr 15, 2015 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
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
Jesseca Wheaton
Dec 29, 2015 Jesseca Wheaton rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 06, 2016 Alicia rated it it was amazing
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!
Sep 10, 2014 Ashley rated it it was ok
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 re
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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 ...more
Aug 03, 2014 Stacey rated it it was amazing
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 Shanno
Reet Champion
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 pr ...more
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 does
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 ...more
Dec 23, 2014 karmaforlifechick rated it really liked it
sitename] My Review

I 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 l
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Oct 18, 2014 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
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 d
Sep 08, 2014 Kav rated it it was amazing
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 sister
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 ...more
Rachelle Cobb
Aug 26, 2014 Rachelle Cobb rated it really liked it
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
Dana Kamstra
Oct 16, 2014 Dana Kamstra rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Vera Godley
Sep 21, 2014 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 28, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
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 pa
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 18, 2014 Susan Snodgrass rated it it was amazing
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
Cheryl Baranski
Aug 12, 2014 Cheryl Baranski rated it it was amazing
Tried and True, By: Mary Connealy

This 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 dressin
Savanna Kaiser
Sep 12, 2014 Savanna Kaiser rated it really liked it
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.

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Nov 03, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Tried and True is my new favorite book by Mary Connealy. It is so good and so much fun. I was constantly laughing at Kylie and Aaron. Those two are so funny together. I can not wait to read the other books in the series and see what Shannon and Bailey gets into.
5 stars.
I received this book from in exchange for my honest review which was given.
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