“Tried and True” by Mary Connealy is the first book in her newest “Wild at Heart” series, starring the Wilde sisters Kylie, Bailey, and Shannon. All of the sisters served in the War Between the States, posing as men, and pressured by their father in honor of their brother. Since that have served their time, the family moves out West to acquire land.
Kylie is tired of being manipulated into acting like a man and cannot wait to return to city life. Her sisters always seem to have to come over and help her with “men’s work”. In one such instance where Kylie did not want to have to ask them to help, she climbs up upon her own roof during a thunderstorm. Really.
Aaron Masterson is the local land agent who comes to check on Kylie’s claim, only to discover that she’s a woman. Over time, he also finds that all of her sisters are women, and their father has manipulated them into pretending to be men. He feels sorry for Kylie, and wants to help her, but doesn’t want to compromise his integrity with his job. Then matters get more complicated when another landowner wants the Wilde family’s land, and flaming arrows are shot at her house.
This book was pretty far-fetched, I did not think it was historically accurate, or the characters relatable. I did not connect with the story, and was disappointed because I had enjoyed previous books by this author. This one just didn’t click for me.
Thanks to Bethany House publishers and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review.