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 Review: I usually like Mary Connealy because she has a fluffy, fun style. This book was no exception. Her characters, Kylie Wilde and Aaron Masterson, were quite entertaining, though not particularly deep. However, since I know how she writes, I wasn’t expecting anything deep.
I liked the idea of the three sisters pretending that they were men. That was quite interesting. The three sisters each had a distinct personality. There was Baily, Shannon, and Kylie. To tell the truth, Kylie was just an OK character. She was always in the shadow of her older sisters. I believe the author was leading the reader to believe that she was going to write Shannon’s story next in the series. I’ll probably skip that one. I already know how it will end. But I will probably read Baily’s story when it comes out. Her character was so tomboyish it will be interesting to see who she falls in love with. Which, of course, I know exactly who she’ll fall in love with since it was pretty much given away in Tried and True. But it will probably be a really good story.
One thing I disliked about Tried and True was how the two main characters got married. Why did they get married exactly? They didn’t love each other and never really admitted to it until the very end. There was only physical attraction—that I could see—that made them want to get married. I saw no spiritual attraction whatsoever.
Despite this flaw, the constant action that I always expect from Mary Connealy’s books was definitely there. I most likely won’t read the next book in this series, but maybe the last one. Her books do tend to all sound similar. But they are enjoyable.
I give Tried and True 3 out of 5 stars.
*I received a review copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.*