Tried & True by Mary Connealy, a review

About the book: 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?

About 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.

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My Thoughts:

This is the fourth book by Mary Connealy that I have read (I read The Kincaid Bride series)... and I enjoyed it just as well as I did the first three!

The story line was one I haven't read before... beginning with women pretending to be men and fighting in the civil war and women heading west, staking claims and pretending to be men so they can get their war exemptions.  All of these things were new to me, and I LOVE that!  (I really didn't know men in the war got a couple of years knocked off their homesteading requirements for years of service).  

Anyhow, mixed in with this wonderful history lesson is a good amount of humor, mystery and romance.  Sure the romance that comes to fruition is predictable from the beginning, but it's fun seeing how they get there... we also get a peak at romances to come in future books.  We also see glimpses of how people deal (or don't deal) with war and the battle scars - both mental and physical and how God can help us through tough situations and uses us to help others.