Tried and True by Mary Connealy

Title:  Tried & True (Wild at heart Book #1)
Author:  Mary Connealy
Pages:  320
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bethany
This is an extraordinary tale of three sisters who served in the civil war, cutting their hair short, wearing the uniform with no one the wiser that they weren’t men!  After the war, they go west to homestead new land.  Since they served time in the military they reduced the number of years before the land deed was in their own name until the land agent Aaron Masterson rode onto Kylie’s land one day and eventually discovered the family secret.
While the three sisters Bailey, Shannon and Kylie dressed and acted as men, it doesn’t take an undistracted man mere seconds before realizing he was looking at women.  Their Pa, torn with grief over losing his only son and widowed to boot, had to find a way to begin again and using his daughters was his plan.  What their Pa hadn’t counted on was Kylie getting married and giving up her homestead.  Since the Civil War ended, most people were working through their shattered lives.  One man was determined to find Aaron and take away anything he had and anyone he loved.
I so enjoyed the first installment in this new series by Mary Connealy!  There was action, adventure, romance, secrets, faith and family.  Each of the three main female was unique and though often at odds with how they viewed life, they were tightly knit together.  The choices the characters faced to love not hate, forgive instead of hold on to bitterness caused by the war were profoundly written in the story. 
The sequel to Tried & True comes out next year, focusing on one of the other two sisters while having some of the characters from book one continue on in book two, Now and Forever.  I look forward to that novel and the third one whenever it is released!  Don’t miss these heartfelt and heart-pounding tales!
My rating is 5+ stars!
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