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Kylie Wilde fought in the Civil War dressed as a boy and now she's homesteading as a man. But she makes one lousy man! When land agent Aaron Masterson comes to inspect her claim, he immediately realizes she's a woman. She begs him not to tell, but can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government, even if she really did serve in the war? Aaron is interested in the little spitfire from the moment her long hair falls from her cap, but when he tells her of his plan to stake his own claim, farther west and up in the mountains, she draws away.

Kylie's focus is to "prove up" her homestead, sell it for a profit, move back east, and live the rest of her life in civilization. But all Kylie's future plans are put in jeopardy when someone tries to burn her out. Who would attack her way out here? Aaron and Kylie suspect it's the local land baron - but Gage Coulter denies any involvement. He does suggest a way for Kylie to stay safe, though - marry him! More attacks scare Kylie near to death, and she can't face living on her own any longer. Should she tie her fortune to Gage or Aaron? Either choice will put an end to her dreams of a civilized life. And what if marrying doesn't stop the attacks after all?

©2014 Mary Connealy (P)2014 Recorded Books

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  • Sonya
  • 10-06-15

Good story centered around homesteading era.

Well told story with with a bit of mystery, old west action, and strong family values. I love the telling of how it was back then in early America, with all the struggles people endured.

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  • TL
  • 06-08-18

Great

The story line was. There was a a perfect balance of humor and drama. Mary Connealy is a terrific author!

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  • MarthaMary
  • 03-03-16

Surprising

Surprisingly good. Clean read. Somewhat predictable but not too slow. Will probably read the next in series.

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  • Bookish
  • 07-10-15

Very enjoyable!

Who was your favorite character and why?

They were all very good!

What does Barbara McCulloh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

When you hear the character speaking it's better than just reading it.

Any additional comments?

Get this book I'm sure you will enjoy it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-15

very entertaining

I really like Mary connealy and I am glad she's coming out with more funny, romantic stories.

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  • Jenny M. Roberts
  • 17-11-14

A fluffy listen

Have you listened to any of Barbara McCulloh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first McCulloh narration. I enjoyed it. I could hear her clearly and characters each had a distinct vocal persona.

Do you think Tried and True needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Follow-ups are expected and allowed for with two unattached females at the end of the novel.

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It is a light' amusing read.

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  • Brandy
  • 13-03-19

its an okay story.

I'm surprised a book from Mary isn't better than this. normally the books that she writes are much more better than this

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-08-20

ugh

SPOILER ALERT! I really tried to like this book. The heroine did nothing but complain internally about how rough she had it. The hero was arrogant and obnoxious most of the time. While I'm not a feminist, I found the whole thing insulting and degrading to women as a whole. And seriously, this girl fought in a war for 2 years, but she's shaking and had to be carried when she has a run-in with some snakes?!
there's nothing wrong with dreaming of having a house and a family to care for. But the entire book seemed to poke fun at those who would DARE to desire living life a different way.
Also, it really bothered me the number of times "men's work" and "women's work" were mentioned throughout the entire book. I lost count of how many times I rolled my eyes. pretty disappointed.

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  • A. McElwee
  • 23-04-20

My personal favorite of this great series

I found myself searching for this narrator in other books, she was so great. She changes the voices so subtlety that you just sank into the book—and this was consistent for the whole series. I loved the concept of three women disguised as men to serve in the Civil War and then homestead out West. Romantic, yet inspiring. Great author!!!

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  • Samantha
  • 20-03-20

so close...

I keep reading Mary Connealy hoping that her writing will improve. I always enjoy the "bones" of her stories, but feel like they are lacking any real substance. Hardly any character development, unrealistic relationship progression and choppy flow. like I said, I enjoy the basic story outline, but it seams like she doesn't put much thought into the story past that.