Monday, September 8, 2014

Tried & True

GIVEAWAY

CONNEALY, MARY
TRIED & TRUE

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?

My Review:

Mary Connealy is back with another runaway hit series -- at least that's what I'm predicting based on the first book, Tried & True. This is classic Connealy, ripe with her trademark wit, snappy dialogue and cutting sarcasm which all combine to provide many laugh-out-loud moments. But there are some poignant scenes as well that bring an added depth and richness to the story.

One of the things I admire most about this author's work is her attention to the little details. Take the Wilde sisters's family name, for instance. Talk about tongue-in-cheek! Once you meet Kylie, Shannon and Bailey you'll understand why.

This is Kylie's story and she's an interesting mix of genteel homebody and  homesteading survivalist.  I think she's one of the most unique heroines in Connealy's arsenal to date and that's saying something!

Aaron's smitten from the very start and their romance is funny, sweet and even heart-wrenching at times. The fact that both Kylie and Aaron have shared Civil War experiences brings an added intensity to their love story. There are a few stirring scenes between those two that left me feeling raw. And then, on the flip side I'm laughing hysterically over their antics in the very next scene.

Which sums up this book and its author perfectly. Reading Connealy is like taking a roller coaster ride -- there are just as many thrills and chills accompanied by a whole lot of laughter.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Tried & True please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 14 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

28 comments:

  1. Sounds like fun! Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're counted, Janka. Good luck!

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  2. Good Morning Kav,

    Mary Connealy is one of my favorite authors. Thank you for the chance to to win her newest book Tried and True.

    Have a great day!

    ~Tammi

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

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  3. I am saddled up and ready to go with this one, Kav! It sounds like a winner to me! Thank you for a great review!!!!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. LOL -- I'll say, Melanie, you even have the lingo down pat. Good luck!

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  4. I ALWAYS enjoy Mary Connealy's books. Sign me up!

    rachaeldalquist(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Sounds like a fun read ~ love a good Western! Add me in please. :) Karen R. kjrochon40(at)msn(dot)com

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  6. I love Mary's writing and this book sounds like one I would love to read.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. I think this might just be my favourite...but The Husband Tree is still up there too. They're duking it out for top spot. :-) Good luck, Maryann.

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  7. Mary is such a fun writer. Thanks, Kav!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  8. Thos book sounds AMAZING , just like everything else Mary has written :) Thank you so much for this great giveaway!
    bekaboobear(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Mary's pretty awesome all right. Good luck, Rebekah.

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  9. Looks like another winner by Mary!! Would love to read. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It definitely is, Eliza. Good luck!

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  10. I love the laughter and thrills that Mary's books offer! Thank you for sharing your great review and giveaway, Kav!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Britney. Good luck!

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  11. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck!

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  12. I love Mary's books! Would love to be entered!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Doesn't everybody? LOL Good luck, Nicole.

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  13. Hi again Kav. Thanks for reviewing Mary's new book. She is quite a lady. I can always expect some laughter when I am visiting her wherever she is visiting. So, if you are down in the dumps just visit Mary. Have to love that gal. I would sure love to win this book of hers. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Mary does have a way about her (and so od her heroines!) Good luck, Maxie.

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  14. Mary's books are always good and I look forward to this one.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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