Tried and True

Connealy, Mary. Tried and True: Wild at Heart- Book 1. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
cowboyTired of living as a man, Kylie Wilde dreams of being a true woman (elegant dresses and all). Though she earned her exemption as a “boy” in the Civil War, she cannot wait to sell her land to move out East as a lady…until land agent Aaron Masterson discovers her secret…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Stetsons, horses and cowboys…the makings of a fun story! Three sisters homesteading in the West provide an entertaining notion for a book which reads quickly, easily and wildly. With a bit of a mystery and quite the romance brewing, Tried and True is a playful read which includes a piece of history in the exemption offered to men of the Civil War in homesteading (each year served in the War counted as a year off the five-year land period). As a fan of Mary Connealy’s humorous writing, I was not disappointed in this novel and already am looking forward to her next ones in the Wild at Heart series. Ride em’ cowboy (er, cowgirl)!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Tried and True from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*

A Match Made In Texas

Witemeyer, Karen. Connealy, Mary. Jennings, Regina. Cox, Carol. A Match Made In Texas. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
texasFour novellas, written by four different authors, yet all connected to Dry Gulch, Texas in the year 1893. Romance, humor, adventure, and faith all come together as a secret matchmaker works her magic on the back-country ranches of Texas. Included are A Cowboy Unmatched by K. Witmeyer, An Unforeseen Match by R. Jennings, No Match for Love by C. Cox and Meeting Her Match by M. Connealy…each a stand alone story yet linked to the others.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Each delightful novella is interconnected through location and circumstances which prove humorous but sincere. With two of my favorite authors coupled with two new authors (and now both my favorite as well), I truly enjoyed this graceful mix of stories. Overall well written and satisfying, I appreciated that all the short novels were contained in one book (with an adorable cover). Perfect just in time for Valentine’s Day, this collection of sweet, charming and genuine novellas is matchless.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Match Made In Texas from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review