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A comical romp out in Idaho Territory!
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?
As I sit here in my blue jeans and Justins, I can’t imagine Kylie’s desire to wear skirts! And yet I can, because my reason for wearing what I do is completely different. Having been controlled by her father for her whole life, she does what she has to, whether she likes it or not. But she has big plans to get away from him and the wild West as soon as she can. Civilization offers her the opportunity to be herself for the first time.
Or does it?
Aaron wants to escape into the mountains to get away from the hate he faced after the Civil War. He doesn’t want to have to deal with people, and a solitary life in the wilderness sounds just about perfect. But then he meets Kylie and her sisters, and his idea of perfect begins to change.
The antics of the sisters, and their very different ways of responding to the pressures of their father and their memories of the war, kept me smirking throughout the story. Their solutions to the situations that arise are amusing – and often lead to more trouble.
Aaron is a likable hero. He isn’t the stereotypical tall, dark and handsome, nor is he the rugged frontiersman. Rather, he is an ordinary man, bruised from the war and trying to find himself and the peace his heart desperately needs. His reactions to the Wilde girls brought me just as much amusement as the girls themselves.
Tried and True is a quick, humorous read. It is the first in a series, and I will be keeping an eye out for book two.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)