September 3, 2014

Tried and True

Tried and True
by Mary Connealy

I've read quite a few of Connealy's books and really enjoyed them and even reviewed a couple of them here. But in all honestly this new series isn't my favorite. Normally I love her mixture of romance, humor, western and adventure all rolled into one but this book didn't engage me the way her other books have.

Tried and True is the first book in the new series titled "Wild at Heart" and it is about three sisters. From the beginning I didn't fall in love with the sisters because they actually are living life as men. They wear pants, cut their hair short, and their skills on a homestead put most men to shame. I can understand that many women in that time did this in order to help in the war effort but I don't understand why they continued to live that way after the war was over, nor why they insisted on each of the three and the father getting their own homestead. The plot just didn't seem all that plausible. I realize it is fiction but I would have enjoyed the book more if so much of it hadn't centered on three women living as men.

I also didn't love this book as much because it didn't make me laugh. I typically am laughing my way through a Connealy book and this time I don't think it made me laugh a single time. It also didn't leave me longing for the next book in the series and usually I'm dying to read books two and three immediately.

I am looking forward to reading more of her books that I haven't read yet but I'm not sure I'll bother finishing this series.

Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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