Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tried and True by Mary Connealy

I am a reviewer for Bethany House, so I occasionally receive books to read in exchange for reviewing them. This review is for Tried and True by Mary Connealy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It got my attention from the first line where Kylie is on the roof lamenting that she has to be there at all and act like a man. Enter Aaron--who just conveniently happens to be at the house at the exact moment she falls and catches her. There is a lot of predictability, but it is a fun story.

I loved Kylie's self-sufficient sisters and Kylie's realization that though she's not a great man, she has talents and traits that make her a very sufficient woman. We see her falling apart in several places only to pull herself together again using skills she learned in the war. There are several things that I didn't think were super believable--how horrible her father is, the fact that she was in a war with how girly she is, the horrible things another woman does to her on the off chance that it will make a man marry her, but overall it's well worth reading.

I really liked the plot twist at the end and how that relationship develops between Aaron and the person seeking to harm him. I also look forward to reading future books about Kylie's sisters Shannon and Bailey!

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