Tried & TrueBook - 2014
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?
"Another great laugh-out-loud historical romance with memorable characters who have charm, style, grace, and a bit of mischief."
--RT Book Reviews on In Too Deep
"Connealy's style is fast-paced and spritely and sure to keep drawing fans."
"With her trademark humor, Connealy weaves a delightful tale that is sure to please her fans and win new readers."
--Library Journal on Over the Edge
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This is a fun new series by Mary Connealy and she does not disappoint! I can't wait to read the next one. Three sisters once had a brother who died in the Civil War and their manipulative father convinced them to fight in his place. They masqueraded as boys and got away with it until the war ended and then headed west to homestead. Two of the sisters seem fine with living as a man, one even seems to thrive on the hard work that goes with homesteading, but not Kylie. She is sick and tired of short hair, pants, loneliness and everything else about the uncivilized west. She can't wait to finish her time earning her land, hand her piece of property over to her father and head back to civilization! Tea parties, hats, dresses, people!
She goes against her family's 'rules' and wears skirts when she's alone at home and grows her hair long again, although it's tucked out of sight under her hat whenever anyone is around to see. Land Agent Aaron Masterson comes along just in time to help her out of quite a predicament when she has an accident attempting to get off her roof and for a time she convinces him that the property belongs to her brother. How long will she be able to keep her secret? Aaron has come west from a wealthy upbringing in the south after his home is destroyed and his family killed during the war.
I enjoyed this book, it's sweet and funny and definitely worth the read, however I did find the ending to be very weak in comparison to the rest of the story. That's disappointing but not a deal breaker.
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