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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Meet Rusty Cat!!!

On August 16 we became a family of 5 with the addition of Rusty Cat to our family. Growing up on a farm means I've had cats my entire life. They've always been outside cats and that's our plan with this little guy. So far Rusty is in love with the backyard and all the trees. We've been crate training him like a dog (yes, you read that correctly!) and he's learning to go outside and come back inside like the dogs. Surprisingly Lucky and Rusty get along the best of all even though Sasha tries desperately to get the kitty to love her. I'll be the first to admit that I was a little worried when we got Rusty that Lucky wouldn't like him and that could lead to very bad things if you get my drift. Thankfully they are both respectful of each others space and seem to be good friends most of the time. Lucky is still adjusting to Rusty's erratic, catlike behavior that sends him flying across the yard chasing bugs and leaves.

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Rusty's birthday is April 21 which is kinda neat because that's the day we got engaged in 2008 and it's the day after Allan's birthday. In case you're curious Lucky's not the only one that's become fast friends with Rusty Cat. Allan likes him and dare I say might even love him a little bit. They're quite the pair playing Destiny on the PS4 with Allan holding the controller and Rusty leaning over the controller watching what Allan's doing. We also lucked out with a cat that loves riding in the car like a dog. By some miracle we survived a 3-hour car ride with Allan driving, me riding shotgun holding Rusty, and Sasha and Lucky riding in the back. Road trips won't be lacking for entertainment anytime soon!






So there you have it. We are officially cat owners!

Tried and True by Mary Connealy

Tried and True by Mary Connealy is the first book in her new Wild at Heart series. While I didn't do this on purpose this book also centers around women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men. The Wilde sisters (Bailey, Shannon, and Kylie) fought for the Union and after the war headed west to homestead. It was their father's urging that sent them all into battle and then out West. This first book introduces us to the Wilde family but centers around the youngest sister, Kylie. As it turns out Kylie is the most feminine of the three girls and has no desire to cut her hair short and continue to dress like a man. The way she sees it is that no one is going to venture out to her land anyway so why worry about hiding who she really is. That all changes when Aaron Masterson, the local land agent, stumbles upon her cabin just in time to catch her as she's falling off the roof in a dress and not looking at all like a man. This begins a whirlwind romance between two people who couldn't want more different futures. Kylie wants to put in the rest of her time required to homestead, sell her land to her family, and head back east to live in a civilized city where she can wear bonnets, serve tea, and be a lady. Aaron, however, intends to fulfill his commitment as land agent until the land rush settles down and then he plans to find a spot in the mountains where he can live in peace.

Not to worry this isn't a cut a dry love story. Things don't seem to go quite as either Aaron or Kylie planned and when danger strikes they both discover the depth of their feelings for one another. In my opinion the depth of all the characters is what makes this book so well-written. This book was a quick, easy read and one that I enjoyed. I can't wait for the next two books in the series so I can read more about Shannon and Bailey!

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.