About the Book
Title: To Claim Her Heart
Author: Jodie Wolfe
Release Date: May 14, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance
In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his ‘Promised Land’. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancee, but he didn’t count on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he sadly lacks.
Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith’s only hope for survival, but not just any plot will do. She has a specific one in mind. The plot’s not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. Elsie’s willing to do whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and she determined to keep it, but she wasn’t planning on a kind, handsome preacher standing in her way.
Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has not intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land … or her heart.
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About the Author
Jodie Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie. She creates novels where hope and quirky meet. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.
Guest Post from Jodie Wolfe
The Heart of a Book
I think there’s always a little bit of the author in each book they write, but sometimes something deeper and very close to the author is wrapped up in the pages of a story. That’s the case for To Claim Her Heart. This is the tale that my mother-in-law always wanted me to write. She was so proud of her family heritage and almost twenty years ago, she was anxious to share it with me. We visited Oklahoma where several of her relatives had staked claims in the last great race for land in our country – the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. This September will mark the 125th anniversary of the land race.
While it saddens me that my dear mother-in-law never lived long enough to see this story in print, I’m thankful that she shared her rich heritage with me. In To Claim Her Heart I was able to mention a recipe passed down through her family for prune cake. I also made sure the heroine had a Rose of Sharon quilt that was given to her. My mother-in-law gave me this quilt dating back as early as 1834 when it was stitched by my husband’s great, great, great, great grandmother. It’s been passed down to the oldest daughter for generations. But, I think one of my favorite memories is the one that concerns outlaws and how my husband’s great, great, great grandmother dealt with them. To find out more about this actual encounter, you’ll have to read To Claim Her Heart. I hope your heart will be as touched by these stories as mine was when my mother-in-law shared them.
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My Review of To Claim Her Heart:
To Claim Her Heart is set in the days of the Wild West races for expansion. Back in those days, the government allowed those who wished to obtain a piece of land to purchase a permit and race their heart out until they found the spot of their dreams. You’d find the place, drive a stake in the dirt and go to the nearest land office to claim your ownership. And that’s exactly what Elmer “Elsie” Smith and Benjamin David did. Only the land they wanted was the same piece of land.
What happens when you grab the same land as someone else and claim it at a different office than the other person? You have to wait months and months for a hearing and the land dispute to be settled. In the meantime, you either share the land or you give up. For Elsie and Benjamin David, they were so stubborn that neither one of them would give up. Plus Benjamin had no idea how to manage a homestead and Elsie didn’t realize just how hard it would all be without the finances she needed to make this place her home.
What it came down to is that they either learn to work together in order to survive or they lose out big time. And sometimes love can be found a long the way, even with a man who’s faith she didn’t buy into. Sometimes it takes a good-hearted Christian man to change a stubborn girls heart.
This book was a lot of fun to read. It really reached to my heart and I truly enjoyed every page. Jodie has a wonderful way with words and a funny undertone that I absolutely enjoyed.
Jodie Wolfe is a wonderful author who tells a funny story in a romantic way. She likes writing Historical Romances. She enjoys history and grew up loving Little House On the Prairie. Her family and the Lord are what brings joy to her days. Sharing stories with others does as well.