To Claim Her Heart by Jodi

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About the Book

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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.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Elmer (Elsie) Smith And Benjamin David were among the many people in the 1893 great race for claiming land on the Cherokee Strip Land Run. Trouble was, they both won the same plot of land, and neither of them was going to give their land up because this is what they both have dreamed about. So the only option is to both live on the same plot of land until the authorities can come up with a solution, which will take 6 months. Who will win out on this piece of property?

What a fun and interesting story! I loved the two main characters, Elsie (for even though she was playing the part of a man, her cover was soon found out), and Pastor Ben. This story had me laughing at times and then at times it was heartwarming by the way Ben and Elsie wanted to make sure each other was ok! And spending so much time together brought feelings that neither or them was about to address! I also enjoyed the history in this story, it goes way back to times when living in sod houses was ok because that was all some could afford. And this little community that has formed here very quickly became friends and willing to help each other. There were many hurdles to overcome, but as a community, they faced them together. It was heartwarming to see the love and the bond they formed so quickly.

This is a great book for you history people out there, but it’s also a good clean one for anyone to read!! A  copy of this book was provided by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

About the Author

JodieJodie 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.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Giveaway

https://promosimple.com/ps/cf88/to-claim-her-heart-celebration-tour

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jodie Wolfe
    Jun 29, 2018 @ 11:08:04

    Thank you for your sweet review and for being part of the blog tour!

    Reply

  2. Ellen Levickis
    Jun 30, 2018 @ 21:04:19

    This looks like a good book. It definitely has my attention!

    Reply

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