Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "To Claim Her Heart" by Jodie Wolfe

About the Book

To claim her heartTitle: 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 The Oklahoma Land Rush has always fascinated me, so I was excited about getting to read this book about the land rush on the Cherokee Strip. I hadn't given much thought to the possibility of two people claiming the same tract of land. "To Claim Her Heart" presented such a case and dealt with it in an interesting way. I liked Benjamin and Elsie and was encouraged by the growth they experienced in their lives along the way. There were twists I didn't expect and it kept things interesting. I stayed up too late reading on more than one occasion because I didn't want to put the book down and it kept pulling me along. 

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

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.

Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, June 19
Remembrancy, June 20
Novels corner, June 21
Among the Reads, June 23
Margaret Kazmierczak, June 23 (Interview)
Reading is my Super Power, June 24 (Interview)
Vicky Sluiter, June 25
Splashes of Joy, June 27
Pause for Tales, June 29
Bigreadersite, July 2


To celebrate her tour, Jodie is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle Fire!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

"To Claim Her Heart" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Smitten Historical Romance (May 14, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1946016470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1946016478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 3395 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1946016470
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smitten Historical Romance (May 14, 2018)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.


Jodie Wolfe said...

Chuckle. Sorry to keep you up late reading... but those are words an author loves to hear when referencing a book they wrote. :)

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the guest post. I like that the story is about her family history in the land claiming. It sounds like an interesting story with a personal twist.

Jodie Wolfe said...

There are lots of twists and turns, Perrianne. :)

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I enjoyed reading about the family story that influenced thus story. I look forward to reading Jodie's book.