I really enjoyed To Claim Her Heart from a new to me author, Jodie Wolfe. It is real history come to life in a fiction novel. The author has real connections through her mother in law with people that lived through the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. Two fictional participants Elmer (Elsie) Smith, trying to honor her deceased Pa, and Benjamin David, a preacher, trying to start over after losing his fiancé claim the same piece of land.
Elsie was raised by her Pa after her Ma died giving birth to her. She is tough and full of grit. Not a dress wearing lady and knows more about farming the land than the preacher would ever hope to. He hopes to gain knowledge from Elsie and she wants only to be left alone, burying her past hurts deep within. They struggle through drought, outlaws brush fires and establishing homes apart from each other. What will become of their separate claims when it is time to go before a judge?
The author did a great job of describing the surroundings and hardships of this time period. I could easily picture the scenery, the apparel and almost taste the dust off the ground. I will be looking for more books by this author.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the author/publisher but was not required to write a review.