ELMER (ELSIE): Howdy, I’m Elmer Esther Smith. Most folks call me Elsie. There’s often a lot of confusion over my name. I have a mix of both my pa and ma’s names. You see I was the last in a string of five girls. I reckon Pa figured I was his only chance of having a son since Ma died givin’ birth to me. Pa gave me his name, even though I’m a girl. Anyway, I don’t know how I ended up as a main character in a book, especially since most folks ignore me on account of me not being like other gals. I wear my pa’s old clothes and can’t abide wearin’ a dress.
BENJAMIN: Hello, I’m Benjamin David. I hear a lot of jokes about my name. I know it’s unusual since David is typically a first name. I actually heard from the author that her husband was named for a great grandpa David. I think the author’s husband also had a family member named Benjamin who made the Cherokee Strip Land Run. Apparently there’s a lot of history with this family when it comes to the Cherokee Outlet. I think that’s interesting.
ELSIE: I grew up in Kansas, farming with my pa. We had a good life for many years, despite my Aunt Kate always buttin’ her nose in our business and trying to make me into a ‘respectable young lady’. She’s been a burr in my hide all of my life so headin’ to Oklahoma Territory where she has no idea where I am sounds like pure bliss. I reckon I’ll never see her again, and I’m happy about that.
BENJAMIN: I’m a preacher like my father. I heard the call to tell others about the Lord when I was just a young boy. Most thought I would follow in my father’s footsteps and take over for him, but after I experienced a great loss in my life, I knew I needed a fresh start. I also had to fulfill something I promised to someone special.
ELSIE: Gettin’ a claim in the land run is the only answer to my problems. The last thing I’m looking for is a man to solve all of my struggles. God’s abandoned me before so I’ll do whatever it takes to protect my heart from gettin’ stung again. I don’t need a man to come to my rescue or stake a claim on my heart. I can do things all on my own—just wait and see.
BENJAMIN: I’m open for God to use me however He feels is best as I seek a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run. I know He has something special in store for me. I just have to trust Him to lead and guide me as I move forward. I desire to touch others as I make a fresh start. I’m sure that God will use me as I reach out to my new neighbors and seek to follow and use the gifts God has given me. The only thing I’m not looking for is to marry. Some are called to be single and after my loss… well, let’s just say that I have no desire to claim someone’s heart. But to hear more about my run-in with Elsie, you’ll have to check out what the author wrote about us. Here’s a little more about it:
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 fiancée. He hasn’t counted 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 is sadly lacking.
Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith’s only hope for survival, and not just any plot, she has a specific one in mind. The land’s not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. She’s willing to put in whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and Elsie’s determined to keep it.
Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has no intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land . . . or her heart.
My Story Title: To Claim Her Heart
My Story Genre: Historical Romance
My Story Releases: May 14, 2018
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The Author of My Story: Jodie Wolfe
Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests. A former columnist for Home School Enrichmentmagazine, her articles can be found online at: Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Heirloom Audio. She’s a contributor and co-founder of Stitches Thru Time blog. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.
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TO CLAIM HER HEART.