Monday, May 28, 2018

To Claim Her Heart by Jodie Wolfe ends June 4th


Please welcome Jodie Wolfe to my blog this week. Be sure to read on down to find out how to enter to win her new book!

History, Quilt, and Heritage
By Jodie Wolfe

This September 16th will mark the 125th anniversary of the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. If you ever saw the movie Far and Away, you’ve seen an accurate portrayal of the last great race for land in the United States. The land up for grabs was over 6.5 million acres in Oklahoma Territory. Nine different starting places were set up on both the Kansas and Oklahoma borders. 42,000 packets of land were available.

It was a desperate time in our Nation. Troubles with the railroads had caused the stock market to plummet, throwing the country into chaos. Banks closed or foreclosed on loans. Many places of business that were supported by the railroads had to shut their doors. Perhaps the state of the economic slump is why over 115,000 people showed up to race for land in Oklahoma Territory.

This race is of particular interest to me because several of my husband’s relatives participated in that race and found land. My mother-in-law introduced the topic to me 21 years ago. I vividly remember when I traveled to Oklahoma with her and saw the place where one of her relatives had staked a claim. My sons and I were able to see the house that was built into the side of a hill in 1894. They first had built a sod house, but it didn’t last very long.



By the time I saw the house, it was in a state of disrepair. It was gutted inside and parts of it were falling apart. A small creek trailed through the land, and the Gloss (Glass) Mountains were nearby. I could easily imagine characters trekking across the area.



My mother-in-law shared stories of an outlaw gang and my husband’s great, great, great grandmother’s encounter with them. I made sure to include this story in my recent release, To Claim Her Heart.

One of the favorite memories Mom shared with me concerns a Rose of Sharon quilt. From what I’ve been able to research, this quilt was first stitched by a family member in 1834. It’s a unique pattern and was often known as a ‘signature’ piece. At that time, twelve different quilts were stitched for a young lady. One was a signature piece that was unique—special. This quilt was typically only brought out on special occasions in the bride’s lifetime. I have the privilege of having this quilt passed down to me. It’s always been given to the oldest daughter. Since my mother-in-law only had sons, she gave it to me.



I mention the quilt because it has ties to the Cherokee Strip Land Run. It’s believed to have been brought along when my husband’s relatives participated in the race.

GIVEAWAY:
While my mother-in-law never lived to see this story in print, I’m thankful that she shared her rich heritage with me. How about you, do you have any significant stories that have been passed down through the generations that you’d like to share? Do you have any items from relatives that you inherited?
In memory of my mother-in-law, I’ll be giving away a print copy (US only) of my new book, To Claim Her Heart. (ebook for outside US) To be entered to win answer Jodie's question in the comment and don't forget to leave your email so we can contact you. 


Back Cover Blurb:
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.

ABOUT JODIE:

Jodie Wolfe 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. She's been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of ACFW and RWA. 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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26 comments:

  1. I love this cover an this story sounds wonderful. Such a special keepsake, the quilt. I have my moms first sewing machine, some quilts passed down. lots of stories. One is from a relative who fought in the civil war as a sharpshooter. my great great grandmother was Cherokee and there are some interesting stories from her.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. How wonderful to have those stories passed down. I think that's what makes a rich heritage.

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  2. Unfortunately, I don't have any stories or historical memorabilia from my family. Nothing has been passed down other than some genealogy info from my grandmother, but even it doesn't go back very far. No one notable in that info either. This book sounds intriguing. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. Good luck everyone. princessdebbie1_2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Perhaps you can start to pass down some of your own stories, Debbie. :)

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  3. Unfortunately I don't have any stories to share but I do have my grandma's cedar chest which I will pass on to my granddaughter who happens to share the same name, Madalynn, only spelled different (my grandma was Madaline), and it happens to be her grandma's name on her mom's side too. I think the name being the same is neat as my brother's middle name, Henry, and our grandpa on both sides were Henry.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. How neat that the names have been passed down! Thanks for sharing, Wendy!

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  4. I am blessed to have my grandmother's treadle sewing machine. Thanks for sharing about your special quilt.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I remember my great grandmother had a treadle sewing machine. That's wonderful that you have one, Connie!

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  5. I have several items including dishes, quilts and small pieces of furniture that belonged to my grandmother or great grandparents. I love having them but, to my sorrow, my daughter doesn't really appreciate them. She will probably keep them knowing they were important to me so I am hopeful one of my grandchildren may want them! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I know what you mean, Joan. I hope to encourage my grandchildren to appreciate the rich heritage and items that have been passed down through the families.

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  6. I remember stories about one of my ancestors who was a circuit preacher. I remember feeding bums who would come to our house when I was little.
    nlgriggs902atgmaildotcom

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    1. There must have been a lot of stories with having a relative who was a circuit preacher. Thanks for sharing, Nancy!

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  7. Some of the stories during the Korean War that were passed down to me showed me how strong my tiny grandmother was.

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    1. It's amazing the strength we often have when we need it. :)

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  8. I have very little memorabilia from my parents, as they both fled with their families from Russia during the revolution. I did spend many hours typing their story, which was photocopied for each of us. That is one of the few things I have as well as some very old crochet patterns from my Dad's sister.
    Thanks for the giveaway - I love learning more history through all these wonderful books! I am a follower. bettimaceATgmailDOTcom

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    1. What a rich heritage you have, Betti. What stories you have to pass down to your family.

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  9. I have quite a few things from my father's aunt, Aunt Faye, and from my mom and her mother. I love to look at and use these items. Two of my favorites are a water pitcher that belonged to my grandmother and a cake plate that was my mom's. thanks for the giveaway. I loved Far and Away, so I'm very interested in reading to claim Her Heart.
    may_dayzeeATyahooDOTcom (I am a follower).

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    1. My mother-in-law passed down a cake plate from her side of the family. That one went to my brother-in-law. She usually used it to display her favorite prune cake, which I wrote about in To Claim Her Heart. :)

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  10. Jodie, what a rich heritage to write in To Claim Her Heart. Thank you for sharing the history behind your latest release.

    I have an antique library table that my grandparents had during their marriage of almost 74 years of marriage. I also have several glass bowls from relatives that have been passed down in the family. I recall my grandparents talking about feeding hobos that would stop by small churches they pastored.
    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity to win a copy of To Claim Her Heart.
    marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thank you for sharing about some of the interesting things you've been given, Marilyn. So glad you stopped by today!

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  11. I have a big measuring cup that belonged to my Mother my sister gave me after my mom passed ii use it to measure my juice in when I am making homemade jelly. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway! SARAHTAYLOR601973atyahoodotcom

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    1. I'm sure you are reminded of your mom every time you use it, Sarah. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. That is so cool, Jodie! What an amazing legacy in both the story and the quilt! I have a number of special items. One is a gauzy embroidered pink and white coverlet that either my grandmother or my great-grandmother made. I keep trying to figure out ways to display it in our bedroom without causing any damage to it! Blessings!

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  13. That's a challenge, isn't it, Carrie? I'd love to display the quilt I mentioned but want to be able to preserve it for generations to come as well.

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  14. And the winner is Joan A. Congratulations. I'll be contacting you soon!

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