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.
If you ever wonder where I am some days, I'm lost in the pages of good book like this one. To Claim Her Heart had everything to keep me turning the pages, love, history, suspense, and action. The descriptions had me feeling like was actually had stepped back into the 1800's. It was such an exciting but dangerous time!
As much as I would have loved to live then, I just can't imagine being a woman in the 1800's. I think that's why Elsie spoke to me with her own sense of practical style and work ethic. She was smart and knew how to get things done even if it was a man's job.
God's love, patience, and forgiveness is in the midst of all the turmoil, making it a great fiction Christian historical read! I loved it!
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