About the Book
Book: Protecting Annie
Author: Jodie Wolfe
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Release date: November 12, 2021
After twenty years living along the trail as a deputy U.S. Marshal, Joshua Walker takes a job as sheriff in Burrton Springs, Kansas so he can be closer to his sister. Only problem is, she no longer requires his protecting.
After the death of her father, Annie McPherson needs a change. She accepts a position as schoolmarm hoping her past won’t catch up with her. Life is good, except for the pesky lawman who creates confrontations at every turn and continually questions her ability to adjust to life in the west.
When the irritating schoolteacher’s past and present collide, dragging Josh into the turmoil, he has to decide who he’s willing to defend.
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About the Author
Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Faith, Hope & Love Christian Writers, and COMPEL Training. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests. A former columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at: Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Heirloom Audio. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.
More from Jodie
I’ve always been fond of reading mail-order bride books. Not that I would have ever had the courage to do something so brave. 🙂 But it’s fun writing and reading them. I also love perusing historical journal entries of women who decided to marry a complete stranger. Sometimes it worked out great, other times, not so much. In most cases, the heroine traveled across country to arrive in the west to meet her potential groom. Often they had no idea what each other looked like before they met for the first time. Not that looks matter.
At times the woman was given the opportunity to get to know the fella for a while before they actually married. Other times, they tied the knot as soon as the potential wife arrived at their destination. Some women fled desperate situations in the east, hoping for a better outcome only to find themselves embroiled in another bad position. All of the different scenarios I’ve read about helped to prime the pump for Protecting Annie.
In book one of my Burrton Springs Brides series, Taming Julia, I had the heroine’s brother, Josh set Jules (Julia) up as a mail-order bride. As I was writing that story, I knew it would be fun to change things up in book two and have Jules return the favor by ordering a mail-order bride for Josh. That’s the premise for this new story. Josh isn’t exactly thrilled to learn of his sister’s interference in his life and decision to remain single.
I hope you’ll enjoy the story of two unlikely people who are thrown together.
I really enjoyed this mail order bride story. During this time period it was often that men sent away for a mail order bride. Now I’m not sure how safe it was but many young women answered the ads and set out on an adventure of a new life. I have always been fascinated by this time of genre because I love to find out why a woman would risk everything to marry a stranger.
This is the second book in the series and the focus is on the sheriff and Annie. His sister decides he needs to be married and sends for a mail order bride for him. Josh is not happy with his sister’s decision to go behind his back. His sister means well but he has his hands full keeping the town safe and trying to avoid Annie McPherson.
Annie has come to town as the new schoolmarm and finds that the town is behind the times according to her upbringing, I laugh every time I think about her shock at not having facilities closer to her. She has this uppity attitude and crashes with Josh. Their banter is comical and had me laughing so hard that I was crying. Annie needs to lighten up a little and give Josh a chance to show her that he really is a nice man.
There is a little mystery in the story that keeps Josh on his toes. Who is stealing from people in the town? The author has crafted a story that takes you back to the Wild West as unsavory characters lurked in the distance waiting to strike at any moment. I couldn’t wait to see who the guilty person was. The author incorporates one of my favorite stories from the Bible which is about the prodigal son. It made me look at this piece from the Bible in a different way. God is waiting for those who have strayed away to come back to Him and receive forgiveness. E sure to read the little devotional at the end of the story.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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