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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A western romance of misunderstanding.
A promising premise, with interesting characters. I thought it was a fun read, and it was interesting to see how Annie and Josh would get to know each other through their multiple misunderstandings. Annie has a great friend who stands up for her, and I liked the addition of an adorable little boy who befriends Josh's dog.
I think that the plot was promising, and definitely wanted to know what would happen next. Though I felt that there were many times when Josh really let Annie down and left her in a vulnerable position, instead of protecting her, and that made it hard for me to like them together--or more specifically Josh.
Overall, this was one was a mixed bag for me, because there were things that I liked and wanted to like more of, but at the same time there were elements that just didn't work for me. I really appreciated the strong faith journeys, which was one of the shining spots of this novel. I think that this would be great for people who really enjoyed the first book in the series, and like western romances.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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.
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