Sunday, June 5, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Taming Julia by Jodie Wolfe

Book: Taming Julia

Author: Jodie Wolfe

Genre: Christian fiction

Release date: November 2011

In 1875, Kansas bachelor Drew Montgomery’s sole desire is to serve God, but his congregation’s ultimatum that he marry or leave, forces him to advertise for a wife by proxy.

Jules Walker strides into Drew’s life wearing breeches and toting a gun and saddle–more cowboy than bride. After years on the trail, she’s not exactly wife material, but she longs for home and family, and will do anything to ensure Drew never discovers what she really is.


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I really enjoy Historical Western Romance novels. Tamie Julia by Jodie Wolfe is Book 1 in the Burrton Springs Brides series. I actually read Book 2 prior to reading Book 1. The Series seems to be good as Stand Alone Books. I personally prefer to read a series in order, but it worked this time. 

The time is 1875 in Kansas. Drew Montgomery has one mission in life and that is to serve God. He is currently a Single Man Pastoring a Church. His congregation tells him he needs to find a wife or give up his pastoring position. He chooses to find a wife through advertising for one. Jules Walker answers the ad and comes into Drew's life. Jules was raised by her brother on the Trails and grew up around men. She is not exactly "wife" material, but she really wants to be Drew's Wife and have a home and family. She has a secret that that she is intent on making sure never finds out about. Will Jules be the "Wife" for Drew? Will she be able to keep her secret from him?  

WOW, what an amazing Storyline. I would never expect to read about a Pastor doing a ""Mail Order Bride", but the storyline worked for this book.  I really thought Drew was super patient with Jules while she learned how to be housewife. Julia is fearful that Drew will find out her secret that could change things for their relationship. The story is filled with lots of  humor and suspense and has lots of twists and turns. Taming Julia  is a book about Faith, Trusting God, and Romance I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction Romance. GREAT BOOK!

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. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania.


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I love mail-order bride stories, so I wondered what would happen if a pastor advertised for a genteel woman and the opposite showed up instead. I thought I could further complicate things by having the couple marry by proxy before she even arrives. Just that scenario alone made for a fun story to write.


My heroine, Jules Walker moved to Kansas from Texas to be a mail-order bride, even though she didn’t know what that was at the time. For most of her adult life, she’s helped her brother track outlaws in Texas as part of his job as a deputy US Marshal.


As part of the story, she has to come to terms with a traumatic event in her past. I won’t share more so I don’t spoil it for you, but I needed somewhere in Texas for this incident to take place. Because my husband’s aunt and uncle live in Texas, they were a wealth of resources when it came to accurately describing the area. One place in particular is called the Narrows and it’s situated close to them, but it’s on private property.


A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to travel and visit them. We received special permission to go on the private ranch and see the Narrows. It’s an unexpected area with sharp limestone rocks, and a deep cavern carved out by the Blanco River. Most times, it’s a sleepy waterway, but when the area has a flash flood, water rushes through the cavern and often to the top. When this happens, you can hear the water gushing from far away.


I so enjoyed being able to see the area first-hand. There are places where the water is shallow and others that are extremely deep pools. It has such a distinct beauty. At some point I hope to use this setting in another book.


That’s a small snapshot into how Taming Julia came to life. I hope you’ll enjoy the story of two unlikely people who are thrown together.

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To celebrate her tour, Jodie is giving away the grand prize of an audio CD of 12 historical novels and novellas. Stories of chivalry, adventure and romance!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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I'm so glad you enjoyed Taming Julia. :)

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