Why did you write this particular story?
I knew as soon as Gertrude Miller appeared as a minor character in Taming Julia that she needed her own story. She had a more active role when she befriended Annie McPherson in Protecting Annie. Because her name is Gertrude, my sons encouraged me to include guinea pigs in the story since we have a family joke about an Aunt Gertrude who lives in Texas and has a guinea pig ranch. Our ‘Aunt Gertrude’ didn’t really exist, but it’s a tale my sons remember fondly. It was fun to research and learn the idea was feasible historically to add in.
Because Gertrude has an overbearing mother, I knew she easily struggled with peace. At the time of my writing this story, I also had a situation where I was wrestling with finding God’s peace in the midst of storms in my life. Gertrude and I went on an adventure together, digging into God’s Word and learning it’s possible to walk in peace even when storms are blowing around you. Gertrude had to go through some significant obstacles in her situation before she finally learned the lesson of looking to God. I had the same experience. Together we cultivated a deeper understanding of God’s peace He so readily provides. I pray you find it as well with whatever circumstance you are going through.
Wooing Gertrudeby Jodie Wolfe
Release Date 2023-09-15
Genres: Fiction / Christian / Romance / Historical, Fiction / Romance / Historical / American
Enoch Valentine has given up finding peace for his past mistakes. He throws everything he has into being the new part-time deputy in Burrton Springs, Kansas while maintaining the foreman position at a local horse ranch. But when trouble stirs on the ranch, he questions whether he' s the right man for either job.
Peace has been elusive for most of Gertrude Miller' s life, especially under the oppressiveness of an overbearing mother. She takes matters into her own hands and sends for a potential husband, while also opening her own dress shop. Gertrude hopes to build a future where she' ll find peace and happiness.
Will either of them ever be able to find peace?