Sixty Acres and a Bride (Ladies of Caldwell County Book #1) [NOOK Book]

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Sensational debut Historical Romance Finds Love on the Texas Range

With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to Texas and the family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have only three months to pay.

Though facing eviction, Rosa can't keep herself from falling in love with the countryside and the ...
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Sixty Acres and a Bride (Ladies of Caldwell County Book #1)

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Overview

Sensational debut Historical Romance Finds Love on the Texas Range

With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to Texas and the family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have only three months to pay.

Though facing eviction, Rosa can't keep herself from falling in love with the countryside and the wonderful extended family who want only her best. Learning the American customs is not easy, however, and this beautiful young widow can't help but catch wandering eyes. Where some offer help with dangerous strings attached, only one man seems honorable. But when Weston Garner, still grieving his own lost love, is unprepared to give his heart, to what lengths will Rosa go to save her future?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jennings’s debut novel will have historical romance fans flocking to her tale that puts a Texas spin on the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz. Rosa Garner, widowed daughter-in-law of widow Louise Garner, returns with her to Lockhart, Tex., to take over the farm the Garners left years before. Her Mexican ways, however, take the town by surprise, and also catch the eye of Weston Garner, Louise’s nephew and a wealthy landowner. Rosa and Louise soon find themselves in trouble over back taxes. When Rosa follows Louise’s suggestion to approach Weston for help—straight from the Ruth/Boaz story—she gets more than she bargained for. But can she live in a loveless marriage that can save the family farm but damage her heart? Jennings’s story is rife with interesting subplots—evil neighbor, unrequited love, guilt—though a bit disjointed at the start as readers struggle to figure out who is who. The denouement, however, is a lovely picture of God’s provision, forgiveness, and love. Agent: Rachel Kent, Books and Such. (Feb.)
Library Journal
A vivacious young widow returns to the family ranch in Texas and finds that the county is demanding back taxes she cannot pay. Several men offer to help her out of her bind, but only one of them seems honorable. A fresh voice in Christian historical romance makes her debut with this lovely Texas twist on the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441269973
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: Ladies of Caldwell County , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,643
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children. Visit her website at www.reginajennings.com.
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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    Wow, Wonderful Debut Novel and Must Read!

    Sixty Acres and a Bride By Regina Jennings

    Like several other readers, when I read the last page of this book, I was wishing it was longer, I was wanting more of this wonderful story. Regina Jennings’ debut novel, “Sixty Acres and a Bride” is a book well worth your time and money.

    Does this story sound a little familiar? Is this modern day Ruth, Naomi and Boaz or what? Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law Louise have recently lost their husbands in a Mexican earthquake and Rosa agrees to go back to her hometown in Texas. Immediately hard time hit these two ladies and they both strike out to save Louise’s ranch. Rosa was content in helping her mother-in-law, and after a no love marriage, the last thing she thought about was another man. But that was before she met her husband’s cousin, Weston Garner. Weston has his own past issues that he didn’t like to think about. Could these two overcome the hurts and difficulties of their past and make a life with each other?

    Rita Jennings creates a cast of characters that will take hold of your heart and keep it until well after you finish the book. Rosa was a special, humble young lady that I loved from the beginning. And I really was routing for she and Weston. I was so intrigued with this story that I couldn’t put it down. And I can’t wait for more books from Regina Jennings. She is now a new favorite author for me!

    A copy of this book was provided by Bethany House for me to review. I was responsible for giving my honest opinion, which I have here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Good clean read

    Sad and tormented souls struggle to find happiness even when it's right there in front of their faces. Clean Christian read. 276 pages

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Anon

    In general the story is ok. However, if the auther is going to write about another culture, she should investigate it a bit more. "I think I'll whip up some mole for dinner tonight" said no Mexican woman ever, and especially in an era without electric blenders. Mole is an exotic blend of so many different chiles and spices, all ground by hand in a "molcajete". It takes hours to make. "La Santa Muerte" is not a stand alone religion, so this woman would probably identified herself as "(ex) Catholic". And how in the world did a simple village girl learn such good English? Just some of the inconsistencies I found.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    Rosa and Weston are a lively match in this lovely debut novel by

    Rosa and Weston are a lively match in this lovely debut novel by Regina Jennings.  I love that we have a Hispanic heroine, Rosa. The reviewers on my blog raved over this story and once I read it I could see why. Once I read this book I went on and bought and read the rest of Regina's stories that were available! Highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Good Read

    Well written; loved the charachters, I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I feel like this was not well written.  The story line was good,

    I feel like this was not well written.  The story line was good, just choppy writing at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    Great read!

    Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Good story

    Clean read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Beginning is so confusing

    The beginning is confusing. It is hard to keep track of the characters and who's who.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings

    Good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    Sixty Acres and a Bride is a wonderful read! It is set in post-C

    Sixty Acres and a Bride is a wonderful read! It is set in post-Civil War Texas in 1878. It is a retelling of the story of Ruth, which happens to be one of my favorite Bible stories. So, this book was very hard for me to set down. I read it quickly and loved it from the very beginning.

    Rosa is a young Mexican widow who has traveled to Texas with her widowed mother-in-law, Louise. Rosa and Louise have a hard road ahead of them as they try to save the family farm, which has back taxes due. Rosa carries many burdens and much guilt. It is through her in-laws that she came to know Jesus. She feels so very indebted to Louise. Rosa was a sweet character that I was occasionally frustrated with, but it was only because she made things harder on herself than they had to be due to fears she carried around.

    Weston Garner makes a great “Boaz”. He has a good heart and always tries to be there for his extended family, helping them as they need it. When Weston helps Rosa in order to try to save both her reputation and the family farm, it brings a whole new set of complications for these two people who are so perfect for each other, but so weighed down with baggage from their first marriages!

    This book is full of interesting characters and is such a good story. I highly recommend this fun, yet heartfelt book.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Fun Read

    I love reading stories about life and love in the 1800's. This one was very good in my opinion and worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Sixty Acres

    A good read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I always love a good Ruth & Boaz story, and this book puts a

    I always love a good Ruth & Boaz story, and this book puts a unique spin on it with a Mexican heroine in 1870s Texas. A compelling heroine, a wounded hero, and great chemistry between them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    To softpaw

    U hear beautiful music and run into a forest where u meet a beautiful pure white shecat with purple eyes

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    *****

    Great story!!! Loved the whole book. The ending left me wanting more......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    wonderful

    Loved it

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

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    Wonderful!

    Rosa comes to Texas with her mother-in-law Louise. Her husband is dead and her family will have nothing to do with her because she chose to follow Jesus. She plans to do whatever is needed to help Louise as they settle into their homestead. Once they arrive Louise finds out that the former renters of her homestead had up and left and not paid taxes and a very big sum is due in three months time. The ladies hope to raise the money but as times passes Rosa starts to worry they will not make the payment and lose their homestead.

    Weston is a cousin of Louisa and the family guardian as he feels he needs to help and protect those he loves as he was not able to save his late wife from herself. Weston is intrigued with Rosa from the moment he meets her but keeps her at bay due to his late wife and not wanting to fall in love again. But soon he finds God forcing his hand when Rosa comes to him in the middle of the night asking for help so they can keep the homestead. Will Rosa find a redeemer and love?

    I was not sure what to expect when I first read some of the reviews of this book. I knew it was a telling of the bible story of Ruth and Boaz but other then that I was not sure what to expect. What I found was a wonderful romance with a spiritual story that will touch your heart.

    What I liked: I liked all the characters. The author did a great job of developing the story line and making her characters real. I loved Rosa and at some points in the story could relate with her. Even though Weston is the hero in the story he is still a man who is hurting and dealing with things in his life that can make a person relate. The support characters where equally as likeable and make it an all around good book.

    What I did not like: There really was not much to dislike in this book.

    The thing that stood out for me in this book was the other story this book tells. The biblical story of Ruth and Boaz also tell the story of Christ and the Church and what he did for us so that we could receive the free gift of Heaven. Regina did an amazing job of telling that story as well. Rosa kept trying to earn her keep with Weston even after she was his wife but nothing she could do would help she just had to receive his love that he offered her but she like us had trouble doing that. Weston like Christ let Rosa try even though he loved her he let her be his servant even though she had a place at his table he allowed her to serve him even though he hated it. Just like how Jesus is always there for us even when we fail we just have to except his love. The ending of the book made me close my eyes and thank Jesus for his love and his sacrifice. I don’t want to give the last few pages away but the way this book ended also showed Jesus’s love for us and his protective love for his bride and how we have to want to receive his love and protection.

    The talent of the author is amazing and this is her first book! Not everyone will see the other story in this book and I don’t know for sure if the author planned it to parallel like the bible but it was a great read and I highly recommend it! I am very much looking forward to her next book due out next year which will have a look at two of the supporting characters in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Great book

    Enjoyable characters and a very good depiction of Ruth & Boaz. This was a fun story. I enjoyed it and would read something else from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Good read

    Emotional .... great read cant wait till the next

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