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Posted May 24, 2012
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.
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Posted February 11, 2014
Sad and tormented souls struggle to find happiness even when it's right there in front of their faces. Clean Christian read. 276 pages
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Posted March 19, 2014
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 December 29, 2012
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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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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Posted June 25, 2012
I loved this book, a must read!
Rosa and Louise Garner returned to Louise's home in Priarie Lea, Texas. Louise, her husband Eli and son Mack rented their property in Texas and had moved to Ciauhtlaz, Mexico. Rosa's mother encouraged her to help the Americanos and as she grew to know them, so did her interest in their religion and her parents' disapproval. Eli didn't like the way the pagan girl, Netnetl and Mack got along so he suggested Rosa marry Mack. Being without her own family, due to her no longer worshiping Santa Muerte, Saint Death, she accepted the offer to marry Mack, even though she knew that he loved Netnetl. She believed that Mack would learn to love her, but he never did. Eli and Mack worked in the mines and when there was an explosion Mack made it out alive and went straight to Netnetl, not Rosa, then he went back in looking for his father and neither one came back out. She then felt she'd stolen the love that belonged to someone else and this was her punishment, married less than a month and her husband is now dead.
Rosa loved the Garner family and would do anything for her widowed mother-in-law and returned to Prairie Lea with her to try and save the family property. When they arrived in town they went to the courthouse and found out that the tenants hadn't paid the taxes for the four years they lived there and Rosa and Louise would have to come up with $160.00 in three months, by August 15th. Rosa worked day and night trying to earn the money.
Weston Garner, Mack's cousin, lived nearby but was rarely around and quite the loner since his wife had died, he felt like he was to blame for her death. He helped his family as much as he could in any way possible. From the time he and Rosa met they kept their distance. Rosa felt guilt and she didn't deserve any happiness so she was satisfied living with Louise on Garner land. Weston felt the same about himself because he married Cora, a city girl, and brought her to this country and she ended up dying in his care. The problem is they could each feel an attraction for the other but kept pushing it away.
It's August 14th and they don't have enough money, even with selling the chickens Rosa brought with her, so Louise tells Rosa part of the story of Naomi and Ruth and how Ruth went to Boaz. Rosa didn't want to do this but there was no other way, she didn't know the whole story but went to the barn where Weston slept anyway. She slept in the hay but he didn't stay there with her. When she was returning home in the morning filthy Jay Tillerton, a brute that abused his wife, had tried to rape Rosa and threatened her more than once, caught her on the trail. Luckily one of Weston's men was close enough to see Tillerton confront Rosa and sent him packing, but since she was seen leaving Weston's barn, Rosa's protector that day told Weston. Now all he could do was to marry her to save her reputation, even though nothing happened between them, and pay the property off so Tillerton couldn't get his hands on Garner property.
Rosa feeling guilty about what she did very reluctantly married Weston but was determined to pay him back the money he paid in back taxes and then they could divorce. Molly, who thought she was going to get Weston to marry her tried to talk Rosa into filing for an annulment. After thinking about it Rosa thought that would be the best for both parties.
There is so much to this story, I haven't even touched it in this review. So much happens up to this point that I want you to read for yourself, and even a lot more after. I loved this book. It shows how you can be so wrong if you don't let your thoughts be known and what you may lose, your heart and a happy future. Don't be afraid to trust God and listen to what your heart is telling you. Great job Maggie!
Posted June 19, 2012
Let me begin by saying that I considered giving this a 5-star rating, but I determined that 4 stars was best. Not because it is bad but because of some minor issues I will discuss later on.
I absolutely adored the allusions to the story of Ruth and Boaz in the Bible! Since I am named after Ruth of the Bible, I always perk up when there are any allusions to her. And I recognized it from the beginning. I also liked the fact that there were enough differences that the story was not completely predictable.
I also adored Rosa. It was nice to see a heroine that was not blonde, white, and meek. I loved the fact that she was a Mexican who had converted to Christianity. She and Weston made the romance in the story quite interesting, and the suspense almost took you to the last page!
My only criticisms concern the fact that I was not always certain about the backgrounds of the characters. I think the author told their stories in an original way, but sometimes I didn't "get" it. Thankfully the Christian message was fairly strong, but there were times I would have preferred it just a little bit stronger. But that is just my opinion.
If you are a fan of historical Christian fiction with a sweet love story, this book is for you. I would actually give this a 4.5 rating if I could. It is a nice, light read, and I think there is something for everyone.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Posted April 22, 2012
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Sixty Acres and A Bride is not a book, I would normally read. However, the title was enticing and curiosity got the best of me and remained until I finished the book. As the events begin to unfold, my level of excitement increased. Unexpected twist and turns kept the story interesting. Rosa was a character to be admired. A woman from a different culture and not intimidated by hard work. Willing to do what it takes to help her family during difficult times. A different culture did, however, require some adjusting. What she was accustomed to doing in her country was not appropriate behavior for women in Texas. Her behavior was a source of entertainment for the men and gossip for the women. Rosa is definitely a “Ruth.” Her commitment and loyalty is to be commended. The bond between Rosa and Louise is sincere mother-daughter love, even though they are in-laws and not related by blood. She trusted the decisions of her mother-in-law and heeded her advice. This in turn created a better life for them both. Wes was a gentleman who displayed a great deal of respect and concern for women, even when placed in awkward positions. Although one of the decisions he was forced to make was a bit disheartening. It did, however, allow him to work through some issues that he was dealing with. The events that transpired at the wedding had me on edge and kept me turning pages. Mr. Tillerton, what a monster. He was always on the prowl and imposing misery on others. What he encountered was not unusual, but not what I anticipated. This story reminds me of the fact that God sometimes places people of wisdom in our lives who can offer insight which results in improving our lives and the lives of others. The author did a fantastic job in writing this book. God was definitely working things out. Thanks Regina for writing an awesome novel and thanks Bethany House Publishing for the opportunity to read her work.
Posted April 22, 2012
This novel is wonderful story about a modern day Ruth. From the beginning you experience the devotion of Rosa to her mother-in-law Louise. After the deaths of their husbands in Mexico, Louise and her daughter-in-law move back to the States and the family land. It is hard to imagine the love and commitment it takes to follow someone to a new country. Rosa enters a new culture only to find that the family property is at risk because of back taxes. She might find herself homeless once again. Rosa works as hard as she can to make the money that is owed. From sewing to working on the family’s sheep farm she will do anything to provide for her mother-in-law. When it comes time for the taxes to be paid the are still short the money. She will have to ask someone to save her, and that someone is Weston. As the head of the family she married into, he is the only one with the finances to save the two widows.
The parallels to Ruth and Naomi are obvious but this fictional account embellishes and adds to the story. This was a great read and I am very thankful to Bethany House for my free copy.
Posted April 12, 2012
Posted April 10, 2012
To me, there is just always something fun, intriguing and downright captivating about a good “fish out of water story.” You know those stories I mean, where the main character is taken completely out of their element, where they really don’t know which end is up and so inevitably they do things that are wrong and often times embarrassing. And they usually do them, never in a small way, but with pure unadulterated gusto bringing the audience/reader to that place where you laugh out loud at the character’s mistakes as you can relate because you have been there yourself. Spunky Rosa, the main character in Sixty Acres and a Bride, by Regina Jennings delivers these moments in spades.
It was with a little bit of trepidation I must admit that I began this novel as I thought- here we go – an updated Ruth/Naomi story set in Texas in 1878, I wonder how this will fly? But trust me, this first offering by Regina Jennings does fly, in fact I might say it soars. I really, really, enjoyed the character of Rosa, a beautiful Mexican widow returning to Texas with her mother- in- law Louise Garner to save the family farm so to speak. Of course, this is Rosa’s first time in Texas and so poor Rosa doesn’t know how to dress, how and when to speak, or how to impress this small town’s people as she is the object of much gossip and naysayers because of her outsider’s ways. But she is smart, beautiful and a very hard worker and thus captures the essence of “Ruth” perfectly, but in a fun and new way. Then there’s Weston Garner, her now dead husband’s cousin, who is attractive, well off, and a widower himself with a story to tell. He is of course cast as the Boaz character to the story, the kinsman redeemer. But it seems to me as the story progresses that they seem to rescue each other. I felt that both character’s were written well as their attraction built, but both coming to the table with a little bit of relationship baggage that needed to be dealt with before the relationship could fully develop. The story is rounded out with a really good villain in a neighbor named Mr. Tillerton who is easy to despise. He brings that sense of tension and suspense to the story as every good story needs a really good bad guy!
Through many dangers, toils and snares, goodness and love do finally prevail in this really fun story by Regina Jennings and for those that are fans of a good Christian historical fiction books, I think you will find this a delightful twist on the age old story of Ruth and Boaz. Regina Jennings gives us a heroine to cheer on, a hero with room to grow and grow he does, and a delightful ending where all is as it should be. Congrats to you Regina on a wonderful debut novel.
This novel was graciously provided for me to read for review by Bethany House publishers with the sole intent of soliciting an honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed are my own.