Sixty Acres and a Bride

Sixty Acres and a Bride

by Regina Jennings

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ISBN-13: 9780764209901
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Series: Ladies of Caldwell County Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 556,345
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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.

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Sixty Acres and a Bride 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 118 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad and tormented souls struggle to find happiness even when it's right there in front of their faces. Clean Christian read. 276 pages
ibjoy1953 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clean read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept reading because I am compulsive! I don't leave any book halfway. I can't imagine escaping a busy schedule to read this book.IT'S SIMPLY NOT THAT CAPTIVATING! All these five star reviews are suspect.
gincam on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Regina Jennings' debut historical romance work, "Sixty Acres and a Bride", is written with great heart, humor, and honesty. I enjoyed this book very, very much. I could feel the author's spirit in her words. She obviously treasured her characters and crafted her story line with care. While the hero, Weston Garner, is a very worthy fellow indeed, it is the heroine, Rosa, who will capture the reader's affections. Rosa is the widow of Weston's cousin, Mack Garner. Rosa's husband and father-in-law were both killed when an earthquake struck the area of the Sierra Madres in Mexico where the family hoped to find a fortune in the silver mines. Rosa and her mother-in-law, Louise return to the family home in Texas, only to find that they are about to lose the ranch due to back taxes. Weston Garner is a widower who carries great guilt over his wife's death, believing that he did not help her when she needed it most. For over five years, he has kept mostly to himself, refusing to believe that he deserves to find happiness. Rosa's unpretentious loveliness, honesty, gentle strength, and courage begin to thaw his frozen hopes. She finds him equally appealing, but her marriage to his cousin was one of hidden unhappiness, and she is afraid to trust her heart. Weston is drawn more and more into helping his extended family, much to the displeasure of those around him with their own hidden agendas. You will come to love Rosa. She is a heroine to appreciate and admire, one of the most refreshing and delightful female characters that I have read about in quite some time. She is so honest and real that her beauty shines from within, making her as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside. Her wise innocence is as much a healing balm for Weston's soul as is her lilting flute music soothing to his spirit. Recommended for romance lovers and readers in need of a lighter heart. Review Copy Gratis Bethany House Publishers
BrokenTeepee on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I have found myself enjoying tales of the American West lately. This one takes place in Texas after reconstruction when Rosa Garner, a Mexican native returns as a widow with her mother in law to her husband's ranch. There she meets the rest of the family and learns about what it means to be a lady in "society." It runs completely counter to her nature; Rosa is outgoing, honest and most of all, hardworking. The people of the town don't know what to make of her.Weston Garner lost his wife and blames himself for not being able to save her. He feels he could have acted to stop her death. He also feels the eyes of the town on him and knows they blame him as well. He accepts Rosa into the extended family - he cannot resist a damsel in distress and Rosa's challenges in dealing with a brand new culture certainly bring her distress.This is a very sweet tale of family bonds, cultural differences and loving people for themselves. Rosa tries so hard to fit in and become something she is not. Weston tries so hard to be something he is not. Obviously they are perfect for one another. The romance builds slowly, is thwarted (of course) and gets back on track. Winston is a Texas hero - full of love of his fellow man and trying to help anyone he can. He can't stand injustice and does what he can to right its wrongs. Rosa is not afraid of hard work and will do what she can to help the woman who saved her.This was an enjoyable book with great themes and wonderful characters.
tiinaj1 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I loved this book! Rosa is a young bride whose husband and father in law dies in a mining accident. Her husband's family introduced her to the Lord while they were still in Mexico and helped her grow in her faith. After her family threw her out of the house because she chooses to become a Christian and not follow the family religion they take her in as a daughter and she ends up marrying their son not for love but because he had taken her in and was protecting her.Rosa and her Mother in Law return to Texas to the family farm and find out that the taxes have not been paid for several years and they are in danger of losing their home if $160 is not paid within 3 months (can you imagine?). Between planting a garden, sewing/embroidery, raising chickens and keeping sheep that a family member has given them they hope they will have the money and be able to stay. Of course, men from town have noticed Rosa who is beautiful and single, a nasty neighbor starts stalking her and Rosa turns to Weston (her deceased husband's cousin) for help with protection and the farm.The story takes place in the 1800's and you see some discrimination against Rosa who is Hispanic & a Mexican Indian. You also see her struggle as she learns American customs and the language (although her English is impeccable), her fear of the neighbor and her struggle with another loveless marriage and her pride in paying her debt and not relying on Weston beyond what he has done for her family. The author does a wonderful job showing the difference in the Mexican and Texan customs and the story is very well told. The situation with the neighbor is tastefully done and while there is a section at the end of the book that's a bit scary there are no graphic scenes. It will be a good opportunity for you moms to discuss safety and trusting their feelings about others with your daughters. I look forward to reading more of Regina Jennings books!
ReviewsFromTheHeart on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Prejudice is still the order of the day in the small town of Lockhart, Texas in 1878, especially when you're a Mexican woman. It doesn't even matter if you married into a prominent family because the women and men already have formed their own personal opinion of you. Not only that, women for the most part are still considered second class citizens by some men of the town, but gentlemen however still exist.When Rosa Garner returns with her mother-in-law Louise back to their ranch that they left more than five years ago and now learn that the previous renters never paid the taxes or rent on the land. Checking with the courts, they learn they have three months to come up with $166.00 or the land will be sold at auction. Three months hardly seems like enough time, but Louise believes God will provide for the widows just like He has in the past.When Weston Garner returns to his land, he is trying to find a way to resolve the guilt he's been carrying around since his wife, Cora died unexpectedly and he feels responsible. Not knowing what awaits him back at his ranch, he believes that God will provide Him a second chance at a new life and that he can find a way to let go of the past. What he doesn't expect is to fall in love again, this time with the new help at Louise's farm.I received Sixty Acres and A Bride by Regina Jennings compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. This is a debut novel for Regina and I think she did a fantastic job! This book teaches the reader through the story of Weston and Regina how God can repair anything in someone's life and ultimately provide a new chance at life, if they are willing to be open to let go of guilt that isn't theirs to carry and are willing to forgive. This also teaches the dangers of letting pride get in the way. For fans of western romances, this will hit home for you! I personally rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Looking forward to the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters and plot. Couldn't put it down wanting to know how Rosa and Weston overcome the hurts from their pasts to make a future together. Loved the parallel to the story of Ruth from the OT and subtle faith-based theme.
momisreading More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting through this book, and I'm not really sure why. I really liked the characters, and they were well developed. And it was a good adaptation of the story of Ruth. Some parts I flew through, and others I had to push myself to keep going. I know this is the author's debut novel. Maybe I'll try one of her more recent books sometime.
LittleMissBookwormCH More than 1 year ago
Sixty Acres and a Bride is loosely based on the Biblical story of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz.  Rosa Garner travels from Mexico to Caldwell County, Texas with her mother-in-law Louise in 1878.  It is a classic “fish out of water” story as Rosa tries to establish a home in a community that is anything, but welcoming.  She suffered numerous losses in her life, but is a combination of grit and vulnerability.  Weston Garner is the epitome of the cowboy hero.  His willingness to help those in need, help to bolster his personality.  Both characters are scarred from prior marriages and are afraid to open their hearts to the possibility of finding love again. I wanted to like this book with an unconventional heroine, but there were some problems.  Despite a few humorous moments, I did not like how Rosa is ignorant of the way a proper lady should behave.  I also thought there would be a little more backstory to her life in Mexico.  While Rosa and Weston are interesting characters, I did not feel like the romance between them was developed enough.  On more than one occasion, I wanted to shake some sense into the two of them. Overcoming fears and embracing the future are two main themes in Sixty Acres and a Bride.  It is full of romance, drama, humor, and danger that keep a reader hooked until the end.  A solid start for Regina Jennings debut novel, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the “Ladies of Caldwell County” series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good historical romance with all the typical characters. Rosa adds a fresh touch to the story. The ending is pleasing, even if it is expected. You will love the nuances of each character. There is enough Christian base in the story to make it believable without being overbearing. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story. Can't wait to read more of your books Good clean reading and highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good you must check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed very much. Kept my attention. Didn't know until the very end how it would turn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should have and could have been so much more. Too much back and forth and the female character didn't submit until the end. I feel as if I wasted so much time. I wanted more. More healing, more resolution and more growth and more story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed totally. Jennings has a way with keeping your interest.
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Heartwarming read
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Awesome read
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