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Sixty Acres and a Bride
     

Sixty Acres and a Bride

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by Regina Jennings
 

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She's Finally Found a Place to Call Home . . . How Far Will She Go to Save It?

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

Though facing eviction, Rosa falls in love with the countryside and the

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She's Finally Found a Place to Call Home . . . How Far Will She Go to Save It?

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

Though facing eviction, Rosa falls in love with the countryside and the wonderful extended family who want only her best. They welcome her vivacious spirit and try to help her navigate puzzling American customs. She can't help but stand out, though, and her beauty captures attention. 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, Rosa must decide to what lengths she will go to save her future.

"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... a lovely picture of God's provision, forgiveness, and love." --Publishers Weekly

"Unconventional heroine; engaging secondary characters...brings something new to the genre."--Christian Manifesto

"The twists and turns in this book keep your attention to the very end." --Libraries Alive

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.

Product Details

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:
417,605
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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.

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Sixty Acres and a Bride 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 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.
Anonymous 28 days ago
This was a great read!
Anonymous 4 months 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 6 months 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 10 months 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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An interesting version of the book of Ruth. The setting: 1800s Texas. The foreign daughter-in-law, Rosa, is Mexican. Her husband's family had moved to Mexico after the Civil War. She wss kinda pushed into marriage. Her husband never loved her, though she loved him. The Garners, the parents, were responsible for helping her become a Christian-- a decision that her parents didn't approve of, so they disowned her. After her husband and her father-in-law died, Rosa journeys with her mother-in-law Louisa, to Texas, where the family owned some land. They get there only to find that the property is behind in back taxes. They only have 3 months to earn enough to keep their new home. But the cost is staggering and the people treat her badly because she's Mexican. The only work she can get is by working for Weston Garner, her dead husband's cousin.... I don't want to spoil the story, but is really good. I really liked Rosa, with her strength, she's had a hard life-- she feels unloveable and people are always manipulating her for their own gain. She only wants to have someone love her for herself. But can she learn to trust?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story line - How we can misinterpret others customs and its effects on our lives
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. I loved this book.