Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings - Reviewed

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Sixty Acres and a Bride

Bethany House (February 1, 2012)


Regina Jennings


A Word from Regina:

See me laughing. That’s what I do when someone calls me an author. Yes, it’s always been my dream, but I still can’t keep from giggling over it.

Other things I am – a Christ-follower, a wife, a homeschooling mother of four, a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, and a voracious reader.

Getting reading time isn’t easy. Seems like my family does more than our share of traveling. My husband is an insurance adjuster (I know, save the hate mail) and travels with the catastrophe team often. That’s allowed us to see a lot of the United States. True many times it’s in the middle of a hurricane or blizzard, but after spending three weeks in a hotel room with six people, you’ll brave anything to get out and see the sights – no matter how damaged they might be.

We also serve on the Missions Team at an amazing church, so we break out the passports frequently. Highlights include singing at a leper colony in India, holding church inside a Mexican prison and showing the Jesus film to a tribe in Senegal who’d never heard the gospel.

But I don’t have to go far away for unusual. My family provides plenty of colorful material with their love for practical jokes, pithy observations and strong agricultural roots. Because of the family business, a significant chunk of my life has been spent at sale barns and auctions – often behind the scales where I weigh pigs. I like to think of myself as a “redneck bluestocking” but I brought an entire marketing team’s discussion to a screeching halt when I said those words, so you didn’t hear it from me.

When I have spare time I love to talk books and quirky characters (real and fictional).


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Sixty Acres and a Bride, go HERE.

My Thoughts:

At first, I thought this was sort of a fictional addaptation of Ruth and Boaz. I still sort of think the story has a flavor of this biblical story. However, at it's heart, there are a group of characters who are struggling just to survive the harshness of their society. Rosa follows her mother-in-law home to her ranch, and her lack of knowledge about socially acceptable behavior gets her in bunches of trouble. Her final battle against one of society's best kept secrets (an abuse of relational power between husband and wife), almosts costs her life, but it is in the heart of the conflict she discovers the truth about a man she has grown to love.

This is a good story, and one that readers looking for a multi-layered story set in late nineteenth century Texas will enjoy immensely!

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