|Sixty Acres and a Bride|
Sixty Acres and a Bride
by Regina Jennings
(Bethany House Publishers, 2012)
Tremendous Debut Novel!
Reviewed by Diana L. Flowers
In Sixty Acres and a Bride, Regina Jennings takes us on a epic journey to Texas in 1864; a beautiful land of vast prairies, verdant hills, giant cacti, and diverse ranches, but it is also a place of great dangers, fraught with prairie storms, prejudice, and manipulative, vile men.
The vivacious, dark haired Mexican beauty, Rosa Garner and her
mother-in-law, Louise, return to Texas from Mexico, where a mine cave in has left them both widows. Moving to Louise's Texas ranch seems the logical thing to do, until they discover the previous tenants left owing back taxes, and the widows have but three months in which to pay them. Rosa does what she can to help her mother-in-law earn the money, but she is not use to the customs of this strange land, and falls prey to prejudiced townsfolk, gossip mongers, and a deceitful man who is determined to use her naivete to have her.
On the neighboring ranch, lives Rosa's late husband's cousin, Weston Garner, a man torn by guilt from his wife's death years earlier, and determined never to marry again. But, why does this lovely widow get under his skin so?...and when Rosa dances The Mariposa, an alluring native dance at a ranch BBQ, what causes Weston to pull her away from the other dancers, much to Rosa's embarrassment? And what daring plan does Rosa come up with to help pay the taxes on Louise's ranch, and can she live with the consequences?
I am amazed that this is Regina Jennings' debut novel! Her characters were realistically flawed, and I fell in love with every one of them (almost!), especially the fiery and devoted Rosa. The plot was exciting, and I loved the correlation between Rosa and Louise's relationship to Naomi and Ruth in the Bible. With a climactic, satisfying conclusion, this is a must read for all historical fiction lovers. I simply cannot wait to see what this author has in store for us in the future!
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