Sixty Acres and a Bride

September 17, 2013

Title: Sixty Acres and a Bride
Author: Regina Jennings
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 366
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0990-1
Publication Date: February 1st, 2012

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 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 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.
Sixty Acres and a Bride was a good story. It was an interesting mash-up of a Biblical tale and western flare. The story follows Rosa Garner. A young widow who lost her husband and father-in-law in a mining accident in Mexico. Having turned from the traditions of her culture and refusing to partake in certain celebrations, believing they went against her new beliefs as a Christian, Rosa was shunned by her family. With no where else to go to, Rosa follows her mother-in-law, Louise, back to Caldwell County, Texas, to the family's old ranch.

Weston Garner has made it his responsibility to look after the members or his family, from his sister and brother-in-law, to his aunts, uncles, and nephews and nieces. So, when Rosa and Louise roll back into town, it isn't strange to anyone when Weston is there to offer help in anyway he can. However, Wes is still haunted by the death of his first wife and the circumstances that surround it. The simplicity and honesty of Rosa slowly get to Wes and things start to change, but he doesn't know what to make of it.

With the loss of the family ranch almost inevitable, Louise speaks to Rosa, and a plan is made of Biblical proportions. All Rosa knows from the story of Ruth and Naomi is that Boaz saves them in their biggest time of need. So, Rosa goes through the plan hatched, hoping to save the ranch.

I enjoyed reading about Rosa. She knows the customs of Mexico only, and upon arriving to Texas, she finds that the idea of being a lady is different. Rosa loves her clothes and the freedom they allow, she is determined to work the land and earn the money need to help the family. She isn't interested in playing the games that the people in town are interest in.

Weston is an honorable guy, he believes in propitiatory and treating a lady with respect and care.He is a true gentleman, even while dealing with his own past. He stands up for his family, even if they do not make the right decisions. He won't judge, but does his best to help.

There was one small part of the story that didn't allow me to give it one extra star. The confrontation near the end of the story. If it has been placed some where else, I think it would fit, but the ending seemed a little rushed with the resolution and wrap up.

All in all, it was an enjoyable story!

Too Read
4 out of 5

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