Title: Sixty Acres and a Bride
Author: Regina Jennings
Publisher: Bethany House
Released: February 1, 2012
Young widow, Rosa Garner, and her mother-in-law move to the families ranch in Texas. Upon their arrival, they realize that they have three months to come up with the back taxes, totaling a hundred and sixty-six dollars. Facing eviction, Rosa tries everything possible to keep her husband’s family in this ranch. She soon starts falling in love with the countryside and the huge extended family she inherited from her husband.
Weston Garner feels it’s his duty to protect those around him, including the new addition, Rosa. Still grieving from the loss of his wife, he feels it’s the least he can do for his family. But Rosa stirs things in him that he thought long buried, things he wanted to keep buried. Unfortunately, the only thing Rosa seems to do is get into trouble, which puts them together alone. Which doesn’t help his heart.
As they traverse the growing feelings between them, the taxes loom over Rosa. She doesn’t want to lose the ranch, this land, and the man she could love and have love her. Weston, however, just feels more and more confused and scared at the relationship between him and Rosa and he doesn’t know how to to traverse this attraction without losing his heart in the process.
To what lengths will Rosa go to secure her future? Will Westin be able to put his past behind him and love again? Will Rosa be able to love and be loved back? Will her future be altered because of taxes or something else?
What Regina Jennings gave me with this book wasn’t what I expected. I was expecting a lackluster romance with a bare minimum emotional connection between the characters. What I got was completely different. I got a romance that was wonderfully unique and memorable along with an amazing emotional connection that was stunning. The author was amazing at blending the romance into the storyline and pulling the reader into the story. Making this book a pleasant surprise.
Though the romance isn’t a very passionate one, it’s one that stands out just the same. It touches your heart and you get to see a western version of the story of Ruth and Boaz, which is something that I always enjoy. One part of the romance that enjoyed, is the healing it brought to the main characters. Also, the reluctance they both show at falling in love again was something not all together unusual, but something that this author did well.
The detail that this author put into the characters and the Mexican culture was amazing. The details on the landscape were lacking, but not missed because of everything else going on in the story. I loved the dip into Rosa’s history and culture. It was nice to see what Mexico was like in the 19th century and what would happen if that culture meshed with ours.
This book wasn’t one of the best I’ve ever read, but for a debut novel, this was incredible. This author has a talent that needed to be shown. My question is, Why hasn’t she been published before now? My opinion about this book is high, others might not have the same high opinion. But my recommendation for this book is read it and find out for yourself.
This author totally dragged me into this story and amazed me with this story. I’m looking forward to reading any of her new books because this debut novel was fantastic. I can’t wait to see what she does next with her incredible talent and what new ideas she can come up with. This author needs to keep it up because she has a new fan.
Overall, a wonderful from a debut author. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a historical romance. I give this book a four out of five.
*I received this complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*