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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 four 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?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781441269973
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Publisher's Description

Sensational debut Historical Romance Finds Love on the Texas Range

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?

Author Bio

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.

Publisher's 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.)Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    o:**:. HEART STOPPING.:**: o
    October 6, 2014
    Blue Jeans & Teacups
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sixty Acres and a Bride.
    Sixty Acres and a Bride (Ladies of Caldwell County Book #1)

    This is Regina Jennings debut book from 2012 that was a free download! The emotions of this book ran so deep at times. I dont think I have read a story with a Mexican heroine before. That was nice for me because my kids are half Mexican. As I began this story, I immediately felt the Ruth/Naomi biblical story resembled this one. Later on, my hunch was loosely proven correct.

    When Ruth and her mother-in-law, Louise, travel to 1878 Texas to start their lives over after tragedy has taken their men, they have so many trials to deal with; being accepted into a small town especially Ruth who is an outsider and different race, cleaning up Louises old home, getting a farm going, learning about farm animals, trying to pay 4 years of back taxes, and avoiding a sleazy neighbor.

    Tall, dark and handsome Weston Garner has become a loaner after the death of his wife, but holds honor and his large family of aunts, uncles, cousins and a sister very dear to him. When he accidentally stumbles upon Ruth wrangling a sheep, he is intrigued, and eventually begins to help her and his Aunt Louise establish themselves, while trying to keep a safe distance so his emotions do not get involved.

    God is nicely woven throughout the story, along with various characters personal view on Him. Some busybody women in the church (humph!) choose to look down their nose at Ruth and judge everything she does with close critical eyes. Others, like Aunt Louise seem to rely on God more like a genie, who will bail her out without her seeing the reality of a situation. Weston has kept God at arms length, but is coming around. Ruth is a newer Christian who constantly converses with the almighty, and genuinely seems to love Him.

    As Ruth and Weston grow closer together, there is so MUCH misunderstanding, largely due to her difference in language and culture, but also due to his emotional state. I cried several times as they went through it, until the light finally dawned.

    I also like how the chapters and beginning of each are noted in greensmall detail, but appreciated for a download.

    One thing I would ask of the editors, is to give us the ability to magnify the items AFTER the story. Other Stories You Might Enjoy were so small on my Kindle app, and I could not enlarge them. Dont know if they communicate with Kindle or not, but would be nice.

    I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to others.

    Included at the end of the book: n/a

    Other books in the series: Love in the Balance Book #2, 2013

    Caught in the Middle Book #3, 2014 (which, I also read and reviewed)

    This copy was downloaded for free and I am offering my honest opinions for no compensation.

    2012 Bethany House Publishing

    371 Pages

    Read 10/4-10/5/2014

    Reviewed 10/6/2014
  2. Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ruth and Boaz Tale
    May 12, 2014
    Carrie
    Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sixty Acres and a Bride.
    Rosa and Weston are a lively match in this lovely debut novel by Regina Jennings. I love that we have a Hispanic heroine, Rosa. The reviewers on my blog raved over this story and once I read it I could see why. Once I read this book I went on and bought and read the rest of Regina's stories that were available! Highly recommend!
  3. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I Really Enjoyed This Historical Romance
    March 19, 2014
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sixty Acres and a Bride.
    Sixty Acres and a Bride is a wonderful read! It is set in post-Civil War Texas in 1878. It is a retelling of the story of Ruth, which happens to be one of my favorite Bible stories. So, this book was very hard for me to set down. I read it quickly and loved it from the very beginning.

    Rosa is a young Mexican widow who has traveled to Texas with her widowed mother-in-law, Louise. Rosa and Louise have a hard road ahead of them as they try to save the family farm, which has back taxes due. Rosa carries many burdens and much guilt. It is through her in-laws that she came to know Jesus. She feels so very indebted to Louise. Rosa was a sweet character that I was occasionally frustrated with, but it was only because she made things harder on herself than they had to be due to fears she carried around.

    Weston Garner makes a great "Boaz". He has a good heart and always tries to be there for his extended family, helping them as they need it. When Weston helps Rosa in order to try to save both her reputation and the family farm, it brings a whole new set of complications for these two people who are so perfect for each other, but so weighed down with baggage from their first marriages!

    This book is full of interesting characters and is such a good story. I highly recommend this fun, yet heartfelt book.
  4. The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good story
    January 8, 2014
    CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I enjoyed this book though I couldn't quite make the full connection with it being based on the story of Ruth. I didn't like the on again, off again relationship being repeated over and over but on the whole this was an interesting story.
  5. Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful story, with laughter and tears
    July 16, 2013
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sixty Acres and a Bride.
    Regina Jennings' novel Sixty Acres and a Bride looks deeper into the story of Ruth, exploring the relationships, emotions, and prejudices that might have similarly affected Ruth and Boaz themselves. Placing it in 1878 Texas, with Rosa, the Ruth equivalent, a native Mexican who accompanies her American mother-in-law back to Texas, Jennings dives right into the prejudice toward and the fascination of a foreigner who tries to join the rest of society rather than existing on its fringes. Since she is now the daughter-in-law of one of their own, the locals cannot ignore Rosa and must try to accept her in spite of her improper ways. As a foreign woman, she is colorful and different, attracting the eyes of the male population while inspiring jealousy and horror among the women. Modest attire in the Sierra Madres turns out to be scandalous in Texas; a dance that embodies propriety in Mexico becomes a seductive act suggesting wanton behavior among the Americans. Rosa stumbles repeatedly in American culture, just as Ruth no doubt experienced the shock of Israelite culture. In addition to cultural mistakes Rosa makes, she also faces the prejudice of a Mexican among Americans.

    Jennings also depicts the horror and embarrassment of the girl as she humbles herself to a reputation-shattering position as she begs financial rescue for herself and her mother-in-law. In Sixty Acres and a Bride, Rosa pleads with the kinsman redeemer for money rather than marriage, but the end result is the same - he saves them financially and chooses to marry her (though as much to salvage her reputation as out of attraction). So Rosa finds herself saddled to a man who married her through obligation, and her husband knows that she, too, married him under duress; they must learn together how to love and respect each other as spouses and overcome the fear of potentially being unloved in return.

    Overall, Sixty Acres and a Bride is a beautiful story - detailed, exciting, sprinkled with moments of humor, sporting a villain one loves to hate, filled with tenderness, and ripe with hope. Not many novels inspire me to tears, but as a bride, I find that this one really speaks to the hopes and fears of a young marriage. No matter how in love and prepared one feels prior to the wedding ceremony (and Rosa and Weston scarcely felt ready at all), learning to put aside one's individual self in order to live as one with one's spouse is a bumpy road, and small misunderstandings between a husband and wife can lead to great hurt without immediate reconciliation. Thankfully, God's grace sufficiently covers us in our foolishness, and Jesus came to heal our bodies and hearts (and, of course, to save), and so we can truly love our spouses with God's perfect help. "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear," I John 4:18a.
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