Sixty Acres and a Bride, Ladies of Caldwell County Series #1 -eBook
I Really Enjoyed This Historical Romance
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 Ã¢ÂÂBoazÃ¢ÂÂ. 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.
March 19, 2014
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.
January 8, 2014
Beautiful story, with laughter and tears
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.
July 16, 2013
Honor and Redemption
When I realized this story was a retelling of the biblical book of Ruth, I assumed I knew the story. I still wanted to read it for its cultural take--that of a young Mexican woman returning to Texas with her widowed mother-in-law in the 1870s. Certainly the main points of Ruth and Boaz's story were present in Sixty Acres and a Bride, but it was so much more.
Rosa Garner accompanied her late husband's mother to Texas because becoming a Christian had cost her everything. Her Mexican family no longer wanted her. She had no reason to stay south of the border when she could help her beloved mentor work the family homestead. The two women may have had sixty acres upon arrival, but the taxes had been mounting and now the women only have a few months to save up enough cash to pay up, or lose the farm.
Widowed Weston Garner is the man of the clan. A cowboy and successful overseer of his extended family's lands, he takes care of his relatives but, in his long-held grief, he doesn't know everything that's going on. He's attracted to the spirited and charming foreigner but has no intention of ever remarrying.
Some of the local men think Rosa should be thankful for whatever attention they're willing to give her, even when it's less than honorable. And one neighbor, in particular, has a plan to grab the sixty acres--and more--when the women fail to pay their taxes. What will it take for Weston to act? The novel carries on with a few more twists that expand upon the biblical tale.
This is a beautiful story of honor and redemption, with many a moment of humor dropped in. Read and enjoy!
February 16, 2013