With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to their Texas family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have just 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. Read an excerpt: http://ow.ly/9sK2C.
My take: Debut author Regina Jennings has crafted a wonderful story inspired by Boaz and Ruth. Though I knew how it would turn out—it is a romance, after all, plus it's based on a true story—Jennings went places I didn't expect in the journey to Rosa & Weston's "happily ever after."
I especially appreciated the cultural differences Jennings highlighted. There's one scene where Weston reacts negatively to a traditional Mexican dance, and then Rosa explains that the "American" dances like the waltz and square dancing would be considered scandalous in her village. As someone who works with people from other cultures, I thought the misunderstandings and different perspectives seemed quite realistic...and provided moments of genuine humor!
A heartwarming, well-written, believable story, Sixty Acres and a Bride is well worth your time, and I highly recommend it! I give it 4-1/2 out of 5 stars, and I can't wait to read what Jennings comes up with next!
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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. Learn more about Regina by visiting her website, www.reginajennings.com.
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