A Ruth and Boaz Story. Texas Style.
I just finished Sixty Acres and A Bride by Regina Jennings. My last thought as I closed the book is WOW, what a wonderfully satisfying story.
After the deaths of their husbands, Eli and Mack, Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law, Louise, decide to leave Mexico and move to Louise’s hometown of Prairie Lea, Texas. outside of Lockheart, Texas.
Lockheart isn’t ready for Rosa Garner. A petite young widow, who is not wearing the traditional black, but her native Mexican clothing. Also, she is a hard worker, which is evidenced in one of the opening scenes.
When Rosa, Louise, and Aunt Mary, who met them at the train station, are traveling to the courthouse to settle the taxes on Louise’s ranch, Sixty Acres, the axle on the wagon breaks, tipping the wagon. While Louise and Aunt Mary go to find help, Rosa, accesses the situation then adjusts the wagon load to even out the weight, righting the wagon.
When they get to the courthouse they find out that their tax bill is $160.00, a lot for 1878. This is seemingly impossible for two widows. They have three months to raise the money and redeem the farm before the county forecloses on the property.
Weston Garner, a widower, as well as, Louise’s nephew, is a neighbor and someone who possibly can help Rosa and Louise, but he has already helped Aunt Mary and her husband George financially. Would he help? Louise and Rosa aren’t sure they should ask outright, so they ask him how they could raise the money. He offers to give them sheep to care for and then sell at the livestock auction. They raise produce to sell. And Rosa is commissioned to embroider linens, tablecloths and napkins to sell to a local shop owner, Mr. Bradford.
At the end of three months they find themselves woefully short of funds. while they contemplate what to do Louise tells Rosa the story of Ruth and Boaz, but only part of it. Rosa decides to go to Weston, as Ruth had gone to Boaz.
I enjoyed the story. I found the characters to be so very real. There were times I cried and laughed, and times I scolded. As well as, times where my heart was beating wildly, wondering how things would turn out.
Sixty Acres and a Bride is Regina Jennings’ first novel, but I don’t expect is to be her last, and I for one will be waiting for her next novel to appear on my local Christian bookstore shelf.
I give Sixty Acres and a Bride 5 out of 5 stars.
**Sixty Acres and A Bride by Regina Jennings was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
About the book:
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 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.
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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. Meet Regina here.
Learn more about Regina by visiting her website.
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