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Monday, February 13, 2012

Sixty Acres and A Bride

Prejudice is still the order of the day in the small town of Lockhart, Texas in 1878, especially when you're a Mexican woman. It doesn't even matter if you married into a prominent family because the women and men already have formed their own personal opinion of you. Not only that, women for the most part are still considered second class citizens by some men of the town, but gentlemen however still exist.

When Rosa Garner returns with her mother-in-law Louise back to their ranch that they left more than five years ago and now learn that the previous renters never paid the taxes or rent on the land. Checking with the courts, they learn they have three months to come up with $166.00 or the land will be sold at auction. Three months hardly seems like enough time, but Louise believes God will provide for the widows just like He has in the past.

When Weston Garner returns to his land, he is trying to find a way to resolve the guilt he's been carrying around since his wife, Cora died unexpectedly and he feels responsible. Not knowing what awaits him back at his ranch, he believes that God will provide Him a second chance at a new life and that he can find a way to let go of the past. What he doesn't expect is to fall in love again, this time with the new help at Louise's farm.

I received Sixty Acres and A Bride by Regina Jennings compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. This is a debut novel for Regina and I think she did a fantastic job! This book teaches the reader through the story of Weston and Regina how God can repair anything in someone's life and ultimately provide a new chance at life, if they are willing to be open to let go of guilt that isn't theirs to carry and are willing to forgive. This also teaches the dangers of letting pride get in the way. For fans of western romances, this will hit home for you! I personally rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Sixty Acres and a Bride
Bethany House (February 1, 2012)
Regina Jennings


A Word from Regina:

See me laughing. That’s what I do when someone calls me an author. Yes, it’s always been my dream, but I still can’t keep from giggling over it.

Other things I am – a Christ-follower, a wife, a homeschooling mother of four, a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, and a voracious reader.

Getting reading time isn’t easy. Seems like my family does more than our share of traveling. My husband is an insurance adjuster (I know, save the hate mail) and travels with the catastrophe team often. That’s allowed us to see a lot of the United States. True many times it’s in the middle of a hurricane or blizzard, but after spending three weeks in a hotel room with six people, you’ll brave anything to get out and see the sights – no matter how damaged they might be.

We also serve on the Missions Team at an amazing church, so we break out the passports frequently. Highlights include singing at a leper colony in India, holding church inside a Mexican prison and showing the Jesus film to a tribe in Senegal who’d never heard the gospel.

But I don’t have to go far away for unusual. My family provides plenty of colorful material with their love for practical jokes, pithy observations and strong agricultural roots. Because of the family business, a significant chunk of my life has been spent at sale barns and auctions – often behind the scales where I weigh pigs. I like to think of myself as a “redneck bluestocking” but I brought an entire marketing team’s discussion to a screeching halt when I said those words, so you didn’t hear it from me.

When I have spare time I love to talk books and quirky characters (real and fictional).


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Sixty Acres and a Bride, go HERE.

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