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Sixty Acres and a Bride (Ladies of Caldwell County, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Regina Jennings
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)

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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?

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    "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... a lovely picture of God's provision, forgiveness, and love." - Publishers Weekly


    "Jennings' characters are well defined and thoughtfully planned out. Her historical details are rich and hearty without being over the top." - 4 Stars, Romantic Times Book Reviews

    From the Back Cover

    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.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1543 KB
    • Print Length: 371 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00GPXBQY0
    • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (February 1, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006G2YPDO
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you are looking for in an historical romance January 25, 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    When I turned the last page of Regina Jennings debut novel, Sixty Acres and a Bride, I was reminded of a quote from one of my favorite authors, Jane Austen: "but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short."

    So true, Jane. The story of Rosa, Weston, and their close-knit families of post Civil War Texas was my favorite kind of read: great characters that felt like family, a vivid setting, and historical detail that fully immersed me in the story while discreetly avoiding the history lecture. The characters' deep faith--a faith that kept them both grounded and conflicted--was never preachy or contrived.

    Regina laid out the strands of her story--family obligations, cultural differences, an evil villain, and a heartfelt romance--then deftly wove them together in a way that kept me fearing and hoping for her hero and heroine until the last page was turned.

    Sixty Acres was a multi-layered read that will leave you satisfied on every level except one. It was too short. Luckily, I have it on good authority that Regina has two more historical romances on their way, and I daresay they will be equally well-written. Regina, Jane would be pleased.
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    36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A Western Retelling of the Book of Ruth July 19, 2012
    Format:Paperback
    While I love Christian fiction, I usually avoid books about bible stories turned into fiction: it is not because I disagree with the notion, but because I personally do not like mixing the two. But I was already far into the book when I realized that this was a western retelling of the Bible story of Ruth, and since this novel had close to 5 star ratings here, I decided to give it a try. At the end, while I would certainly not give it 5 stars, I was not totally disappointed either.

    This is one of those books that I liked "in parts". I thought the main characters, Rosa and Weston, were pleasant and interesting. Weston is a multifaceted individual, and his struggles felt real. Rosa is a Mexican young beauty who is a new Christian and is recently widowed. The mix worked, and I found it original. While the story and the romance moved along well for a while and the physical and emotional tension between the main characters was causing pages to easily turn, after about 200 pages, it started to fall flat. (SPOILER ALERT*) When Weston and Rosa find themselves trapped in a marriage of convenience, it seemed like the whole story, and the development accomplished until that point, had to reboot. And what followed, was not as interesting as the previous. In fact, I found it rather annoying. Rosa is constantly trying to put distance between her and her husband and to get away from the marriage, while Weston is gravely confused. While I understand the reasoning behind the uncertainties, after 150 pages of it, I just wanted it to end. And it did end well, but the good ending was way too short, and the redundancy, way too long.

    This is Regina Jennings's first novel, and for that alone, I was impressed by the writing, the plot, and the characters. The romance is sweet, and the Christian message clear. I would suggest your try this clean historical fiction by a new promising author.
    ***See all my reviews at Sensibleromance.wordpress.com
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    28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Delightful Fiction! February 5, 2012
    Format:Paperback
    "Sixty Acres and a Bride" is a stories I as a reader finds great pleasure is spending time with. And at the close of such a novel, I'm a bit sorry to see it come to an end.

    I adore Rosa. She is so earnest and tries so hard, but so often it backfires on her. It was comical and yet I had to feel a bit sad for her, trying to learn to live in a foreign culture from her native Mexico. She's a character one can't help but love, because her yearnings and love for life is so infectious. I wanted to join the pages of the novel and become her closest friend.

    Weston is the epitome of the cowboy hero and I loved his pure heart - though he wasn't without his faults! The depth of his backstory has wreaked havoc on his present and I wanted to see him free of those bonds. And ah the romance certainly helped with that!

    The story explores the beloved plot of Ruth and Boaz in my favorite era - western expansion on the Texas plains.

    It's written in such a way that I felt I truly grew to know and love these characters. Words paint vivid pictures and I loved every single second. This novel is a treasure, one I don't plan to part with and one I'll peruse again for that lovely sigh of contentment at the end.

    This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.
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    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely debut February 1, 2012
    Format:Paperback
    Sixty Acres and a Bride, Regina Jennings' lovely historical debut novel,is the kind of story I love best---filled with well-rounded characters that capture your imagination from the opening pages.
    Her portrayal of Rosa and Weston and their strong familial ties is heartfelt and moving, and she convincingly captures the atmosphere of post-bellum Texas. A warm and satisfying read.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Debut Novel February 15, 2012
    Format:Paperback
    I have found a new author that I know you will all love! Regina Jennings is her name and Sixty Acres and a Bride is her debut novel with Bethany House. I came across an interview with her when I googled her name and you are not going to believe her story. Apparently she had never tried her hand at writing a novel before and had been more of a reader than a writer. On January 1, 2010 she started writing and she finished her first draft in May. In September of that same year she went to a writer's conference with manuscript in hand and ended up with a 3-book contract! How's that for an overnight success story? Once you start reading her book you will realize why Bethany House signed her so quickly.

    Sixty Acres and a Bride is a modern day telling of the story of Ruth and Boaz. We follow our main character Rosa Garner, a recent widow, from Mexico to Texas. She has returned to her husband Mack's family ranch with her mother in-law, Louise Garner (also a widow), only to discover that the people they had been renting their home to had not paid the taxes in over four years and now the land Rosa's husband grew up on might be lost to them forever.

    Enter Weston Garner, Louise's nephew, and a widower with a guilty conscience. He has sworn off women. But that was before he met Rosa. Now, throw in a villain who can't keep his eyes off of Rosa, a jealous female who doesn't want Rosa near Weston and a deadline to raise a whole bunch of cash before they lose the land and you've got an exciting story. I simply can't wait to see what Regina Jennings writes next! I guarantee you will love this book.

    I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but too long
    Although I liked the actual story, it seemed to take forever to finish! What set this apart from other stories is that the lead character, Rosa, was from Mexico. Read more
    Published 7 hours ago by Sandi Carter
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sixty Acres and a Bride
    I really enjoyed reading this book. The character's really get into your head how and why they feel as they do. Very nice Christian book. I would recommend this book to others.
    Published 22 hours ago by Annie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
    Amazing novel I couldn't put it down!!! It was such a beautiful love story. I was so bummed when it was over!
    Published 2 days ago by Sara McCracken
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love everlasting!
    What a great story! I loved Rosa...her character moved through the story easily and then she fought with the villainous Tillerton! Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Kathryn DiCicco
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
    I was so sorry to see it end. Very good!
    Published 3 days ago by Rebecca Alumbaugh
    1.0 out of 5 stars save me from this book
    Oh God, please save me from this torturous book. It was like I was reading a parody by an author who likes to draw the reader into a certain imminent conclusion and then, SLAM!! Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars When Love Abounds
    Captivating, frustrating, and overwhelming. What a web we weave at times; but in the end, love prevails. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Robert D Patton
    5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down.
    Another book that you can't put down. My heart went out to Rosa. Her life was full of sadness and trials. It seemed as though every day she faced another problem.
    Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love this one
    Published 10 days ago by Jose
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
    This is a very good book! I really enjoyed it and loved how the characters communicated with God. It was good and relative. Thanks
    Published 12 days ago by Lurlean Montgomery
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    More About the Author

    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 ornery husband and four dangerously charming children.

    Visit Regina's website at www.reginajennings.com.


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