27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Sixty Acres and a Bride (Paperback)This is Regina's first novel, but you wouldn't know that. Sixty Acres and a Bride was a very well-written, engaging story. Right from the prologue, I knew it was a western-style story inspired by Naomi and Ruth.
I loved Rosa. She was so sweet and out of place, battling her guilt and grief in the only way she could: work, and work hard. Rosa, with her Mexican culture and upbringing, just doesn't seem to fit into her new town. Her natural beauty attracts the men - some as fierce protectors, but also those nasty ones who put fear in her heart.
As much as I loved Rosa and the entire Garner family, I must say that I was disappointed with the physical tension between some of the characters. Unfortunately, this appears to be more and more the case in Christian romance. The lines are blurring and writers are becoming more and more edgy in their descriptions of physical closeness between a man and woman.
I would not place this book with the edgy authors I avoid, such as Lessman, Gist, and Warren, but where is the line? I don't really know, but when I feel uncomfortable sharing a book with my mom or pastor's wife, my line has definitely been crossed, and I feel the need to caution other conservative readers.
Please know I have nothing against romance in books - I want it! But, I believe romance can be written in a way that is sweet and honors the sacred privacy of marriage.
Regina is a very talented writer; the overall story was wonderful. I would love to see more books by her; however, I will need to approach future offerings with care.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*