Litfuse Blog Tour + Review: Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings
|Sixty Acres and a Bride|
by Regina Jennings
Bethany House Publishers
As a blogger I have the utmost respect for all that authors do to get their stories out there for us to read. Research, plot development, character design, editing, re-editing it all has to be unbelievably hard work. I don't care how talented you are a story doesn't end up perfectly easily. I'm sure Regina Jennings a debut author with Bethany House Publishers can tell you just as much. With her book Sixty Acres and a Bride you get a story that is almost perfection and it's obvious that she has poured her heart into it.
Sixty Acres and a Bride is a good debut. If you like westerns and biblical fiction this is a mix of the two. Ms. Jennings has taken the story of Ruth and set it in 19th century Texas. While I haven't always been the world's biggest biblical fiction fan I love westerns and will read almost any romance I can get my hands on. This story does a great job of staying parallel with the biblical story of Ruth and presenting a historical Texas however I found the romance to be lacking. Some have mentioned that it was quite sensual but I didn't see that at all. It's not that I did not like the characters because I did. I really felt for Rosa and how she was ostracized by the women of Texas simply because of her appearance and free spirit. Weston was what a cowboy should be, quiet, handsome and loyal but both people together fizzled. The ending certainly was romantic but it didn't not seem to fit with the rest of the book. I felt like they were more friends than lovers. If their story was drawn out a little more (think a sequel) I think it would have been more believable.
Sixty Acres and a Bride is a solid start for Regina Jennings and I'm really looking forward to her next book. Hopefully it involves Texas or a western setting because she makes that come alive so well. Her complex characters are worth getting to know and themes of family and faith are so important and worth exploring again.
About the book:
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.
To read what others are saying about the book go HERE
*I received my complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for posting this review for the tour.*
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