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

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).

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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.

Learn more about Regina on her Website.

MY REVIEW:

For me, one of the perks of being a member of CFBA (Christian Fiction Blog Alliance) is the opportunity to discover new authors that I may not have found on my own. I cannot tell you how many authors have been added to my list of favorites since I have been involved with CFBA but I can say that Regina Jennings has just been added to that list. I sincerely hope that  I will not have to wait too long for her next novel.

Sixty Acres and a Bride is a retelling of the story of Ruth and Naomi and Boaz, the kinsman redeemer with a historical Texas setting. Imagine that Rosa, a young Mexican woman moves back to the family ranch in Texas with her mother-in-law Louise after the deaths of their husbands. There she meets her husband’s cousin Weston, a successful rancher who soon appoints himself as her protector. Enough said – no spoilers here. If you want to know more, do yourself a big favor and pick up a copy of this book as soon as you can.

I absolutely adored the author’s style that pulled me in and kept me reading until I found the end had come much too soon. The interaction and dialogue between characters was perfect. Each of them was so well defined that it was easy to picture them in my mind. The plot was well paced with just the right amount of drama, danger, humor, and romantic tension. And of course with a story based on a well loved Bible story, the spiritual thread was excellent. As I mentioned earlier, the only thing I could find wrong with this book was the fact that I reached the end much too quickly.

I also recommend that you check out Regina’s blog for the three-part story about how she came to write Sixty Acres and a Bride.