Tuesday, February 14, 2012

CFBA: Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings

Song Stuck on the Brain: Bits and Pieces by The Dave Clark Five.
This one is truly an LF Syndrome moment, I have no clue where this one came from, but it's truly catchy and has stuck around.

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

Regina Jennings


The story of Ruth and Boaz seems to be popular this month, although it wasn't intentional. I've already posted my review of Ruth's Redemption earlier. I knew that one was intended to be a homage to the Bible story. Although good, I didn't sense a strong connection between the two tales.

However, after reading Sixty Acres and a Bride and I can say that Regina Jennings did an awesome job of reimagining the story of Ruth. The book blurb doesn't even hint at that, but it was clear from the first chapter that Ruth and her mother Naomi were an inspiration for this Texas set historical novel. It was so well done too. It wasn't a traditional retelling by anymeans, but the framework from the Biblical tale was strongly set and was a great setting for Rosa's story of moving to a new country as an outcast and finding a home and true love.

Rosa is strong and a little naive at moments, but never stupid. I love her gumption. Weston is easy to fall for, a man who's so willing to give his all to protect and care for those he loves. Every woman dreams of that to some degree. Regina takes these two idealistic characters, has them fall in love and then show honestly how they aren't so perfect and that fear is a weakness we all suffer. You may want to throttle one or both or our lovers before the tale is said and done, but it's so worth the emotional investment.


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.

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).

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