Thursday, March 1, 2012
Book Review: SIXTY ACRES AND A BRIDE by Regina Jennings
What would happen if the story of Ruth in the Bible had happened in the nineteenth century? It might sound a lot like the story of Rosa, a native of Ciauhtlaz, Mexico, and her mother-in-law, Louise Garner.
Rosa had converted to Christianity, and her parents and her entire village rejected her. Louise and her husband took her in and decreed that Rosa and their son would marry, and they did. Mack didn't love Rosa. In fact, he loved another woman and didn't bother to hide it from her. Rosa would do anything to avoid another loveless marriage.
After both their husbands died in the mines in Ciauhtlaz, Louise brought her daughter-in-law back with her to Lockhart, Texas. The arrive to find out the property taxes on Louise's farm hadn't been paid in four years. If they didn't pay the taxes by August 15, the land might be taken over by that neighbor with the lecherous eyes, Jay Tillerton.
Mr. Tillerton was married, but that didn't stop him from making advances to the beautiful Mexican lady. In fact, he offered to pay the taxes if she would just show him a little ... consideration. Ugly inside and out, in Rosa's opinion.
Then along comes our reluctant hero, Weston Garner, Louise's brother-in-law. A widower himself, he holds himself to blame for his wife's death. How can he hope to rescue any woman when he couldn't stop his own wife's downward spiral? He needs time, and time is not something Rosa and her mother-in-law have.
Rosa becomes a second Ruth and goes to Weston for help. How will he respond? Can he, will he, come to their rescue?
Sixty Acres and a Bride is available, e-book or hard copy, through Regina Jenning's website, Christian Books, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobel.