Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings
Bethany House ISBN 978-0-7642-0990-1
Life in Caldwell County, Texas in 1878 consisted of` hard work for men. Life was even harder for the two widowed women who return to Lockhart, Texas from Mexico where both their husbands died. Louise Garner and her Mexican daughter in law, Rosa, come back to reclaim Louise Garner and her deceased husband’s sixty acre farm that they had rented out during their absence. The tenants left the property and never paid the taxes. If they don’t pay $166 in taxes both Mrs. Garners may find themselves evicted.
Sometimes even doing your best isn’t good enough. Both women work hard to generate income, but there were obstacles and complications. A neighbor, Jay Tillerton, poses the biggest threat to both Rosa and the eventual ownership of the property. While trying to find her place in her new life in Texas, Rosa struggles to fit in and not offend anyone- often with unforeseen results. Louise believes her faith will see them through. Could she be right? Rosa knows there was love lacking in her marriage to Louise’s son. She meets Louise’s nephew, Weston Garner who is a widower and what ensues is a complex and heart wrenching relationship- one filled with fear, self doubt, guilt and ultimately, honesty.
This is a story of family as well as of values and deep personal faith. The author skillfully details human frailties and their strengths. The characters have distinctive voices and the reader is given the rare opportunity to look into their souls. She masterfully keeps the reader involved in the story without revealing the story’s conclusion prematurely. I recommend reading this book.
I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers and I give this review of my own free will.