Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings is about Rosa, a beautiful, young Mexican widow who moves to Texas with her mother-in-law after their husbands are killed in an accident. They plan to return to the family ranch, only to find they owe back taxes and must pay within three months or be evicted.
As with any historical romance, much of the story was predictable. I still enjoy the genre though, and there were a few plot twists that I didn't expect. Also, if you are familiar with the story of Naomi and Ruth, you will recognize much of this story.
The story explores a woman who desires to fulfill her family obligations all while learning another culture and staying secure in her new faith.
Occasionally I felt like the dialogue was a little modern and didn't "fit" within the story, and there were times I felt like the inner turmoil and denial were extremely drawn out and repetitive, but I still wanted to know how the story was going to end. For a debut novel, Jennings did well.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.