Rosa Gardner and her mother-in-law, Louisa, return from Mexico to Texas after the death of their husbands in a collapsed mine. But when they get to Texas they discover that they have only a few months to earn a huge amount of money in back-taxes or the land would be sold. Rosa and Louisa move in with another widow Gardner, Mary, and start working to save the ranch, planting crops, taking in sheep, and doing whatever else needs to be done.
Weston Gardner has been a recluse since the death of his wife, but he still does whatever he can to help Rosa and her family. He is attracted to the lovely Mexican lady, but vows to keep his distance since he will never remarry. Rosa too swears she’ll never marry again, but when push comes to shove, how far will she go to save the ranch?
SIXTY ACRES AND A BRIDE is the debut novel by Regina Jennings. It is a different sort of historical, with some laugh out loud moments, some delicious sexual tension, and lots of conflict.
There are times when the story slowed down and I skimmed more, but as a whole, the story held my interest and I wanted to keep reading—especially for the ending of the romance. Rosa, Weston and the secondary characters were all realistic. I especially enjoyed Weston’s sister and her husband. The ending was cut and pasted from another part of the book. It was a good scene initially, but felt wrong to read it again at the end. Over all, a good read. 4 stars. $14.99. 366 pages.