Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings

Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings is about two women recently widowed.  One is Rosa who is of Mexican descent and the other is her mother in law Louise who with her family has been working in Mexico.  The story is set in 1878 during the settling of Texas.  Rosa faces prejudices because of her race but also because of not knowing the cultural differences.  Rosa's family has disowned her because of her marrage as well as her becoming a Christian.  Louise tries her best to teach her of the culture and learning the new ways.  When they arrive at their old homestead they find that the tenents had left and not paid the taxes.  Rosa and Louise immediately start to work to figure out how to make the farm pay for itself as well as save enough to pay years of back taxes in the three months left before the county puts the farm up for a tax sale. 

I liked this book.  It is an easy read and interesting book.  The reader finds theirself rooting for Rosa and wanting her to be able to fit into the community without loosing her identity as a Mexican.  She loves the bright colors of her heritage but it seems that the only time that her time others also appreciate it is in her needlework.  Her linens sell like hotcakes.  It is an enjoyable read.

This book was provided by Bethany House Publishing for this review.

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