With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to Texas and the family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have only three months to pay. Though facing eviction, Rosa can’t keep herself from falling in love with the countryside and the wonderful extended family who want only her best. Learning the American customs is not easy, however, and this beautiful young widow can’t help but catch wandering eyes. Where some offer help with dangerous strings attached, only one man seems honorable. But when Weston Garner, still grieving his own lost love, is unprepared to give his heart, to what lengths will Rosa go to save her future?
Oh how I wanted to love this book! When Bethany House Publishers sent out an email about their newest books, I immediately fell in love with this one — how could I not? The cover is absolutely gorgeous! The girl is beautiful and the colours are so pretty. Unfortunately, while I normally don’t have issues with Christian romance books, but sadly this one wasn’t for me.
I think my main issue fell with the main character, Rosa, a Mexican girl who married a Texan who passed shortly after they were married. Now, she moves back to the family ranch in Texas with her mother-in-law. I really wanted to like Rosa as she was a fish out of water in Texas, having to learn the American customs. But it seemed that she was always trying to make everyone happy, didn’t express her opinion as much as she should, and was really just so passive throughout the entire novel.
What I did really like was the fact that Rosa was Mexican. Even if the way she acted irked me for the entire novel, it was nice to see someone who was different, talented, and able to lift a finger and work. What I wanted from Rosa, was for her to actually learn something about the American customs. I felt that she was constantly doing something wrong, which made people gasp in shock and talk about how unladylike she is — I thought that as the months passed, she would grow accustomed.
I was also concerned with Rosa’s need to constantly prove herself. She wanted to make money, she wanted to work, and she never wanted to be indebted to anyone. After a while, it grew a little tiring. I had hoped that the story might have turned a little more Cinderella-type with Rosa having found her way in the end.
The story was quite typical from what I’ve seen in historical romances — the family must pay their taxes by a certain date, but isn’t sure where they will get the money. It definitely had promise! But with me not being able to identify with the main character — and at times, not even liking her — it was really hard to feel compassion towards her in the story. The story also seemed to move quite slowly and I found myself skimming page after page where not much was actually going on.
Though it didn’t turn out to be a good read for me, that’s not to say that other readers won’t like it. In fact, if you look on Goodreads, Sixty Acres and a Bride gets plenty of 4 and 5 star reviews! If you’re looking for a slow-paced Christian romance, you may very well like this one. Though, if I were to recommend a good Christian romance, this probably wouldn’t be one I’d choose.
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