Friday, March 16, 2012

Blog Tour - Made the Grade: Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings | Review & Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Regina Jennings, with a review of her debut novel "Sixty Acres and a Bride!!"

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from March 6 - 26, 2012 | Giveaway ends on March 26, 2012 | Regina's Facebook Author Chat Party is on March 27, 2012]

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 366; Kindle Edition - File Size: 751 KB | Expected Release Date: February 2012 | Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Obtained: LitFuse Publicity Group

"Sixty Acres and a Bride" by Regina Jennings

My Book Summary : After tragedy struck their family, Rosa and her mother-in-law, (now both widows) leave Mexico and move to Texas to live on their family's ranch. However, life in Texas is very different then what Rosa is used to, so she tries her best to fit in by following what her mother-in-law states as the correct etiquette for a woman, and by working her hardest in helping out in any way she can. Nevertheless, when they get into town they find out that they owe quite a lot of back taxes on their ranch and if they don't pay the fees within the next three months then they'll loose it all. Thankfully, they have family around to help them or they would be completely lost.

One of those family members is Weston, her mother-in-law's nephew, who has had to deal with his own loss and struggles, but still feels responsible for taking care of everyone within his family. Even Rosa. But will their pasts get in the way of the budding friendship/relationship growing between them?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, this is a sweet historical romance novel! It’s about a woman who is trying to find her place within the new town she lives in while making sure that her mother-in-law and herself are provided for and a man who is struggling with the tragedy from his past while trying to become the man he once was again. I think Rosa and Weston really worked well as a couple. Nonetheless, I LOVED a majority of the secondary characters, especially Uncle George & Aunt Mary with their motley crew of kids, the cowboys that work for Weston, and Eliza & Jake (Weston's sister and brother-in-law)! With that being said, I guess, I could never decide how I felt about Louise (Rosa's mother-in-law) and Molly (someone who has a crush on Weston and befriends Rosa), they were both good characters who seemed to be looking out for themselves mostly. In spite of this, during the time-period that this novel is set in that's how you had to live, by putting yourself first, so I suppose I can understand why they acted the way they did.

My only problem with this novel was the indecision that Rosa kept having when Weston was involved. I mean I understand her reasoning. However, the way it stretched out and how she didn't believe what he was saying about his own feelings for parts of it, made me a bit mad at her and annoyed with her.

Other then that though, I really enjoyed this novel and hope their will be another novel that involves some of the secondary characters since I truly loved them!!

I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys inspirational historical romances!!

Author's Novel Extras : Sixty Acres and a Bride Press Release | Q & A with Sixty Acres and a Bride Author Regina Jennings | Meet Rosa and Weston (as well as some other scenes/things from the novel)

Author Book Interview(s) :

Book Teaser(s) :
"Oh yes, Weston told me an amusing story, but I forgot. Where did you meet?" Eliza raised her eyebrows.
Rosa followed Louise's lead and took a seat. "When I went to help Uncle George and Aunt Mary for the sheep shearing."
"Oh, you were the one at the sheep shearing!" Eliza's eyes danced with mischief. "I just wish I could have been there. Sounds like you made quite an impression."
Rosa gasped. He'd told her about the old ewe? ~ within Chapter 10
"It's not out of boredom I do this. It's out of desperation. I still don't think it's going to be enough. Mr. Bradford has been generous, but we're trying to make up for years of debt in one summer. Unless Louise knows something I don't---"
"Speak of the devil."
"What?!" Rosa looked to the gun in alarm. "Who is the devil?"
"Coming over the crossing. See? It's Aunt Louise and Mr. Bradford." He pointed, glad for the opportunity to distract her. ~ within Chapter 15
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Regina, then please check out her website.

About the Author :

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children. Meet Regina here.

Learn more about Regina by visiting her website,

Giveaways!! :

Celebrate with Regina by entering to win a Kindle Fire and coming to her Author Chat Party on March 27th!

One fortunate winner will receive :
  • A Brand new Kindle Fire

  • "Sixty Acres and a Bride" by Regina Jennings

To Enter : Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends March 26, 2012! Winner will be announced at Regina's Author Chat Facebook Party on March 27th. Regina will be hosting an evening of chat, fun trivia and more! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and some beautiful silver jewelry!

So grab your copy of "Sixty Acres and a Bride" and join Regina and friends on the evening of March 27th for an evening of fun.

Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning! Hope to see you on the 27th!

ALSO -- Be sure to check out LitFuse's other Blog Tour Stops for this novel!!

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