With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to their Texas family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have just three months to pay.
Though facing eviction, Rosa falls in love with the countryside and the wonderful extended family who want only her best. They welcome her vivacious spirit and try to help her navigate puzzling American customs. She can't help but stand out, though, and her beauty captures attention.
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, Rosa must decide to what lengths she will go to save her future. Read an excerpt here.
My thoughts: This is a Christian/western/historical/romance work of fiction that is very loosely based on the book of Ruth. In her debut novel, Jennings does a great job on each of those genre descriptions.
Set in the west, after the Restoration, Rosa deals with the culture shock of being a lone Mexican woman transplanted into an all-white environment. The way she learns and adapts to the new culture and customs while still cherishing and celebrating her own is compelling to watch (or read!) and often refreshingly humourous as well.
Jennings does an excellent job of bring the setting to life - you can just picture it in your mind's eye. I really enjoyed this book!
Thank you to Stephanie and Amy from Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.