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.Rosa is a native of Mexico and when she married Mack Garner and accepted his God, her parents disowned her. Mack Garner and Eli Garner are both killed in a mining accident in the Sierra Madres leaving Rosa & Louise without anyone to care for them. Louise tells Rosa that she is coming home with her to her native Texas. Rosa tells Louise that she will work extra hard for her and help her anyway that she can. When they get to town, Rosa is left with the wagon loaded with their belongings while Louise and Mary go to the Tax office only to discover that they owe $166 and they have 3 months to pay it. May not sound like alot now, but back in 1878, that was alot of money to them. Seems the taxes had not been paid for the last 4 years.
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.
The farm that Eli & Louise had left to go mining was in a sad state. All 3 ladies set about cleaning, plowing and planting seeds. Weston Garner is Mack's uncle and Mack told Rosa that he is a very strong man and will help his family anyway possible. After raising 100 chickens to sell, 2 gardens and all of Rosa's embroidery work that the townspeople loved, they were still short $100. Weston tells Rosa, that he will marry her and pay off your debt. At first, she says no then realizes that is the only way to save the farm. While she marries Weston, Louise also marries a man named Deacon and Rosa no longer has to help Louise.
The road is not paved in gold just because Rosa married Weston. They have a neighbor Jay, who lusts after Rosa and several times tries to seduce her or attack her and twice she manages to fight him off, once with a gun and once with a knife. Jay is a low life who has no use for even his own wife. Both Rosa and Weston begin to fall in love with each other but are both awkward and afraid. Neither knows how to show it and that ends up causing what should have been a happy time, filled with doubt and sadness.
Rosa will make a decision that puts her life in danger and gets help from someone she would have least expected help from and is saved. Can she turn this around and make things work? You will have to read the book to find out. There are lots of twists and turns in the book and more relatives to talk about but I did not want to give the whole book away. It is a nice story and one that should remind us it is better to speak what is on your mind because people cannot read minds!
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.
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