Monday, 28 December 2015

Book Review: At Loves Bidding

Cover Art

From The Back:

She Sells Priceless Antiques.
He Sells Livestock by the Pound.
Is He Really the Man to Make a Bid for Her Heart?

After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she's accidentally sold a powerful family's prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the people who could ruin them forever, they track it to the Missouri Ozarks and make an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house and all its holdings before the painting can move again.

Upon crossing the country, however, Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn't deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt Ballentine, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don't know a thing about the business he's single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count--but no mysterious painting--Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

My Reflections:

At Love's Bidding is the second book in Regina Jennings series of the "Ozark Mountain." Having read the first book (and many others of Jennings work) A Most Inconvenient Marriage, I was thrilled to be able to review this one as well.

The fabulous things I love about Jennings tales are they are light and there is always a smattering of humour peppered into the story line. This book was no different, It was a light hearted storyline, mixed with the devastating realities of dementia. It made me laugh it made me cry. The characters in this novel were nothing less than delightful, from Miranda to her grandfather to Wyatt. All these characters were fallible having to struggle with human emotions and reactions ranging from patience, determination, forgiveness and courage. 

One blunder leads to another when Miranda Wimplegate tries to unravel the mystery of a sold painting. She finds herself traveling from the posh city of Boston to the rough and tumble Missouri Ozarks. Expecting to find a sophisticated auction house she encounters nothing of the sort. The fancy Auction house she just paid a ridiculous sum of money for is actually a livestock auction house!

Poor Wyatt Ballentine is just a hard working country bumpkin trying to fulfill his father's dream of managing a livestock auction house. Not in a million years did he expect to be tangled up with these two city dwellers!

This book is a must read indeed. It can be read as a stand alone or in order. I so enjoyed the 1870 setting and the way Jennings painted the backdrop, certainly a place I would have loved to visit!
If you are a Jennings fan her newest book will certainly not disappoint!

I received this book free of charge in return for my honest review from Graf- Martin Communications.
Thank you Graf- Martin!

THE AUTHOR

  1. Regina Jennings
    Photo courtesy of Ginger Murray Photography

    Regina Jennings

    Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient MarriageSixty Acres and a Bride, andCaught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to...
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