In Regina Jennings' most recent historical fiction novel she does an excellent job of writing the characters in a way that at times you love them, get mad at them, or your heart aches for them. I'm not sure why but I imagined so much of what takes place in Missouri to mimic Walnut Grove in Little House on the Prairie. That was one of my favorite shows as a girl so at several points in the book I felt like I already knew an area they were traveling to. As far as the story itself goes the romance plays a secondary role to the suspense in my mind. I was curious about so many things from the very first chapter and rather than reveal too much at once the story doles out bits and pieces here and there that bring answers over time.
When a painting is mistakenly auctioned off at the Wimplegate's Auction House in Boston Miranda's grandfather purchases the auction house in Missouri where the painting was supposedly sent after purchase. Unwilling to let him travel alone and wishing to escape her cousin Cornelius and his marriage proposals, Miranda accompanies her grandfather to Missouri to retrieve the painting. When they discover they've purchased a livestock auction barn I literally laughed. Having introduced more than one "city person" to cows myself I was expecting the reaction to the smells. Nonetheless I still had to laugh at how appalled they were initially. Wyatt, the auction barn manager, finds humor in the Wimplegate's lack of cattle experience but is remarkably patient helping them acclimate to how these auctions differ from what they are used to back in Boston. It's impossible not to root for Wyatt and Miranda but will their differences be too great to overcome? Can Miranda help her grandfather recover the painting and save their family business?
I I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
About the book:
At Love's Bidding (Bethany House, December 2015)
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.
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About the author:
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 Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina 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, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children.
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After a cross-country trip to track down a sold painting that could ruin her family's business forever, Miranda Wimplegate forms an unlikely but charged partnership with livestock auctioneer Wyatt Ballentine in Regina Jennings' At Love's Bidding. Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn’t deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt, 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 must try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.
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