Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Book Review: "At Love's Bidding," by Regina Jennings
About this book:
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 singlehandedly 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.
I really enjoyed getting to know Miranda and Wyatt, who went through a lot of personal growth in this book. In Boston, Miranda was easily swayed by others, but through her trip to Missouri with her grandfather, who was showing signs of dementia, she learned to stand up for herself and become more independent. Wyatt grew up feeling inadequate because he was adopted and always believed he was born out-of-wedlock, so he had to summon up the courage to learn more about his background. Miranda and Wyatt seemed to have little in common at first, but through their struggles, they learned that they were more alike than they thought and both had a good heart. The quirky people in Pine Gap, Missouri, were a joy to meet, too. If you're a fan of historical romance, you'll delight in At Love's Bidding, by Regina Jennings.
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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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.