Wednesday, December 23, 2015

At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings

At Love's Bidding

by Regina Jennings   

Historical Romance
Bethany House 

Join Litfuse, Bethany House, and Regina Jennings for the tour of At Love's Bidding, the second Ozark Mountain Romance.
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.

 Meet 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.

Here's my review of this entertaining historical romance novel:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Regina Jennings and her publisher for sending me a copy of "At Love's Bidding" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
In “At Love’s Bidding” by Regina Jennings, Miranda Wimplegate and her Grandfather travel from the high society of Boston to the Ozarks of Missouri to chase a painting that was accidentally sold at one of their auctions.  If they cannot retrieve the painting, their professional reputation will be destroyed.  So when the Wimplegates pay a ridiculously low price to purchase an auction house in Missouri, they imagine they’ve made the deal of a lifetime!  Certainly they will have to sort through lots of valuables, but they will find their painting and their auction house in Boston will be saved!  When they arrive in Missouri, they discover they’ve purchased partnership a cattle auction, and Wyatt Ballentine isn’t thrilled about breaking in the greenhorns.

“At Love’s Bidding” is sprinkled with romance and a bit of suspense and mystery.  It also really touched my heart as the subplot of Miranda’s Grandfather’s forgetfulness reminded me of my own Grandfather’s battle with Alzheimer’s.  This is another enjoyable read from Regina Jennings.  Her prose transports the reader to well-crafted settings populated by fleshy characters that not only entertain but also provoke thought and make me examine myself.  This is not my favorite novel by Regina Jennings, but I still recommend this book.

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