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.
Read on for an excerpt from At Love’s Bidding and for my thoughts on the book. There’s also a link to a fun giveaway being held to celebrate the book’s release.
Regina Jennings takes readers on a hunt for a mysterious painting in her newest Ozark Mountain Romance installment. What is the object Miranda’s grandfather has accidentally auctioned off? How did it show up after Miranda had catalogued the lots of this particular auction but in time for the actual event? Miranda’s family blames her for not speaking up when she noticed the error, but that would’ve meant embarrassing her grandfather in public and possibly ruining his reputation. But in the course of looking for the artwork, her grandfather starts showing some unpredictable behavior. The reader then gets a sobering look at how growing old can change a person, because Miranda has her work cut out for her. A twist is also revealed midway through which takes us from a straightforward romance to a romance mystery with a possible criminal element. That’s what kept me reading.
Readers of A Most Inconvenient Marriage will recognize the setting of At Love’s Bidding and some of the characters. A number of years have passed, which means young Betsy is now approaching her teenage years. She becomes a pivotal part of this story. We also get to see how Abigail and Jeremiah are also fairing in their relationship. While reading the first book in the series isn’t probably necessary, I’d recommend it just for the introduction of these characters.
Thank you to Bethany House and Litfuse for my complimentary copy of At Love’s Bidding, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 01 December 2015
Page Count: 352