Wednesday, January 6, 2016

At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings

She Sells Priceless Antiques.
He Sells Livestock by the Pound.
Is He Really the Man to Make a Bid for Her Heart?
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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
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Ginger Murray Photography
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, 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 and can be found online at

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my  honest opinion.

My Thoughts:
Living in a small town where many people are cattle owners and cattle auctions happen frequently, although I have never been to one, I could easily place myself in the setting of this book. Of course Pine Gap may be a bit smaller than the town I live in, but relatable all the same.
Miranda, a young woman from a fine Boston family, finds herself traveling across country with Grandpere after their auction house accidentally sells a family heirloom that wasn't intended for sale. Poor Grandpere, once a fine man, full of wisdom and discretion, God honoring, is now slightly off kilter and making some very questionable choices. Meanwhile, the auction house they thought they had purchased in attempt to recovery the portrait is not at all what they had in mind. And they have no idea whatsoever how to auction cattle. 
Wyatt the auction house manager has always dreamed of bigger things, only to find that his one and only dream has been sold out from under him to some city slickers who are completely clueless.

This book is full of twists and turns, a bit of sass, and a bit of romance. And of course some very lovable characters. I totally enjoyed the angle that Regina took on the grandfather with onset dementia or Alzheimers and Miranda's loving actions towards him as well as the respect she continued to show him even when he was not in his right mind. My grandmother had dementia, so I could certainly relate to the content. 

This is the first book I have read by Regina, but I certainly will be enjoying more of her books. I love her lighthearted sense of humor. her wit, and how she concocts her stories. She was creative and although the book was somewhat predictable, it was also full of twists and turns to make you wonder. She did a wonderful job of involving my emotions and evoking different feelings in regards to the characters and their actions. I can't wait to read another one of her books.

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