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At Love's Bidding #2, Ozark Mountain Romance series, By Regina Jennings
When Miranda assists at her grandfather's Boston auction house, she accidentally sells a powerful family's prized portrait. Grandpa tracks the bidder to the Ozarks and quickly buys the local dealer's business. But when they arrive and find cattle, not paintings, they discover he's impulsively purchased livestock! Can Miranda salvage the situation with the handsome boss, Wyatt?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Ozark Mountain Romance
in Humorous Historical Romance
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 furious family, her grandfather tracks it to the Missouri Ozarks and makes an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house if they promise not to sell anything until he arrives.
Upon their arrival, however, they discover their new business doesn't deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its manager, ruggedly handsome Wyatt Ballentine, is frustrated to discover his fussy new bosses don't know a thing about the business he's single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more cattle than they can count--but no mysterious painting--Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and salvage a bad situation getting worse.
nkwbookreviewer4 Stars Out Of 5Book 2 or Standalone, it is good!September 3, 2016nkwbookreviewerQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4At Love's Bidding by author Regina Jennings is Book Two in her Historical Christian Romance series Ozark Mountain Romance. The cover promises fun and humor. Author Jennings obliges and provides plenty. This 352 page novel is published by Bethany House and set in the 1870's.
At Love's Bidding is the story of Boston city girl Miranda Wimplegate and country boy Wyatt Ballentine who is living in Pine Gap, Missouri. These are two well defined and extremely different characters. Miranda's family owns a high end auction house in upper crust Boston while Wyatt is the manager of the sale barn at the livestock auction house in Pine Gap, a small place in the hills of Missouri. Through a mishap they end up meeting and so begins their rocky romance.
Author Jennings does a wonderful job describing scenery and characters without becoming boring. She weaves a few Christian values and messages into her book, too. Her characters are lovable, relatable, down to Earth and even flawed just like in real life. Pine Gap has some humorous characters. They become like an eccentric group of new friends. The plot was well thought and book well written. There was mystery, romance, inspiration, humor, twists and turns which provided surprises. Even though this is Book Two it could be read as a standalone.
This is a cute, fun book that anyone should enjoy. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided in exchange for my honest review from The Book Club Network.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Reading that you'll enjoy cover to coverAugust 14, 2016Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5At Love's Bidding
By Regina Jennings
Miranda Wimplegate has never crossed anyone and she's not about to start to do so now, but something about Wyatt Ballentine just brings out the worst in her and she's only just met him! But when Miranda didn't stop her grandfather from auctioning off the wrong painting she is determined to help him right the wrong and save her family from ruin.
All Wyatt has ever wanted was to be accepted by his family and own the action barn that he has worked at most of his life. But when some upper-class Bostonians buy the whole business sight unseen he is left in a quandary. It's obvious the Wimplegates have no idea what they have gotten themselves into and the auction barn is no place to add a touch of genteel refinement.
It's obvious a new arrangement must be worked out if the Wimplegates hope to recover their investment - and where is the portrait that was rumored to be hidden away in this rural Missouri town? Time is against them in their search, but perhaps Miranda will find something of greater value in the Ozarks.
This is a delightful book that deals with the difficult issue of dementia in the elderly. But overall I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a historical fiction that will leave you with a feel-good frame of mind. Perfect for an afternoon read.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
melzNYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!August 2, 2016melzNYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Regina Jenningss book, At Loves Bidding, tells the story of Miranda Wimplegate, a young woman who helps her family manage an auction house in Boston, Massachusetts. In a faux pas, the auction house accidently sells a portrait that they were not to sell.
These circumstances set Mirandas grandfather to purchase an auction house in Missouri where the portrait was overheard to be shipped. Miranda sets out with her grandfather to Missouri where surprises and the mystery of the portrait await. While in Missouri, Miranda meets many quirky and endearing characters, one of whom is Wyatt Ballentine. Their journey together is fraught with angst, however, these characters impact each other in very positive and faithful ways.
I would recommend this book. The storyline is entertaining but also explores how faith impacts us on our walk through lifes struggles. I enjoyed reading this story. Regina Jennings is a gifted storyteller, who writes very memorable characters.
Note: I have received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Characters, Humor, and a Strong Spiritual ThreadJuly 4, 2016eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Friends of mine have recommended Regina Jennings books to me in the past, but for whatever reason I havent gotten around to reading her work until now. I will be making time for them in the future because I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and will be checking her earlier work out soon!
The characters are an interesting mix of personalities, lending the story a fun fish out of water element. Boston meets Pine Gap, and as a reader I was never quite sure which side needed to be thrown back. Both had positives, and the individual people in each group represented the best each had to offer. One of the things I most enjoyed was how the main characters remain who they are despite what life throws at themjust a better version of themselves as they grow throughout the novel.
There is a masterful plot twist about three quarters of the way throughit turned much on its head and really surprised me. I love when a book makes me think there is virtually no way for the hero and heroine to find their way to each other and I have to say this couple seems hopeless for much of the time. The key is to find an unexpected route that I never thought of but that still seems plausible to make me a happy reader. And in this novel, the twists arent just in the romance but also in the mystery surrounding our hero.
A strong spiritual thread anchors this book, unafraid to ask the tough questions about why God allows pain and suffering. While not giving the reader clich answers, the novel does remind us that God wastes nothing and we just need to be willing to learn and grow from what He allows to happen.
This novel really has it all: an interesting plot with a few twists to keep the reader turning pages, engaging characters, humor, and a great romance, too! Jennings fans will enjoy this latest novel, and Im sure shell gain new readers like myself, who are just now finding her work.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5City Girl Meets Mountain ManJune 27, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5At Loves Bidding by Regina Jennings is the story of Miranda Wimplegate and her grandfather as they travel out to a small town in the Missouri Ozarks when her grandfather accidentally sells the wrong painting at the auction their family was holding. How the painting came to be at their auction house is beside the point, and the owners of it, the notorious LeBlancs, want it back. Desperate to appease the LeBlancs, the Wimplegates manage to track down the painting. Upon learning that there is an auction house in the town where the painting was shipped they assume that is where the painting was sent. They immediately purchase the auction house and Miranda and her grandfather journey out to it to retrieve the painting and leave. However they are in for the shock of their life when they learn that the auction house actually sells cattle and livestock instead of antiques and fine art.
Wyatt Ballentine, the manager of the auction house, is not happy about the fact that the Wimplegates bought the auction house when he had so desperately wished to own it himself. They are rich and fussy and not at all accustomed to the Spartan life out here in the Ozarks. However he cannot deny the attraction he feels for this beautiful but timid young lady. And Miranda finds it difficult to ignore the draw she has for this ruff and gruff mountain man. Will Miranda and Wyatt be able to overlook their differences and the fact that they are from completely different worlds? Or will they let the differences of their class be their relationships undoing? And then theres the painting Why was the painting even shipped to the Ozarks in the first place and who was the person it was shipped to?
Miranda just wants to find the painting so she can leave as quickly as possible. Her grandfathers mental health has been in a decline since arriving at the Ozarks and she is desperate to get him back to Boston where he can be better taken care of. However Wyatt, the only person who might be able to help them, isnt so sure he wants Miranda to leave.
On a whole I enjoyed the story. It was a sweet romance- even if I felt like hitting Wyatt over the head with a two by four every once in a while- and I found it hard to put this book down. My thanks go to The Book Club Network, Inc. for providing me with a copy for an honest review. The opinions are my own.