Regina Jennings quickly became one of my favorite authors with her debut novel several years ago, and I have enjoyed reading each of her books since that first release. This latest novel combines romance and mystery in a tale containing both dramatic and humourous moments. Jennings convolutes the circumstances with the contrast and clash of class distinctions as well as the disparity between provincial and urban cultures, adding conflict and tension. Perhaps the most meaningful aspect for me, however, is one you don't often see in historical fiction: that of an elderly character displaying dementia and the effect on the family. Jennings portrays this beautifully as Miranda, the community, and her family deal with the awkwardness, embarrassment, spiritual questioning, and decisions that come with such a situation, played out in an era when little was known about such a disease. I know God will use the nuggets of truth tucked in this story to minister to someone on a similar journey. Act now to get your copy of At Love's Bidding before it's going, going, gone!
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At Loves Bidding is book two in Ozark Mountain Romance series. I really enjoyed this historical romance that Ms. Jennings has weaved for us. I love the story and the characters, both are easy to follow. The story has enough suspense in it for all you mystery fans, it is a humor intriguing story with vivid and quirky characters. I also love the spiritual thread that runs throughout the story . Miranda helps her grandfather at the Boston action house and is very good at her job. A valuable heirloom picture has been sold by mistake, and they must get it back. Wyatt is a Missouri auctioneer who runs a different kind of action, but he also is good at his job. Ms. Jennings weaves us a story of a heroine and hero that comes from a difference social class. Will the heirloom valuable picture ever be found? Can Miranda and Wyatt get along since their social standings are so difference? At times I was laughing so hard and other times I felt so sad. At Loves Bidding can be read as a stand-alone.
I was given a copy of this book by the author and Bethany House Publishing Group for my honest review.
Miranda Wimplegate has lived an entire life in the shadows of her parents' prestigious auction house, faithfully cataloguing and describing items of infinite worth for Boston's elite. One ordinary transaction evokes quite an extraordinary reaction, when a treasured family portrait is mistakenly sold to an anonymous buyer. Miranda rushes to her family's defense and accompanies her grandfather to a remote western auction house with the intention of surreptitiously recovering the painting and avoiding scandalous ruin. To their complete surprise, they arrive in Pine Gap, Missouri only to discover that the place of business which they have hurriedly purchased is nothing more than a large rural stock barn with an irate manager, not at all pleased to have been bought out by cattle-ignorant "city slickers".
Wyatt Ballentine is not about to lose control of his family's heritage to Bostonians, even if one of them is the most beautiful woman on the face of God's green earth. He cannot imagine what they could possibly want with a stock barn, but he is convinced that there is more to Miranda Wimplegate than meets his most pleased eyes. But then, there is more to Wyatt Ballentine than anyone in his family is willing to admit. Wyatt's background is riddled with mystery and it is no coincidence that his mystery and Miranda's mystery begin to coincide, no coincidence at all. The question is, what will they decide to do about it?
This delightful story is stocked full of interesting characters, intriguing suspense, and unabashed romance that hits dead end after dead end until the gavel announces; "going once, going twice, loved by the heart's highest bidder "! Enjoy every page of "At Love's Bidding"!
It was my pleasure to receive a copy of this book from the author in return for my honest opinion.
At Love's Bidding is the second Ozark Mountain Romance series. What a sweet and fun read! I love Regina Jennings's writing and how she is able to make the reader laugh one minute and then tug at one's heart the next. I just loved Miranda and Wyatt in this book and I look forward to more characters like this in the future.
Another outstanding book by Regina! I so loved this book and it had me laughing with the first chapter with a silver platter. What a ride this has been with Miranda a spunky girl who loves her grandfather to the core even though he has quirky episodes. She is right by his side as they travel to a small town in the Ozarks tracking a painting that was accidentally sold, or was it? They decided to buy the auction house it was sent too thinking it would be much like their auction house but come to find it is an auction house for livestock and rhubarb pies. On the way there they were robbed but then she comes face to face with the outlaw. Was there something more with the bearded outlaw and what will she and her grandfather do if she can't find the painting. Come on a joy ride that will tickle your fancy with maybe a little bit of romance. I can't wait for the 3rd book in this series!