Monday, January 4, 2016
At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings
From Goodreads.com 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.
My Take: This was a delightful romp into the Ozark Mountains. This is the second in a series but you don't have to have read the first one to enjoy this one. Miranda's family owns an auction house in Boston. She is carrying on her grandmother's legacy of being nice to the more unfortunate. After a particular auction there is a mishap about a painting the they accidently sold. They track it down to Missouri and decide to try and get it from there. Miranda decides to go to keep an eye on her grandfather and also to get a break from her cousin who is wanting to marry her. Once the get to Missouri they are not use to the way things are done and how casual things are. they also know nothing about cattle whichi is what the Missouri auction house deals with. This a great story that has all the humor that accompany a duck out of water story.
I was a sent a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Litfuse.