I’m jumping right into the middle of the Ozark Mountain Romance series with book 2, At Love’s Bidding by Regina Jennings!
about the book
At Love’s Bidding by Regina Jennings
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 to salvage a bad situation getting worse.
I just love Regina Jenning’s quirky characters and the tricky situations they get themselves into. Miranda noticed her grandfather’s growing confusion but she doesn’t say anything because she doesn’t want him to be embarrassed. This is exactly what a good granddaughter should do, right? Besides, it’s never caused any trouble for her family’s upscale auction house… until now.
Since Miranda’s grandfather is determined to save his auction house, his granddaughter is recruited to “accompany” him. This is a nice way of saying she’s in charge of keeping him out of trouble AND recovering the painting which he inadvertently sold! Well, you know how grandparents can be, grandfather makes all the arrangements and off they go.
Things get really interesting when they arrive in the little Ozarks community and have their first encounter with disgruntled Wyatt. He isn’t laughing when he learns the livestock auction barn he manages has been sold to a Boston family more accustomed to dealing with antiques, jewels, and paintings. Wyatt has poured his life into his father’s dream of owning the place and it’s really no surprise that he doesn’t take too kindly to the outsiders who don’t know the first thing about livestock or life in the Ozarks.
No one knows who to trust and the stress of the whole situation is enough to give anyone an apocalyptic fit! Wyatt and Miranda are very entertaining and there are several colorful secondary characters as well. Overall, it’s a nice light-hearted mystery with a healthy dose of romance.
I received this book from the publisher through TBCN. The opinions expressed are my own. This review originally posted on 3/24/16.
about the author
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor.
She 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 with her ornery husband and four dangerously charming children.
Ozark Mountain Romance series
Ladies of Caldwell County series
I have so many laugh-until-you-cry memories with my mom and sisters.
Do you often find yourself in awkward or zany situations with your parents or grandparents?
Be sure to add At Love’s Bidding to your tbr!