At Love’s 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 relationship’s undoing? And then there’s 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 grandfather’s 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, isn’t 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.
Reviewed by Nicki