"At Love's Bidding," by Regina Jennings

"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 people who could ruin them forever, they track it to the Missouri Ozarks and make an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house and all its holdings before the painting can move again. 

Upon crossing the country, however, Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn't deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt Ballentine, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don't know a thing about the business he's single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count--but no mysterious painting--Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

I found this a hard book to get involved with and it took me at least six chapters before I got fully immersed into the story.  Once that happened it was interesting, but no great surprises as to what was going to happen.  I enjoyed the grandfather's "story," and thought it was interesting to include what happens to him in it.

Quite a unique story line and I learned something new about auction houses.

Stars out of 5 : 4 an okay book, but not one I will remember down the road.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


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