Friday, January 15, 2016

At Love's Bidding

Happy National Hat Day!  I love vintage hat and have a collection of them hanging in my room.  I have them from various eras going back to the 1920s.  Do you like hats?  Then put one on today. Make a statement and enjoy yourself!

At Love’s Bidding by Regina Jennings is the second book in the Ozark Mountain Romance series and it is set in 1873.  Miranda Wimplegate is used to staying in the shadows.  She does not like being the center of attention and you can tell from the dull clothes that she wears in colors that will make her blend in with her surroundings.  Miranda works at her family's auction house Wimplegate Auction House (not very original) in Boston, Massachusetts.    The family sold a painting that was not supposed to be in the auction (so who put it there).  Miranda and her grandfather, Elmer Wimplegate (who seems to be having memory issues) go to Pine Gap (where the purchases mailed the painting) to retrieve the painting which will protect the reputation of their auction house.  In order to ensure that they get the painting, the purchase the auction house in Pine Gap (sight unseen).  What they do not know is that the auction house caters to animals (and whatever else anyone wishes to sell).

Wyatt Ballentine is the manager of the sale barn at the auction house in Pine Gap.  He has been saving up to buy it and is upset when he finds out that the owner sold it to outsiders.  Wyatt is hoping he can convince Miranda and Elmer that this is not the business for them and get them to sell the auction house to him.  Wyatt does not anticipate Miranda and her determined nature.  Miranda will have her hands full with keeping an eye on her grandfather (who is getting worse each day), looking for the painting, and not letting Wyatt know what she is looking for in the auction house.  I think Miranda and Wyatt are in for an adventure!

At Love’s Bidding is a cute novel.  I liked the main characters (especially Wyatt) and the setting of Pine Gap.  There are some interesting people in this delightful little town.  At Love’s Bidding is fun and easy to read.  I give At Love’s Bidding 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I liked seeing Miranda grow and blossom during the course of the novel.  At Love’s Bidding can be read without having enjoyed the first book in the series.   I look forward to the next book in the Ozark Mountain Romance series.

The first book in the Ozark Mountain Romance series A Most Inconvenient Marriage.  I received a complimentary copy of At Love’s Bidding from NetGalley and The Book Club Inc. (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.  

I am currently reading Lights, Camera, Murder! by Marie Celine (it is just okay).  Are you ready for the weekend?  I hope you have a great time and get a chance to relax (after doing your errands, laundry, cleaning, etc.).  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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