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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

An Unlikely Pair!! She sells priceless antiques, he sell livestock by the pound!!

"At Love's Bidding"
By Regina Jennings

This author certainly chose a very different setting for her historical romance, a Boston auction house! Not a place that is generally used for this type of book. The main character, Miranda Wimplegate, is helping her Grandfather in his business, at a Boston antique auction house, creating a catalogue of the items that are to be bid on. This is usually done so that buyers are able to get a background on what they are looking at  and know the proper value of the items. 

Miranda makes an mistake- one that is very disturbing and serious!! She has accidentally sold a very influential, powerful family's prized portrait to an anonymous  bidder. This family has the ability to ruin the family auction business! Desperate to appease these individuals, the portrait is tracked to the Missouri Ozarks! However, buying it back is not as easy as it appears!! An outlandish offer is made to buy the local auction house and ALL of its holdings so that they can get their hands on the one important item, the painting. THEN, the shocking news is discovered!! Their purchase was NOT the auction house that they thought, it was a cattle auction! What on earth will  they do with such a thing??? Neither Miranda or her Grandfather have any idea what to do with such a business!!

Entering the scene is handsome, very annoyed Wyatt Ballentine who is extremely annoyed to discover that his bosses don't know a thing about running the business that he has singlehandedly  kept afloat. Miranda and Grandfather are faced with more cattle than they have wanted to see, but NO painting!!  This situation goes from bad to worse, as an unlikely partnership is formed to attempt to save everyone from failure.

Regina Jennings writes in a style that is uniquely her's alone. She makes use of humor in serious situations to ease the tensions. Her characters have quirky characteristics that make them appealing to the reader. They are described in a way that makes them easy with whom to identify. I must say that I laughed aloud at some of the situations they found themselves in. 

The plot moves quickly with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader glued to the page. There are unexpected complications around every corner. Although the events are disturbing, upsetting and could change lives , they are described in Regina's unique way of having you tense and giggling at the same time. An unlikely and unwanted romance develops in spite of two individuals who want nothing to do with it. 

For those who love historical romance, this is a definite MUST read!! For those who don't particularly like this genre, try it!! I, for one, don't always find this genre appealing, however  the humor and setting of this book make it unusual and extremely different !

A five star book!!

This book was supplied by Bethany House   and Graff Martin Communications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Now available from your local bookseller.

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