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At Love's Bidding (Ozark Mountain Romance Series #2)

Regina Jennings
At Love's Bidding (Ozark Mountain Romance Series #2)
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At Love's Bidding is the second book in the Ozark Mountain Romance Series from Regina Jennings. After accidently selling a prized family heirloom, Miranda and her grandfather track the owner to the Ozarks and purchase the business. When they arrive to find cattle, Miranda h... Read More

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At Love's Bidding is the second book in the Ozark Mountain Romance Series from Regina Jennings. After accidently selling a prized family heirloom, Miranda and her grandfather track the owner to the Ozarks and purchase the business. When they arrive to find cattle, Miranda hopes she can salvage the situation.

Product Details:
Page Count: 352
Released: 12/2015
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Nov 3, 2015
  • UPC: 9780764211416
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: Dec 1, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0764211412

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Missouri wasn't quite ready for them... by J. Augustine on 8/1/2016
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Another fun, sweet, and quirky historical romance from Regina Jennings! From the charming cover, who wouldn't love that pink-dress-wearing-cow-leading girl, throughout every page, At Love's Bidding is such a delight. I've been a fan of Regina's for a few years now and that absolutely is not changing.

At Love's Bidding is a fun read, not only is there plenty of romance and comedy but there is also a bit of mystery element that adds a nice touch to the already enjoyable story. I loved the new cast of characters and was also thrilled to run into some old friends from previous stories.

All I can say is you can't go wrong with At Love's Bidding, or any Regina Jennings book for that matter, and it's a must read for any fan of historical romance.

(I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)

Fun and Surprises by Kathleen E. on 3/14/2016
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Monday, March 14, 2016
At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings, © 2016

From the neat and tidy streets of Boston, Massachusetts, Miranda Wimplegate and her grandfather, Elmer Wimplegate, leave their Wimplegate Auction House to board the train heading through the Missouri Ozarks ~ only they will be stopping.

Unfortunately, when Miranda saw the next item up for bid wasn't in her carefully drawn auction catalog, she didn't interrupt her grandfather so as not to embarrass him. How could a portrait of a man within a fine frame disrupt their reputation as a sale house? Thus, sends them on a merry chase to the auction house they have purchased sight unseen in Pine Gap, Missouri, to intercept the painting before it is resold.

Will they be in for a big surprise upon arriving and finding what else is for sale along with the local art.

"Mr. Pritchard here. So sorry we didn't have someone to pick you up, but here you are. Now, I did just as you asked and haven't sold a thing ever since you wired the money. We just took everything the folks brought in, but didn't let none of it go."
At Love's Bidding, 45, 46

Wyatt Ballentine is caught off guard to find that all he has worked for has been passed on to someone else.

Miranda's grandfather leaves her to travel through the countryside to find new offerings for their Boston sale house. Known to be shy and used to following directives from others, Miranda finds she must get some backbone to watch out for Grandfather and his ventures. Especially to stand up to Wyatt who has stayed on as manager.

Wyatt has had to maintain his own livelihood, poked fun of as the younger brother. As he and Miranda search out how they can best work together, they find their differences become assets.

I like Grandpère LeBlanc's appearance and humble surroundings. He helps the story along and projects character of those nearby.

This story is interesting and I look forward to future gatherings of the countryside very aptly described by the author.

***Thank you to author Regina Jennings and Bethany House Publishing for sending me a review copy of At Love's Bidding. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

•°o•:*:•.REALLY ENJOYABLE.•:*:• o°• by Blue Jeans And Teacups on 1/20/2016
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Boston, Massachusetts 1873

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! When Regina disclosed the premise of the book, to us {her influencer team}, way back in February 2015, I was INSTANTLY awaiting the arrival of this book! But we would have to wait nearly a year until near Christmas. So once the holidays were finally behind me, I eagerly devoured this book in just 2 days! Miranda is a kind girl, but she has not found her voice yet. She seeks to make everyone around her happy. She has a special relationship with her grandfather I found especially charming. Ch. 7 “Arguing art was one of their favorite, pastimes…”
Grandfather Elmer’s mental faculties are beginning to fade, and he causes all sorts of trouble. Some of it quite delightful, some not so much.
Cousin Cornelius – royal pain extraordinaire. High and mighty attitude, and wants to marry Miranda… or rather EXPECTS her to marry him and be thoroughly content with it.
Betsy – young girl from the hills who has GREAT insight. She is spunky, outspoken and very protective of those she cares about. I would definitely enjoy seeing her character grow in this series.
Widow Sanders – Kind, older lady who adds another layer to the story. Specialty – rhubarb pie (-smile)
Lady Godiva – hilarious! You’ll have to read it.
Wyatt lives in the boondock hill country of Pine Gap, Missouri. He is a pillar of the community and a man of faith. However, he is also stubborn and tends to leap before he looks, particularly where his lazy brother Isaac is concerned. His past has a lot of missing holes that have left him with many questions. He dreams of one day owning the sale barn as his father intended for him, and he works hard there to keep it going, and maintain its reputation until he can afford to buy it.
There were several times I laughed out loud while reading this book, and I have to say I TRULY APPRECIATE good humor in historical fiction. There were also enough moments of faith that I was pleased.
For tea enthusiasts such as myself:
p.14 – “She’d miss the Revere tea service that was selling today, but with Paul’s silversmith mark clearly discernible, they’d make a nice commission on it.”
There are other tea moments as well, from hot tea to cool sweet tea shared between Miranda and Wyatt. The latter being a moment I found rather tender.

5 stars

© 2015 Bethany House
349 pages
I received a copy from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.
Read: 01/14,15&16/2013 - Reviewed: 01/18/2015

A delight to read! by The Avid Reader on 1/15/2016
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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.

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.

Caveat Emptor, or Let the Buyer Beware! by Tickmenot on 1/8/2016
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Miranda Wimplegate, along with her grandfather, Elmer, are on a mission to save their family's business. They must find a painting, a family heirloom, that was mistakenly sold at their auction house in Boston. The wealthy LeBlanc family that owns it, is threatening to sue them, and ruin the Wimplegate name throughout the proper Boston society of 1873. In an attempt to stop that from happening, Miranda and her grandfather find themselves at an auction barn the Wimplegates recently purchased, in the backwoods of Missouri called Pine Gap.

Through a comedy of errors, the Wimplegate family has purchased a livestock auction business, not an art and antique business like they own in Boston. Yet the clues to the whereabouts of the missing painting clearly pointed to Pine Gap. They no sooner arrive, when Grandfather Elmer's mind starts slipping, and he becomes prey to every scheme unscrupulous local characters try to interest him in. Additionally, Miranda and Elmer need to learn to run the sale barn, much to the consternation of the long-time manager, Wyatt Ballentine--who is unhappy because he had always planned on purchasing it.

Travel can broaden your horizons, as well as, other things....

The longer Miranda is in Pine Gap, the more mysteries unfold, including that of Wyatt's background, along with his feelings for her. Yet life back in Boston always beckons her to return, making anything that happens in Pine Gap seem unreal.

This tale has lots of twists and turns, which will keep your interest, and the pages turning. I liked this story a lot. It will take you on a wild ride through the small-town life of the Missouri Ozarks, to the snobbery of the upper crust of Boston society. In between, there is a doctor who thinks character can be determined by bumps on one's head, a girl who gains self-esteem along with confidence in herself, and the possible missing heir to a very wealthy family. There is humor, mystery, and some romance, all kept clean through the talented pen of a Christian story-teller. I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys clean fiction.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of At Love's Bidding through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Lighthearted Quick Read by Seasons of Opportunities on 1/2/2016
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Living in a small town where many people are cattle owners and cattle auctions happen frequently, although I have never been to one, I could easily place myself in the setting of this book. Of course Pine Gap may be a bit smaller than the town I live in, but relatable all the same.
Miranda, a young woman from a fine Boston family, finds herself traveling across country with Grandpere after their auction house accidentally sells a family heirloom that wasn't intended for sale. Poor Grandpere, once a fine man, full of wisdom and discretion, God honoring, is now slightly off kilter and making some very questionable choices. Meanwhile, the auction house they thought they had purchased in attempt to recovery the portrait is not at all what they had in mind. And they have no idea whatsoever how to auction cattle.
Wyatt the auction house manager has always dreamed of bigger things, only to find that his one and only dream has been sold out from under him to some city slickers who are completely clueless.

This book is full of twists and turns, a bit of sass, and a bit of romance. And of course some very lovable characters. I totally enjoyed the angle that Regina took on the grandfather with onset dementia or Alzheimers and Miranda's loving actions towards him as well as the respect she continued to show him even when he was not in his right mind. My grandmother had dementia, so I could certainly relate to the content.

This is the first book I have read by Regina, but I certainly will be enjoying more of her books. I love her lighthearted sense of humor. her wit, and how she concocts her stories. She was creative and although the book was somewhat predictable, it was also full of twists and turns to make you wonder. She did a wonderful job of involving my emotions and evoking different feelings in regards to the characters and their actions. I can't wait to read another one of her books.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion.


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