Wednesday, January 20, 2016

At Love's Bidding BOOK REVIEW

Hello Friends,

I was recently asked to review 2 books by Christian Historical authors.
Most recent was:

At Love’s Bidding – Book #2 Ozark Mountain Series
Regina Jennings

•°o•:*:•.REALLY ENJOYABLE.•:*:• o°•

Pine Gap, Missouri 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.”

Paul Revere II: Paine Service American, 1735-1818 

Paine Service, 1773 Silver

Gift of Frances and Eliza Paine, Dr. and Mrs. George C. Lincoln and Richard K. Thorndike
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.

Here is one of the early cover photos that was being played with at Bethany House.  She had emailed it to us in early 2015, and it was fun to compare with the new cover.

5 stars

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

Publisher's Description
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 furious family, her grandfather tracks it to the Missouri Ozarks and makes an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house if they promise not to sell anything until he arrives.

Upon their arrival, however, they discover their new business doesn't deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its manager, ruggedly handsome Wyatt Ballentine, is frustrated to discover his fussy new bosses don't know a thing about the business he's single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more cattle than they can count--but no mysterious painting--Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and salvage a bad situation getting worse.
Author Bio
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Sixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. Regina has worked at the Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children and can be found online at

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the lovely review, my friend. I have always enjoyed Regina Jennings and I've had this book on my wishlist so it makes me happy to know it's a delightful book.

    Enjoy the remainder of your week. Hugs!