First thoughts: While filled with humor and crazy situations, At Love’s Bidding also has plenty of heart. The characters were fun, but they also had depth and interesting back stories. I really enjoyed sharing the adventures with them. There were enough unknown factors and plot twists to keep me guessing how the story would end. It was not at all as I predicted.
Plot: Miranda Wimplegate’s family runs a prestigious auction house in Boston. When her grandfather auctions off a client’s family portrait, they must retrieve it before the family business is ruined. After tracking the portrait to an auction house in the Ozarks, Miranda’s grandfather purchases the entire business and shuts it down until he and Miranda can travel to Missouri. When they arrive, they’re surprised to learn what sort of auction house they’ve purchased. Auctioneer Wyatt Ballentine has taking care of the livestock and is quickly fed up with the changes the pair want to make. The fact that Miranda and Wyatt are attracted to each other is complicated when it becomes apparent there’s more to the story of the missing painting than anyone realized.
Characters: Miranda is very likeable and down-to-earth. She shows her character when dealing with the orphaned and homeless children in the city. She may be out of her element when she travels out west, but she’s willing to try fitting in. As for Wyatt, how can you not fall for a guy who buys a rhubarb pie he doesn’t even like every week just to keep from hurting a widowed woman’s feelings? There’s also plenty of supporting characters with unusual quirks that keep things very interesting for Miranda and Wyatt.
Recommendation: I’d highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical westerns and humor. While it’s the second book in the series, it can completely stand alone.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.