SUMMARY: She sells priceless antiques. He sells livestock by the pound. Is he really the man to made a bid for her heart?
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 appeases the people who could ruin them forever, they track it to the Missouri Ozarks and make an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house and all its holdings before the painting can move again.
Upon crossing the country, however, Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn't deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt Ballentine, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don't know a thing about the business he's single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count - but no mysterious painting - Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.
REVIEW: This book has it's ups and downs. I love how Miranda stays by her grandfather's side, looks after him and defends him when his memory takes a turn for the worse and he starts to alienate the people in Pine Gap. Her concern and care for him is always in the forefront. Even though Wyatt is not happy that the new auction house owners haven't the first clue on how to conduct livestock auctions, he tries to help them the best he can. He does a good job trying to balance their big-city ideas with the reality of small town living. I like how Wyatt doesn't give up easily. His determination to work hard without taking advantage of people plays out in his favor at the end of the book.
Sometimes it was hard to figure out who the "bad" guy was. There were four different people looking for this portrait. At times, it was difficult to follow who was trying to help the LeBlanc family (the owners of the portrait) and who was trying to steal it away to hurt the Auction House. Throw in the possibility of a missing heir and it took some effort to keep things straight.
The ending was delightful. I loved how things worked out for Wyatt, Miranda, and the auction houses. All in all, it was a pleasant read.
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Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English. She is the author of Sixty Acres and a Bride, Love in the Balance, Caught in the Middle, A Most Inconvenient Marriage, and she contributed a novella to A Match Made in Texas. She and her family make their home in Oklahoma City. Regina can be found online at www.reginajennings.com.