Reviewed by Charity Lyman
There are those unfortunate times when you just cannot get into a book. And this was definitely one of those times. Normally, Regina Jennings is the type of author I adore–she writes great historical novels with quirky characters and fun plots to keep me interested. And believe me, I really enjoy a good historical. So it was very odd when it took me so long to finish At Love’s Bidding. After a few chapters, it seemed to pick up and I got more into the story so it definitely wasn’t a bomb, just not one of my favorites.
The plot itself sounded really funny–a young Boston lady who is refined and mannerly gallivanting off to the wilds of Missouri in search of a painting. Miranda Wimplegate (even the name sounds cultured, doesn’t it?) travels with her grandfather, thinking they are going to an auction house filled with priceless antiques. Instead, they end up at a livestock auction. Of course, the story wouldn’t be complete without a strapping wild man who happens to punch his brother in front of Miranda the first time they meet. Will the two of them find anything to agree on? Or will their different lifestyles be too much of a disagreement?
I have to say, two of my favorite characters in the whole book were Widow Sanders and Betsy. They were a hoot! The Beverly-hillbillies style of talking is hilarious and whenever I read a part with Widow Sanders, all I could picture was Granny! Even Betsy slightly reminded me of Elly May. Wyatt was okay but not a favorite of mine. I liked Miranda fine though her attitude with Wyatt irked me a bit. They just seemed a bit off with each other (with her liking Isaac-Lad and all). The book definitely got more interesting as it moved along but I just couldn’t get 100% invested in the story…
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.