BOOK REVIEW: 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 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.
MY REVIEW: I found this to be an entertaining, humorous book. Regina Jennings did a wonderful job with her characters and the storyline. There are several dimensions and the story keeps moving well with plenty of mystery--and surprises.
Miranda accompanies her grandfather to Missouri to seek out a painting they accidentally sold. But Miranda's job gets complicated with her grandfather's sudden mental decline--he is fascinated by the oddest things and buys huge quantities of them to sell back home, things that would never sell in Boston.
And then there was the actual auctionhouse--what a funny scene to see Grandfather trying to sell cattle in Missouri as he would antiques in Boston, with Wyatt watching frustratedly and the buyers getting annoyed.
Then of course, the painting is introduced, but in a very surprising way--let's just say there is quite the twist in this book. And an interesting ending.
As with books like this, there were sparks between Miranda and Wyatt, but I appreciated that there was more to the story than that.