Ms. Jennings novels always have a down to earth feel to them. You easily get involved with her characters and root for them. In "At Love's Bidding", we begin with a mystery as we meet Miranda Wimplegate and her family who run an auction house in Boston for high end antiques. They accidentally auction off a painting and Miranda and her grandfather find themselves heading for the wilds of Missouri to another auction house they've purchased in order to get the painting back. It turns out the new auction house is a stock auction barn run by Wyatt Ballentine.
When the painting shows up, it is a mysterious item that arrives off the same train that the Wimplegates arrived on and it is addressed to Wyatt. It comes with a letter addressing his heritage--that of the LeBlanc's of Boston.
Miranda's grandfather begins to act erratically, his memory failing him, and insulting Wyatt at every turn as Wyatt tries to help with his new purchase. In the meantime, despite a bad first impression by Miranda and wrong assumptions by Wyatt, they begin to find themselves strongly attracted to each other.
Surprises at every turn, a mystery to the end, "At Love's Bidding" should definitely be on your reading list.