Astrid needs a date for her sister's wedding and her great aunt bids on Thatcher for her. Thatcher, was surprised that the town's librarian who won his bid, isn't his date, but her voluptuous niece is. It's just a date for the weekend of the wedding but Thatcher sees how Astrid is treated by her family and comes through for her. Thatcher and Astrid are a great couple and you cheer both of them on as the situation is revealed. There's only one problem, Thatcher is leaving for Mexico soon and will be gone for at least 6 months, he has not obligations at home and Astrid will be alone again once the wedding's obligations are fulfilled. This was a wonderful story, sprinkled with some heartbreak, disappointments and tears, but Thatcher sees the truth and guides Astrid through and shows her what love and loyalty can be like for the first time in her life. I love these bachelor auction stories and hope they can continue.