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Mackenzie's Mountain [Mass Market Paperback]

Linda Howard
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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March 1 2000 Mackenzie
Mary Elizabeth Potter is a spinster with no illusions about love. But she is a good teacher and wants Wolf Mackenzie's son back in school. And after one heated confrontation, she knows father and son have changed her life forever. Still paying for a crime he didn't commit, Wolf Mackenzie has a chip on his shoulder. But Mary Elizabeth Potter doesn't see him as the dangerous half-breed the town has branded him. She sees him as a good, decent, honest man. A man she could love....

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Linda Howard is an award-winning author whose New York Times bestsellers include Open Season, All the Queen¹s Men, Mr. Perfect, Kill and Tell, and Son of the Morning. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.

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I had a ton of problems with this book and I'm finding it really difficult to review because as much as this story confused me, annoyed me and downright offended me, in the end as much as I wanted to I just didn't hate it. I did however breathe a sigh of relief when I finished.

Written in 1989 Mackenzie's Mountain is a contemporary romance however it reads and for the first 100 pages I thought it was a historical, taking place around 1890-1910. It takes place in small town Wyoming and has a Little House On the Prairie feel to it along with lots of prejudice and small minded gossip. The heroine is a schoolteacher who has just moved to teach in their 1 room school house. She is plain in appearance with her hair in a bun, horn rimmed glasses, a shapeless dress, sensible shoes and zero life experience having been raised by her old fashioned Aunt (presumably in a cave). Mary in fact has never even worn a pair of jeans and has definitely never been kissed. She is however clichéd with thoughts like this one;

"Only shameless hussies would wear a skirt without a proper petticoat underneath"

Yes she also speaks like she's from the 1900's and her character seemed stranger to me still when I realized it was meant to be 1989 (don't know many people that wore petticoats in 1989)

Anyways Mary is concerned that one of her better students has quit school and goes to his home to find out why where she meets Wolf Mackenzie and this is when I started to get offended and I`m using the authors words here Not Mine. Wolf is an Indian and an angry Indian because he spent time in jail for a crime he didn't commit and everyone in town hates and distrusts him.
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I do NOT like to knock a Howard because she is one of my FAVORITE authors, but this heroine was way over the top in the 'stupid department.' I realize this was written in the 1980's when the heroine was expected to be shy and reserved and virginial, yet strong and independent, but she came out as stupid (wince...I am so sorry Ms Howard) and very, very unbelievably ignorant of men and the world in general. She gave off this 'kill 'em all' attitude that just was nausiating to me.
A 29 year old spinster extrordinaire with a knack for letting the readers and the hero listen to her moronic and irritating dribble about her uptight and weird Aunt Ardith's rules of conduct got to be too much for me and I just lost any respect for her or why the hero Wolf would even like her.
A few of the secondary characters called her 'goody-goody' and I have to agree. She was a little too perfect and old fashioned for her age. Wolf deserved much better. The naivety was so bad that I was shaking my head and laughed outright when Wolf whispered a 'dirty' word in her ear about the sex act he'd like to perform on her and she had the gall to act confused and ask him what it meant and to show her. Whatever. Anyway, this is the 1980s, not the 1880s. Come on, get real.
This is the first in the Mackenzie series, which includes MacKenzie's Mission, MacKenzie's Pleasure, MacKenzie's Magic and A Game of Chance.
Mary Elizabeth Potter is a spinster in every way imaginable. The clothes and the 'sensible shoes' she wears. She has no idea if she will ever fall in love and doesn't look for it. Things change when she volunteers to go to the small town of Ruth, WY as a schoolteacher. She is a great teacher and puts her whole self into teaching children.
One child gets her attention, Wolf MacKenzie's son.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SIM#281 April 4 2004
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A small Wyoming town is about to learn a few lessons -- from a new schoolteacher with the courage to win the heart of a man who swore he had nothing to give...
Mary Elizabeth Potter is a self-appointed spinster with no illusions about love. But she IS a good teacher -- and she wants Wolf Mackenzie's son back in school. And after one heated confrontation with the boy's father, she knows father and son have changed her life forever.
Still paying for a crime he didn't commit, Wolf Mackenzie has a chip on his shoulder the size of Wyoming. But prim-and-proper Mary Elizabeth Potter doesn't see Wolf as the dangerous half-breed the town has branded him. Somehow she sees him as a good, decent, honest man. A man who could love...
Wolf's not sure he -- or the town of Ruth, Wyoming -- is ready for the taming of Wolf Mackenzie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best.... March 18 2004
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One of my personal favorites, although there is alot of them, happens to be Mackenzie's Mountain.
With a southern teacher and a half breed Indian, what more could you want.
Mary, newly moved into town, finds out that Wolf's son Joe dropped out of school. Doing the right thing she goes over and demands to know why.
With a town hostal against Wolf because of a charge he didn't do, the town has never excepted them. But when Mary moves is the lines begin to waver and some one out there doesn't appreciate it much.
With the town in an up roar with only one man to blame, thinks strt to get intersting.
From the start I liked this book. With a hero who has strong erges and a heroine more than willing to explore them, it was a go from the start.
Comapired to other books I have read that featured any type of indian, I like the way Linda Howard betraied her's best. I highly recommend this book, and hope that you enjoy it as I have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read...and I've read hundreds
Wolf MacKenzie. Mary Potter. Joe MacKenzie.
Wolf is part Native American and part Scot, and has grown up with the prejudices offered by all peoples. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published on Nov. 28 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read....
God, I Love Linda Howard. She's always writing about these big Alpha men...my faves....in fiction anyways :o)...Wolf is no exception. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2003 by M. I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling....
This was a good one.... very sweet (& hot!) romance, good story about a town that needed redemption. Just loved both the hero, Wolf, and his son, Joe.... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2003 by Jojo
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of Wolf and Mary....
MacKenzie's Mountain is a touching and sexy story of Mary and Wolf. Mary is an innocent Wyoming schoolteacher who meets Wolf MacKenzie while driving to his mountain home to try and... Read more
Published on July 10 2003 by phyncke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book was my first romance book to read. I got it from a friend and read it in one day I could not put it down. Read more
Published on May 2 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Man on the Mountain
I have read all of the Mackenzie books but I started with this on and it is my all time favorite. Wolf and Mary's story grabs you by the heartstrings and refuses to let go till the... Read more
Published on April 26 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the Mackenzie legacy....
Mary Elizabeth Potter has dedicated her life to teaching young people. That is why she is so dismayed to learn that the smartest boy in Ruth, Wyoming has dropped out of school. Read more
Published on April 16 2003 by iheartjackbauer
Wolf Mackenzie at 32 is definitely a man among men.
And what man isn't looking for a woman who believes in him? Read more
Published on March 26 2003 by M. Hartmann
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