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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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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. He has never had anything easy in his life. He was convicted and served time for a crime he didn't commit. He lost his son, Joe, for the time he was in prison. Wolf managed to buy a ranch, and is sought out for his abilities with horses.
Mary grew up in a strictly moral, old-fashioned household, having been reaised by a spinster aunt. She considered herself non-discript, mousey, uninteresting, and plain. She's a school teacher. She comes to Wyoming from the deep South, and is unprepared for the weather, the culture, and people of her new home.
Joe has a deep desire to be a pilot in the USAF, but doesn't even consider this a possibility...until Mary comes to town.
This is one of the most intense love stories I have ever read. I was fulfilled on all levels. The characters are three dimensional, full of life, and are like old friends. I have lost count of how many times I have read this story.
This is not one of the new breed of romance/suspense novels. Although there is some suspense and a bad guy in this work, the main focus is on the building of a family, with Wolf, Mary, and Joe.
Read it. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of Wolf and Mary.... July 10 2003
By phyncke
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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 convince his son Joe to return to school after dropping out. Her car breaks down and she is rescued by the enigmatic Wolf as she struggles up the mountain.
Their attraction is instantaneous as he warms he in his house and he is struck by her innocence and vitality. But he insists that nothing can happen. He is an ex-con, accused of rape and cleared but not approved of by the town. People will talk if they were to be together. He is also a half breed Indian which makes the townspeople very uncmfortable. But Mary is like a moth to a flame. She cannot stay away. She tutors his son Joe to get him into the Airforce Academy. People start to talk and their disapproval grows. A rapist attacks Mary and Wolf is determined to catch the man responsible even though at first he is accused of the crime.
While they try to stay away from each other....they cannot and their attraction grows. Eventually she becomes "his" woman and they fall in love.
It is a beautiful story and the beginning of the amazing MacKenzie series by Linda Howard. It is characterized by strong, alpha males....innocent but strong and spunky women. it is a great series and one that you can really settle into.
I highly recommend this to anyone. Other books in the series include: MacKenzie's Mission, The MacKenzie Family, and A Game of Chance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SIM#281
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... Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by K. J. Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best....
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... Read more
Published on March 17 2004
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. 3 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 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 1 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 25 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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