Review – A Mackenzie Clan Christmas by Jennifer Ashley

About the Book:

Celebrate the holidays with New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzie clan in two heartwarming novellas.

Includes A Mackenzie Yuletide, a never before published Mackenzie Christmas novella!

When the Mackenzie family gathers in Scotland to celebrate the holidays, the love and joy of the Christmas spirit captures everyone’s hearts.

And a reader favorite…A Mackenzie Clan Gathering

The Mackenzie clan has gathered for Hart’s birthday at the sprawling family estate in Scotland. But before the festivities can start, the house is robbed, and thieves make off with an untold fortune in rare art.

Ian Mackenzie and his brothers must do what they can to retrieve the family treasure, but Ian is distracted by a family friend who claims he might have the power to “cure” Ian of his madness forever. All the Mackenzies must draw together as courage, love, and a tantalizing mystery serve to strengthen their bond, and redefine the meaning of family.

NOTE:  For those who have previously read A MACKENZIE CLAN GATHERING, the new novella, A MACKENZIE YULETIDE is available to be purchased on its own.

Click on any of the titles below for direct Amazon buy links:                          A Mackenzie Clan Christmas                                                                                             A Mackenzie Yuletide                                                                                                               The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

My Review:

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

A MACKENZIE YULETIDE

The entire extended Mackenzie family is gathering at Kilmorgan to celebrate the Christmas holiday together.  The four brothers – Hart, Cam, Mac, and Ian, are now well into their middle years, but are still passionately in love with their wives.  Their children are all growing up, and it won’t be long before they are finding their own loves.

This year, Ian has seen pictures of an antique necklace which he wants to purchase for his wife, Beth.  He’s frustrated because the necklace has been stolen, and even with all the resources at his disposal, he’s been unable to track it down.  Ian’s son Jamie, now fifteen, has learned of his father’s quest, and wants to find the necklace himself, then present it as a gift to his parents.  Jamie wants to prove to his father that he’s capable and intelligent.  The hunt for the necklace leads to some adventures for several members of the family.

For those unfamiliar with the Mackenzie family, Ian has Asperger’s Syndrome, which has caused many people to consider him mad.  In reality, he’s brilliant, focused, determined, and has a photographic memory.  Social interaction is another cup of tea, however, as Ian is uncomfortable around people he doesn’t know, and has trouble actually meeting anyone’s eyes.  Over the years Ian has come to be much more comfortable with his family, and in particular, gazes at his wife and children directly, and with a fierce love shining from his eyes.

A MACKENZIE YULETIDE is full of warmth and family love.  I’ve followed all of the Mackenzie stories, and I feel as if I know them, and this visit with my favorite characters felt like reconnecting with my own family.  I have always loved and had a soft spot for Ian, in particular, as he endured such trauma as a child, and I encourage everyone to read his story in THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE.  As the years have passed, the brothers’ marriages and love have just grown stronger.  It’s poignant to see the babies now becoming young adults.  This latest installment of the Mackenzie family saga is a lovely and heartwarming read which left me with a satisfying feeling of contentment for this fictional family that feels like part of my own.    ~Rose

 

A MACKENZIE CLAN GATHERING

This short story has been previously published, and takes place about six years before A MACKENZIE YULETIDE.  The extended family is gathering together, this time to celebrate Hart’s birthday.  There is a mystery involved, as well as an unscrupulous stranger, who insists he can cure Ian’s “madness.”  I originally reviewed this story for Fresh Fiction, and the review belongs to their site.  It can be viewed here:  FRESH FICTION REVIEW     ~Rose

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