Review: Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard

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Review: Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard
Mackenzie's Mountain

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: March 1, 2000
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Mackenzie Family #1
Published by Mira
Pages: 256


I love stories like this, where the big bad Wolf is laid low by love, especially when love in question is of the Plain Jane variety. Especially when that Plain Jane is actually quite feisty. ~ Under the Covers

Mary Elizabeth Potter is the new school teacher in the small town in Ruth, Wyoming and with her plain clothes and prim and proper personality she fits snugly into the role. But, she is passionate about her pupils and when she sees that Joe Mackenizie has dropped out of school despite having the best grades in his class, she decides to persuade him back. She didn’t expect to encounter Wolf Mackenzie, Joe’s dad, and the subject of vicious gossip in town. Nor did she expect to feel such wild passion for him…and she certainly never thought he would return it.

I love stories like this, where the big bad Wolf is laid low by love, especially when love in question is of the Plain Jane variety. Especially when that Plain Jane is actually quite feisty. I really like Mary, she didn’t let anyone boss her around and stood up for what she though was right and that included standing up for Wolf even though the whole town condemned him for nothing more than being Indian. And, although the book is quite out of date in some ways, it was originally written in 1989, discrimination and racism is very much alive and well.

But, this book isn’t a novel about racism, it is a romance, and it was a really enjoyable one. I liked Mary’s unexpected fire and back bone and Wolf was of the brooding and dark hero variety that never fails to make my heart go all aflutter. Together, they had fantastic chemistry and I loved watching the sparks fly as Wolf is baffled and enthralled by the tiny tornado that has shaken up his life.

There was also a mystery plot involving women being sexually assaulted and Wolf being framed. I guessed who was behind this almost from the very start so it isn’t that intriguing, but it is used to move the romance along as Wolf and Mary are forced in to close proximity with one another.

A great read and I can’t wait to get stuck in to the next book about Joe Mackenzie.

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About Linda Howard

Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America and in 2005 Howard was awarded their Career Achievement Award.

Linda Howard lives in Gadsden, Alabama with her husband, Gary F. Howington, and two golden retrievers. She has three grown stepchildren and three grandchildren.

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I love this series!!! Have reread it countless times!

Elizabeth P

i love this book!!!

Maria D.

I loved this book – have the rest of the series on my Kindle to read

Lori Meehan

I loved this series and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Marika Weber


You must every book in the series! If you liked Wolf…you will beat the peeps off when you claim Joe…. 🙂

This particular series from Linda Howard will forever be on my keeper shelf and I re-read them all the time. Its all about family and I love that aspect of the series. Yes, they are dated but still worth reading.



Thanks for the review Suz!

Diane Sallans

Linda Howard is one of those authors I will re-read – this series is a favorite.