Ian Mackenzie is awakened at Kilmorgan Castle one night to find robbers stealing the priceless art collection of his oldest brother, Hart. Since Ian and Beth are the only ones in residence at Kilmorgan at the moment, Ian decides that he must find the art and the culprits before the family shows up for Hart's birthday gathering. With Inspector Fellows and Beth, he investigates, though Ian is somewhat worried by Beth's late husband's brother, a retired missionary, who decides to visit. Does John Ackerley hold the "cure" to Ian's madness? And can Ian discover what has happened to Hart's treasures and who is targeting the Mackenzies before the enemy strikes again?
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II love the way Jennifer Ashley intertwines a solid mystery and passionate romance into plush settings. The MacKenzie men are bold, lusty, eccentric, and devoted to their family. (Did I mention lusty?) This story continues the saga of Lord Ian, the youngest brother who suffered greatly as a child at the hands of a cruel father. His inappropriate behavior in social settings would probably be diagnosed as autism today, but in 19th century Europe was viewed as "crazy". I love how his older brothers cared for and protected him, eventually saving his life as a lad. In "A MacKenzie Family Gathering", we get to know more about the evolution of the reclusive Ian, his devoted wife, Beth, and their three "wee ones". Most importantly, we watch Ian discover that his quirky and awkward behavior is nothing about which to be ashamed. In the final analysis, his brilliant oddities and fearless bravery unravel a lethal mystery and save the life of someone very dear.
Angela Dawe is an amazing narrator. She manages to distinguish each voice of the men, women, and children in this growing clan in a way that you know exactly who is speaking and what they are feeling.
I rated this 4 stars overall because it's Ian and Beth!!! I'm not a fan of novellas but I love this family and, of course, I'll read every book about them.
However, this story just seemed off. I'm not sure what it was exactly but it didn't grab me like previous books have. It probably should be a 3-star book if not for the characters. I was a bit disappointed.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
I expected the clan all together for this book. Instead it's mostly Ian. I think the main reason I didn't love this novella as much as some of the other books is because I was expecting everyone!
The story is interesting. It teases you into the next book.
If you like Ian and Beth best...you will LOVE this book.
Geting to hear more about my favorite charaters Ian and Beth
I've listened to the quite a few of the other Highland Pleasures books and enjoyed them all. She does an amazing job with all the accents and keeping them so I can tell the characters apart
Love at it's best
I'm so glad I found this series as I fell in love with it from the first listen. I did actually find this series through an audio book I won
Would recommond this for sure but I would tell you to go back and read/listen to Beth and Ian's first book
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