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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat finish for a wonderful series
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2018
Brilliant, analytical Dr. Rebecca Knight meets warm and loving farmer Shane MacKade. Absolutely perfect for each other, if only they both admitted it. Thoroughly entertaining to see this relationship develop as well as learn all the connections the MacKade family members have to the Civil War ghosts of the past. As always with Ms Roberts, setting, characters, plot, action, dialogue and emotions flow seamlessly to provide the reader with a fully satisfying experience.
5.0 out of 5 starsA 4-book series that puts every other book to absolute shame.
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2017
I am not sure why i read the first book in this series. I had no idea what it was about. And I had no idea the last book was the beginning of it all. Of two young boys, one a Confederate and one a Union, who fought as they thought they should...close to the death. Where they went to die, keeping their spirits alive to find peace, are what the books about. Entering the lives of the four McCade brothers and their parent's land, where those who are the most sensitive are drawn to these historical events: hearing the voices, the weaping, the sound of the Civil War, and seeing the spirits come alive. This will not leave your mind. Ever.
By finishing this wonderful story, the series is over. I spent the week rereading one of my favorite series by a favorite author and miss it already. Shane is special character who needs a perfect counter point. Rebecca is quite a contrast to him. I'll let readers decide if they work.
It has been years since I first read this series but it has stayed with me. Nora Roberts is talented in many aspects of creating novels but her dialog soars. Both the mud fight and the brothers in the sheriff's office are unbelievably funny. I reread both of them three times.
A long time ago, I read a review that noted that Roberts' geographic settings act as another character. That is so true in this series which could not have been set anywhere else. Antietem came alive, fascinating, and very impactful to add a fabulous dimension to a basic love story. Robert's basic love stories; not the "others". This is Roberts in her prime. I highly recommend the series -don't read them out of order because the characters all grow and flesh out as it progresses.
Rebecca and Shane are a highly unlikely couple and are both incredibly stubborn individuals. She’s a gifted only child from well-off parents who raised her from a distance. Sent to fancy boarding schools since the age of six, she achieved scholastic excellence wherever she studied and multiple doctorates also at a young age. Shane is a farm bred country boy raised in a loving family of four brothers. The other three (Shane is the youngest) are married with children and all live on the farm. Shane himself loves the land itself, the crops in the fields, the cows, the chickens and tends to it all lovingly. His brothers all pitch in when they have time, despite their own separate established careers. Rebecca herself comes to visit Regan, one of the brother’s wives, who is her best friend. Once there, Rebecca reveals that she has broken away from her lecture circuit to study paranormal events at the farm! She’s even brought a full mass of electronic equipment to document her experiences and research! The land and farmhouse hold a lot of history that is romantic and enchanting. I fully enjoyed the read!
5.0 out of 5 starsMy fave of the MacKade brothers books!
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2018
I LOVE Shane & Rebecca! I’ve read this book too many times to count. Rarely is a FARMER in the hero role and Nora nailed it. Not to mention, Rebecca is an awesome-yet traditionally uncharacteristic of your everyday romance heroines. Which makes her perfect! Her brain, her body-all that is Dr. Knight is so far from the norm when it comes to female leads that she should be celebrated. Thank you, Nora for these books! And, PLEASE think of writing some more as beautifully simple as these reads. Of course there are dramatics in the relationships and the “ghostbusting” aspects but they aren’t overboard...that’s rare in many reads nowadays.
5.0 out of 5 starsLast novel in another fine series by Nora Roberts
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2013
The Fall of Shane MacKade is part of a wonderful collection of stories, all linked by four brothers who share common characteristics and yet are quite different from each other. Each is, fundamentally a good, dependable, and inherently lovable and loving man. Yet each is also his own man, with a central strong core of compassion, pride, dependability, heritage, courage, yes, and machismo. Also linking the men is their family history of the Civil War battle fields and forests of 1862 Antietam and a great mansion, imbued with an ancient tragedy and ghosts! Four handsome, nurturing bachelors, each with an inherent streak of male testosterone-laden sexism (which all absolutely deny) meet four women, all of whom carry the scars, experiences, and lessons of their own pasts, and all of whom are determined to create a future for themselves as strong, independent, and fulfilled women, willing to share burdens and lives, but unwilling to be dominated in the process. There is, thus, a similarity among the MacKade novels, yet it is the genius of Nora Roberts which, I believe creates the subtle nuances which allow one to differentiate among the stories and their character while simultaneously connecting the dots that make this series a cohesive unit. You really need to read all four of them, and do please make sure that you read them in the order in which they were written. The cross-references and flashbacks will enhance your pleasure (instead of just confusing you) if you read them in this order: The Return of Rafe MacKade,The Pride of Jared MacKade,The Heart of Devin MacKade,The Fall of Shane MacKade.
Shane the youngest MacKade brother fell. The title fits this character totally; I liked Rebecca her characters history was sad but she made it ! I thought the relationship development was a bit quick, but heck! It's a novel with interesting background with a mixture of some history. My husband was very familiar with the county in Massachusetts, he also remembered stories his mother talked about in the area of the Civil war. But in the regards to artifacts she had found. Thank you for another entertaining read😊.
3.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable but not the best of the series, that one was definitely Devine McKade's story.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2017
I found this story very rambly and at times dull, especially with all the paranormal chat, that just wasn't that exciting. Also, there was too much analysing and thinking out loud by the heroine and not enough interesting dialogue between characters. I did like the two main characters and their interaction but even this was rather limited. The story barely left the characters homes and there just wasn't enough of the heart warming dialogue between the other McKade's and their children compared to the previous instalment. That story was much more active with a very entertaining and action packed plot making the book hard to put down. I bought this book hoping there would be a little more detail about the developing relationship between Devine and his stepchildren as well as Shane's adventures in love, but sadly it didn't quite satisfy. Nora Roberts isn't cheap on kindle and unfortunately I didn't think that this book is worth the price of it.
The MacCade series has always been one of my favourites. The four brothers such perfect characters, so close, so loyal to each other and always so ready to rumble. The women who come into their lives have to be extra special in order to catch and keep the brothers interest. None more so than Dr Rebecca Knight who comes to town to study the ghosts and the haunted houses. Shane the last of the MacCade brothers still single gets roped in to assist Rebecca in her research and its not long before this consummate ladies man finds himself at a loss and falling head over heels.