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 resident at Kilmorgan at the moment, Ian decides 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?
Return to Kilmorgan Castle to visit the Victorian branch of the Mackenzie family, and catch up on the brothers and friends, their children, and their lives.
I admit to having a soft spot for Ian MacKenzie, and it irritates me like no other that he's referred to as mad. Yes I know there was the asylum stay and I get that his asperger's syndrome would make him seem mad given the time period. however, his love for his family, his high intelligence and even the idiosyncrasies that come with his condition make him interesting and lovable.
I adore how Beth and his children love him, understand him and accept him. it's truly lovely. The best part was that this novella was focused on Ian with a little hart thrown in. I wasn't sure how I felt about Ackerley and I'm still unsure. He was a well-meaning chatterbox that I was iffy on until the end.
Even with the mystery and action, the core of the story focused on Ian and his love of family and I found/find that really beautiful; what really worked for me was Ian's growth, and how Beth's love and his children grounded him. (Yes, I know O'm repeating myself, but it is worth it.) It was interesting to see how his children's growth, their understanding of their father, and the fact that Jamie is growing into a true MacKenzie.
I could go on, but I won't cause I'm afraid I'll let something slip. to end, this is a well written novella where the story is well developed. I don't often give 5 stars, but this deserved it.
If you haven't read the MacKenzie series, I highly recommend it for historical romance fans.
A little about Dri-G: She truly reads it ALL. Fiction, non-fiction (she went on a biography binge not too long ago) and practically everything in between, so it’s no surprise that Kahea’s TBR pile is ever increasing instead of decreasing. Their friendship began in high school and has only strengthened over the years thanks to their mutual love of good food, Irish whiskey and the New Zealand All Blacks.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.
Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than 83 novels and novellas have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.
Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses