The Mackenzie family has been the subject of a series of
books by Jennifer Ashley. Ian, the youngest brother,
has become a most beloved character to many readers. As
a young child, Ian was committed to a mental institution
by his cruel father for witnessing a brutal crime. While
Ian probably has what is now called Asperger's Syndrome,
people in that time period thought him mad. He has
superior intellect and logic, but fails miserably at
social situations and some physical contact. Until he
met Beth, his wife, he was even unable to look anyone
directly in the eye. As this story starts, Ian and Beth
have been married ten years and have three children.
They are currently residing at Kilmorgan, which is Ian's
oldest brother's estate, in anticipation of the family
gathering to celebrate Hart's birthday.
Ian is awakened one night, knowing that something is
wrong in the household, and goes to investigate. He
interrupts a gang of thieves making off with priceless
paintings and other artwork. While Ian puts up a valiant
fight, he's no match for several men, and they escape.
This is the beginning of a series of events, which seem
to be targeting Hart and the family business. As the
other members of the family start to arrive, there is
another guest, Beth's brother-in-law, John Ackerley.
John can't wait for the chance to talk to Ian alone as
he believes he has a cure for Ian's "madness."
It broke my heart to hear Ian accept John's offer, as Ian
only wanted to do this for Beth. He knows that his
actions aren't considered normal, and that Beth would be
able to enjoy more social activities if they attended
more functions, and he weren't an embarrassment to her
and the family. I immediately took a disliking to John
Ackerley, and questioned his motives. As John attempts
to meddle in Ian's mind, more and worse things happen,
including a kidnapping.
A MACKENZIE CLAN GATHERING is filled with mystery,
intrigue, romance, family love, and loyalty. The focus,
though, is Ian and how this awful treatment will affect
him and Beth. I love seeing him and Beth deeper in love
and as passionate as ever, even after ten years. Beth's
love has let Ian make great strides on his own,
especially with his children and family members. I
confess that I love Ian just as he is, and don't want him
to change. Author Jennifer Ashley neatly resolves all
the issues to bring this well written and warm story to a
very satisfying conclusion. This is a wonderful read
that I highly recommend, but even if you don't read the
whole series, I believe that reading THE MADNESS
OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE first is a must. And no doubt
reading that will cause you to fall in love with Ian,
along with the rest of us.
The author of The Stolen Mackenzie Bride returns to the
tumultuous and passionate world of the Mackenzie clan as a
family celebration is shaken by an unexpected danger...
The Mackenzie clan has gathered for Hartâ€™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 â€ścureâ€ť
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.