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- Print Length: 564 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Verbena Books; 1 edition (January 7, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 7, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078WCTZ7F
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Mrs MacKinnons Kindle Edition
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The hero of this story, Matthew, suffers from PTSD after imprisonment and torture in India. He lacks confidence and the will to live, but slowly becomes stronger over the course of the story. Charlotte, the heroine, has spent her life thwarting her father's intentions to sell her into marriage with lecherous old men. Davie, her 10-year-old son, never came into focus. He was just a generic child. Carla Kelly did far better creating realistic children.
Davis wins points, however, for letting Matthew get rid of evil-doers by banishing them from England, one way or another.
I was left pondering two points: (SPOILER): Part of the plot involves 10 mantraps, and 8 are found. I kept waiting for the other 2 to appear, but they didn't, as far as I can tell. I was reminded of the dictum that if an author focuses on a gun over the mantle, it has to play a part in the story. In this case, some of the vital mantraps just became irritating loose ends.
Also, the many workmen needed to repair the estate appeared promptly in rapid succession, worked well and finished the whole place in a matter of weeks. Where did they find those guys? I kept thinking of minor deck repairs and painting we hired a company to handle beginning in April and finally, after much nagging, completed in July. I guess the renovations described in the book only occur in fiction.
Jayne Davis’s strong sense of character, both main and secondary, and her deep familiarity with the ways of England in the days of Napoleon (or rather, those of Tippoo Sahib, in whose dungeon Matthew has suffered) are evident throughout. “The Mrs MacKinnons” is a satisfying romance with a much wider perspective than your average period piece: a leisurely historical love story for grown-ups with eyes wide open.
When he and his batman stop to get provisions ahead of arriving at his newly inherited property, the new earl alights from his carriage, only to land in mud and come up vomiting at the feet of a severe black-clad woman in mud-caked boots.
This is the inauspicious beginning of the tale of the new earl and his widow-neighbor’s collaboration as they rebuild his hovel of an estate, and restore his shattered self-confidence, along with a great cast of supporting characters.
Well-done! You will love the H/h; I especially appreciate the absence of intimate scenes, and the gentle, authentic relationship between Matthew (the H) and Davy (the widowed h’s son).
The story was slow to get started; the two main characters don’t meet until the 30% mark and there is no hint of romance until the 70% mark. However I did enjoy their story, the supporting characters (the second Mrs.) and glad I stuck with it.
When the new owner of the land tries to settle in, he can't find anyone who wants to work for him since someone has been using his name and running up debts that have gone unpaid. The only person that solve his problem is the Mrs MacKinnon that he is certain must be an old witchy lady with warts.
This historical romance is full of humor and twists that will keep you turning pages to find out the conclusion. I would love to see more from this author.
Top international reviews
Some new people arrive in the village, the hero, an ex-East India Company Major, now a lord, who has been traumatised by brutality and incarceration, a tatty asthmatic batman and a couple of veterans including a one-handed ship's carpenter.
The major, battling his own demons finds his inheritance in a filthy and neglected state enlists his impoverished tenants to put the place to rights. The description of the cleaning and organisation required is very engaging.
Both the the hero and heroine are suffering because of the greed of their relatives who have plotted against them .Hard work and the support of their friends and the village help them restore the community and themselves. Nobody is really smart or fashionable and they are all fighting for their survival with dignity and humour,
I loved the well written main characters of Major Lord Matthew Tillson, and one of the Mrs MacKinnons, Charlotte.
The story was really engrossing, not in any suspenseful way, more in a compelling way, where you just got so engrossed in their lives, you had to keep reading to see what they decide to do in some of their particular situations.
I have now read all the Jayne Davis novels and I can’t wait for more........soon! If it’s as engrossing as The Mrs K’s, I shall be first in line to buy it. I highly recommend this book. Thank you Ms Davis.