MacKenzie's Mountain Review

Mackenzie's Mountain - Linda Howard

A small Wyoming town is about to learn a few lessons — from a new schoolteacher with the courage to win the heart of a man who swore he had nothing to give....


Mary Elizabeth Potter is a self-appointed spinster with no illusions about love. But she is a good teacher — and she wants Wolf Mackenzie’s son back in school. And after one heated confrontation with the boy’s father, she knows father and son have changed her life forever.


Still paying for a crime he didn’t commit, Wolf Mackenzie has a chip on his shoulder the size of Wyoming. But prim-and-proper Mary Elizabeth Potter doesn’t see Wolf as the dangerous half-breed the town has branded him. Somehow she sees him as a good, decent, honest man. A man who could love...


Wolf’s not sure he — or the town of Ruth, Wyoming — is ready for the taming of Wolf Mackenzie.



The hero and heroine of this love story are walking tropes. Mary is a plain, petite, bookworm, spinster teacher. She has just moved to a small town in Wyoming that is very much trapped narrow thinking. Wolf is a half Native American veteran single father cowboy who was falsely accused of a crime and who is Alpha to the bone.


However, despite the typecasting of the characters, this romance is classic with its burn between the heroine and hero which is second to none. The wonderful story that unrolls for the teenage son is a great one as well.


There is a moment when Wolf helps Mary deal with a tragic event that shows the kind empathy that makes love bloom.


Perhaps, this book is dated in some ways but I think it stands up to the test of time and the rest of the series that follows is delightful because we get to see Mary and Wolf through the years.


Wish it would come out in E Book form!