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Thursday, September 5, 2013

That's What He Said Thursday 4

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The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family--rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn't be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them--of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz. The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He's also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women. 

Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama--an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband. 

And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her. 

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That's what he said. 

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Ian is a very unique hero. He was born in a time when a person with a mental disorder or social issue was put in an asylum. No one understood what was "wrong" with them so they removed them from the population. For some, this was probably not a bad idea. Without the medications and therapy we have today, some illnesses would indeed make a person dangerous. In the case of Ian, he would have been okay with a few understanding people to help guide him. I do not remember the book specifically pointing out what was up with Ian. The characters would not have known so the reader wouldn't know. Can Ian live a normal life? Is it possible for him to fall in love or will he always be alone? 

Well this is romance so duh, he finds a super understanding woman who thinks he is swell. Beth doesn't meet the standards set forth by society for women of her era. She is used to being different. Ian is a kindred spirit to Beth. Together they might be the most adorable couple you ever root for. 
“We don't fit in, you and me," he said. "We're both oddities no one knows what to do with. But we fit together." He took her hand, pressed her palm to his, then laced their fingers through each other's. "We fit.” - Ian 

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