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My Dearest Mackenzie by Rachel Blaufeld ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

A BRAND NEW Enemies-to-Lovers, After 40, Second Chance at Love Story.

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book cover of romance novel My Dearest Mackenzie by Rachel Blaufeld
May 2024; Indie; 979-8987051658
ebook, print (217 pages); romance

My Dearest McKenzie
is a slow-burn romance between two jaded people - over 40 McKenzie and late 30ish Frankie.  They certainly aren't looking for love but they slowly begin to have feelings for each other that are impossible to deny.

McKenzie is an over 40, very wealthy confirmed bachelor who is the CEO of a large make-up company.  He was raised by his grandmother, Milly,  when his mother abandoned him and he continues to have feelings of not being wanted or accepted.  He covers over his feelings by believing that the measurement of a good man is his wealth.  Frankie is a 38-year-old woman who went through a bitter divorce so she certainly isn't looking for love.  Her beloved grandfather has just died and she found letters between him and Rosie who it turns out is Milly.  She wants to talk to McKenzie so she barges her way into his office to find out if he knows about the forbidden love between her grandfather and his grandmother.  Despite the fact that McKenzie and Milly had been very close, she never mentioned falling in love before she met his grandfather.  He isn't interested in the letters and doesn't realize how much this search means to Frankie.  He finally agrees to work with her to find out why their grandparent's romance was forbidden and the more time they spend together, the more they begin to appreciate and love each other.

The premise to this story was good -- a forbidden romance during an earlier time and hidden letters that tell the secrets of the romance.  Plus a modern couple who have no intention of finding love and who are brought together by the letters.   The characters were just ok for me.  I liked Frankie - she is feisty and pushy and wants to find out more about her beloved grandfather.  It was more difficult to like McKenzie because he was such a closed-off person with a big ego.  I liked him much better at the end of the book than at the beginning.  

If you want a light romance to take up an afternoon of reading, give this one a try.  It would be a great Hallmark movie!

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.

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