Short stories inspired by the ancient Celtic god of love and youth, from the New York Times–bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Angus is one of the earliest Celtic deities and one of the most cherished to this day. Like an even more handsome combination of Apollo and Eros, he is the god of love, youth, and beauty. Just the sight of him has made people fall in love, and he has the power to reveal a person’s true love in a dream, if asked politely. Alexander McCall Smith has turned his storytelling talents to crafting a collection of short fiction from this Irish mythology. Five contemporary fables of love lost and found unfold alongside Angus’s search for the beautiful Caér, the swan maiden he met in his dreams. McCall Smith mesmerizingly unites reality and dreams, today and the ancient past, leaving the reader to wonder: what is life but the pursuit of dreams? “Smith fluidly weaves in contemporary vignettes of the dream god’s benevolent influence, touching the lives of honeymooners on a windswept northern island; of a teenage boy sent away to boarding school in Scotland who tricks his mother into revealing who his true father is; and of a Toronto woman bereft at the discovery that her husband is having an affair. Angus, who presides over love and youth is also, it turns out, kindly to pigs. He is nicely reimagined in this spare, polished work.” —Publishers Weekly “This slim, elegant volume is further evidence of [Smith’s] consummate ability to blend wit, wisdom, and heart.” —Booklist (starred review)
Angus was born in Falmouth, a village on Cape Cod. His father is a commercial fisherman and his mother runs their small fish store. His grandfather was the famous Captain Appleby, who sailed a large three-masted cargo schooner which was lost in a storm off Cape Hatteras. Angus is expected to follow his father’s footsteps and become a fisherman--however, Angus has his grandfather’s love for sailing and, against his father’s wishes, he secretly takes sailing lessons. He has a dream to someday sail around the world. One day on the city dock, he meets an old sea captain who owns a small sailboat that is sinking at the dock. Angus befriends the old man, Captain Duncan, and tells him of his dream to sail the seven seas. Captain Duncan tells him he once had the same dream – that he built the little sailboat fifty years ago, named it Echo and sailed the world. He gives Angus the little sailboat and encourages him to follow his dream. Go along with Angus on his journey, as he finds new friends, gains experience, encounters terrifying storms and eventually fulfills his dream.
Saba’s passion kept her allies alive. Now it may destroy them all in the gut-wrenching third book in the highly praised Dust Lands trilogy, which MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog called “better than The Hunger Games.” Saba is ready to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo...until she meets him and he confounds all her expectations with his seductive vision of a healed earth, a New Eden. DeMalo wants Saba to join him, in life and work, to create and build a healthy, stable, sustainable world…for the chosen few. The young and healthy. Under his control. Jack’s choice is clear: to fight DeMalo and try to stop New Eden. Presumed dead, he’s gone undercover, feeding Saba crucial information in secret meetings. Saba commits herself to the fight—and hides her connection with DeMalo. Joined by her brother, Lugh, and her sister, Emmi, Saba leads a small guerilla band against the settlers and the Tonton militia. But the odds are overwhelming. Saba knows how to fight—she’s not called the Angel of Death for nothing. But what if the fight cannot be won? Then DeMalo offers her a seductive chance she may not be able to refuse. How much will she sacrifice to save the people she loves? Betrayal lurks in unexpected places in the breathtaking conclusion to the Dust Lands Trilogy.
It's their second chance at love, but may be their only chance for survival in the conclusion of Beverly Long's The Men from Crow Hollow miniseries Elle Vollman hadn't expected to live when the plane went down. She never thought she'd see her daughter again or give testimony against one of the world's worst human traffickers. But she learned never to say never because she never thought she'd see her ex-fiancé, Dr. Brody Donovan, again either. Now here he was, amongst the survivors, applying medical care to those in need. Lost in the Amazon and being hunted by more than just wildlife, it will take their combined strength to find help and rescue the others. The fierce jungle has doomed many, and trusting one another is the only way either of them will find their way back…maybe even to each other….
From Queen Victoria to the Millennium, this saga tells of the generations of a family which helped to build and then watch the fall of an imperial power which, at one time, controlled a quarter of the planet. (The author himself comes from a family which served the Empire over five generations.)