Firelight, which was originally published in 1937, is another wonderful collection of stories by Burton L. Spiller, author of the bestsellers Grouse Feathers and More Grouse Feathers. A keen fisherman, Spiller’s third book comprises tales of fishing and other adventures in New England in the first part of the 20th century. “It’s a third book, and it shows that Mr. Spiller’s store of swell stories is inexhaustible. In quality it is unbeatable. Again he switches the keys of the emotions from gales to tears so easily and quickly that you are taken right out of yourself, lost in the open country of New England. It’s golf, it’s bear, it’s grouse, and it’s always good reading, writing and entertainment.”—Kirkus Review
An old cottage. A cold winter's night. And shadows on the wall reflecting two bodies in the heat of passion... except that one of them died over a century ago. At first, Connie thought the disembodied voice in the room was due to her exhaustion. But when the apparition insisted she was the reincarnation of his lost love, she had no choice but to allow herself to become swept up in the moment, the memories, and the romance.
London, 1881 Once the flames are ignited . . . Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman. They will burn for eternity . . . Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.
The past and present collide as five women work to save the summer camp of their youth in this heartwarming novel from Kaya McLaren, The Firelight Girls The summers you spend at summer camp are indelibly etched on your heart. But what happens when the camp you love is about to close? Can you ever really say goodbye to the place that made you who you are? These are the questions that plagues Ethel, the seventy-year-old former camp director who is nursing a broken heart after losing the love of her life as she now faces the impending closure of the camp on Lake Wenatchee that she called home. It's also a question that inspires change in forty-year-old Shannon, who spent the summers of her youth as a vibrant, capable camp counselor and is now directionless after watching her career implode. And there's Laura, who has lost all intimacy with her husband and doesn't know if she can save what seems to be gone forever. Finally, Ruby, who betrayed Ethel years ago and hasn't spoken to her since, hopes this will be her chance to make amends. When the four women learn that a homeless teen has been hiding at camp, they realize camp is something much more immediate for all: survival. And so the three generations of women search for a way to save the place that saved them all, finding in the process a way back to themselves and each other in The Firelight Girls, Kaya McLaren's novel of love and loss, heartbreak and healing.
"Adraa and Jatin are royal heirs of their respective kingdoms, masterful with magic, and their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery's most powerful territories-except, they don't get along. Now, with the criminal underbelly suddenly making a move for control, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat"--
It isn't much fun being ill, but Karlie lives in a famous old house full of secrets, so at least now she has time to solve a mystery. When Karlie discovers hidden treasures, she learns about another young girl - just the same age as she is now - who lived in the house more than one hundred years ago.
One of the nicest things about living thirty-odd, ox cart miles from the nearest town, and that 'town' only a few adobes and a cattle loading chute astride the railroad, is the quiet that allows me to hear the tales the firelight tells. And being located in North-Central Sonora, Mexico, the peculiar stillness and peace of the high desert adds to the lack of clamor and makes it possible to hear things otherwise inaudible if you will but listen. They are best heard when after a blue norther has burst out of Canada and plastered with snow the eastern slopes of the Rockies from Montana to New Mexico and then petered out over my valley into a soft, steady snow fall that insulates the cabin and the world like a blanket. Then it is that the crackling and popping of the pinion logs becomes a language so readily understandable that it can be jotted down. Footsteps of the Ancient Ones; Son of Sundance; John Ringo, Murder or Suicide?; a Loch Ness Monster of the Sand Hills, Maximilian II, Emperor of the Desert, Mary Todd Lincoln's trips through Rebel Lines, Sippenhaft and the Silent Seat mate, the JFK Assassination: What happened to the bullets? and others make up this presentation.
From a glimpse into early man and his later descendents who establish a branch of the human family on the continent of Asia, the novel moves along into the mid twentieth century, to the Second World War and the 1950s. Book two contains approximately two-thirds of the novel, chronicling the dramatic experiences of its three protagonists: Dimitri Kagan from a small town south of Stalingrad; Kurt Wilhelm Schmidt, born on a farm outside of Hanover; and Elijah Milbrook Cole, a black teenager of latent artistic talent, dealing with life in a Detroit ghetto. After becoming participants in the War, the story goes on to tell how their lives interact with profound consequences for all three of them. And it ends with a meeting in a Middle Eastern venue that again touches their lives in unforgettable ways. Complex subjects are explored, yet the novel can be read on different levels-as a straight adventure or as one possible historical perspective of humanityżs march from earliest times into the present day. But however the material might be viewed, the force of the narrative will keep readers engrossed until the final page.