A sexy gothic romance based on Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee"
Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.
With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied, but the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.
Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, with references to many of his other poems including The Raven, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.
Perfect for fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen series, Kendra Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood, and Kelly Creagh's Nevermore.
Praise for ASHES ON THE WAVES
“Achingly beautiful and darkly sensuous ... an extraordinary read that left me breathless at every turn!” --Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight
“Mary Lindsey, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, has created a haunting, mystical world. I loved this tragic, romantic story.” --Cate Tiernan, author of Sweep and Immortal Beloved
In Lindsey's atmospheric love story, which draws from Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Annabel Lee," Liam MacGregor has lived his entire life on D chas, an isolated island surrounded by otherworldly sea beings. The islanders, whose society is governed by Celtic superstition, shun Liam because of his paralyzed arm and rumors that he is cursed. Liam has always loved his childhood companion Anna, whose prominent family owns a mansion on D chas. Anna, now a beautiful New York socialite, returns to D chas following an embarrassing public spectacle. Liam is astounded when Anna who has much more depth of character than the tabloids suggest reciprocates his boundless affection. Yet when the island's strange creatures are threatened by Liam and Anna's love, they set a trap to destroy it. Lindsey (Shattered Souls) skillfully crafts tension and ambiance as she unravels details of Liam's past and of D chas itself. However, Liam's antiquated way of speaking is more stilted than evocative, and when the many mysteries are unfurled, the result is an incongruous tapestry of mythological lore and other paranormal elements. Ages 12 up.