I read the entire book last night; couldn't put it down. All the stories are compelling and thought provoking. My favorites were 1. A young boy has a new family member who ruins his relationship with his sheepdog, soon after loosing his mother 2. A spinster teacher takes her 3 month summer vacations in the Hebrides imagining herself in love and 3. A young lady with lovely manners finds help for her broken down car in the most unexpected place. I was captivated by the wonderful characters, human and animal, as portrayed in the Scottish style Ms.Beckwith is so adept with. It's too bad her books are so difficult to find.