Elspeth is the last of the Elliots of Everanlea.
She shares her uncle and grandmother’s love of their Scottish heritage but when her uncle Andrew dies suddenly, Elspeth is overwhelmed by the prospect that Everanlea, the family estate, belongs solely to her.
In spite of her boyfriend Hamish’s plea to move to France, Elspeth decides to return to Scotland and is determined to preserve Everanlea.
She is even more dismayed when her estranged father advises her to sell out to her neighbour, the headstrong and arrogant Robin Armstrong.
Feuds between the Elliots and the Armstrongs of Arnhill are legendary, and Elspeth has never quite forgiven Robin for his conduct towards her at a dance when she was only sixteen.
Nor has she forgotten his dark, curling hair and bright eyes…
Meanwhile, in Elspeth’s absence, Grandma Elliot has engaged a manager to help.
He is charming, handsome, an eligible a bachelor – and his name is Howard Elliot, but he is unfamiliar with the ways of Border shepherds.
Gran Elliot seems completely convinced by his charming manner and winning smile, but Elspeth is increasingly concerned by the dwindling numbers of sheep and Howard’s habits of rising late and the stench of alcohol that follows him everywhere…
Robin Armstrong heroically steps in to help with the care of the sheep but he admits he has ulterior motives.
Although Elspeth finds his advances hard to resist she’s still under the impression Robin’s flirting is motivated only by his lust for her estate.
With Gran Elliot recovering from an accident, a wayward manager on the bottle and Robin pursuing her, how will Elspeth cope?
Will she be able to restore Everanlea to its former glory?
Will she ever get to the bottom of Robin Armstrong’s true intentions and find the happy ending she so desperately seeks?
Praise for Gwen Kirkwood
‘A classic story of love and hope’. – Holly Kinsella, best-selling author of Uptown Girl .
‘A gripping read’. – Robert Foster, best-selling author of The Lunar Code .
Gwen Kirkwood is the author of sixteen Scottish novels and six shorter romantic novellas, including A Question of Love , The Wary Heart and A New Beginning . She won the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy, judged by Richard Lee, when it was re-introduced to mark the millennium in 2000. She lives in Scotland.
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