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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A cynical guide
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A race against time
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Could Native Americans have traveled to the frozen continent of Antarctica 800 years prior to the first known human exploration? If so how? And why?
There’s only one person who can get Leah to those mountains in Antarctica: her estranged husband and climbing guide Jack Hobson.
At their destination they make a stunning discovery that will change history and science forever. But Leah’s team is far from the only interested party.
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Emma Green will carry you away in her new series, Call me Bitch, where every rule and every role is reversed by the two heroes, Jude and Joe. You’ll also keep up with Emmett and Sidonie, the lord and the nanny from Call me Baby.
Call me Bitch by Emma Green: Volume 1 of 6
Spin-off of Call me Baby – Can be read separately.
Emma Lucie Margaret Green was born in 1980 in Los Angeles. Being both French and American, she grew up between the two cultures and her novels include characters in passionate romances on both sides of the Atlantic. One Hundred Facets of Mr. Diamonds was her first book. First published electronically, it was such a success that it went on to be a bookstore bestseller. Her recent series The Billionaire’s Desires appeared on bestseller lists for many weeks. After Call me Baby, Call me Bitch is her fourth series published by Addictive Publishing.