By Emma Blair
Even to a girl from the slums of Bristol, the streets of Glasgow were inhospitable and grey; the wealth and splendour of its mansions cold and heartless. But for Hester Dark, there could be no turning back - she would make this cruel city the home of her dreams. Everyone said that Hester was lucky. Lucky to have a wealthy uncle in Scotland who was willing to take her in. Lucky to have all the advantages that his money could buy. But Hester's new, bright world held dark secrets, jealousies, and fears. And no one had spoken of the women who would despise her for her beauty and her independence - and the men who would buy her soul and call it love.
A Highland Engagement
By Anne Douglas
After their parents die, Leslie Mackenzie and her two siblings are taken in by their Auntie Peg. Leslie knows that given the poverty and unemployment in and around Leith, she is lucky to have a roof over her head - albeit her aunt's tenement - and a job to go to. But while Leslie enjoys working as a waitress, she dreams of escaping Leith for pastures new. When Aunt Peg announces her intention of marrying her widower boss, Leslie realises that since their lives are destined to change, she may as well seize the opportunity and look elsewhere for a position. The Hotel Grand Forest couldn't be more different from the Edinburgh hotel Leslie is used to working in. The luxury spa hotel is in the highlands of Scotland, in the small village of Glenmar, and caters to the whims of its rich, high society guests. Leslie accepts a position at the Grand Forest, little dreaming what fate has in store for her there...For whilst in many ways it is her dream job, strict rules govern the behaviour of all Grand Forest's employees and staff are forbidden from mixing with guests. But then Leslie meets Christopher Meredith and falls in love...