Lucy Ross is devastated when her relationship with lawyer, Sebastian, breaks down. Encouraged by her sister, Madeleine,she decides to embark on a new job promoting tourism and leaves London to start work in the remote western isles of Scotland. At first, she struggles with the rural landscape, lack of decent shopping and does not get off to a good start with her boss, the handsome but supercilious Rory MacDonald, who thinks she is a ' useless townie who won't last five minutes.' Lucy has another reason for coming to Scotland as she wants to discover the truth about her birth father, James Ross, who left her mother when she was a baby, but finds more than she bargained for.
Annabel Logan-Black is a journalist who is sent to Scotland to cover a story and is asked to stay there for a month by her boss. One of the paper's employees is being investigated for 'phone hacking and as he gave a large number of leads to Annabel, her editor wants her out of the way. She was chasing down a story in the wilds of Scotland anyway but is contractually obliged to write her bitchy, trendy 'People' column whilst in rural Scotland. She decides to go incognito and changes her name whilst she works for a small, local paper; a job arranged by her boss. At first she wonders what on earth she can find to write about. However, she soon finds that there is much more going on in this rural idyll of Glenloch and more than enough to keep her column going.
Chloe Charlesworth has had the week from hell. Not only did she have her dream job as a fashion journalist, snatched away from her, then her aunt breaks her leg. So, Chloe leaves London on a mercy dash to Rum Cove in North Yorkshire to help run her aunt's businesses, the Contraband Café and trekking centre. Chloe imagines she will be simply popping in to check that her aunt has the right help, but when she accidentally poisons her aunt's horses and argues with the local vet, she feels obligated to help out with the numerous Rum Cove's Christmas events, which all centre around the Contraband Café. But, Chloe is desperate to get back to London, but finds Rum Cove has more attractions than she thought and soon she has some serious decisions to make. A sparkling, Christmas romance.