London, 1938: Lizzie Larch is a 20-year-old hat maker in London's east end. She is happy and popular, but she carries a secret. Seven years ago she was viciously attacked and recovered in a private sanatorium where she miscarried a child. Lizzie has no memory of the night of the attack, but secrets cannot stay secret for too long. When she starts courting her boss' nephew, a shocking revelation surfaces; threatening to destroy their new-found happiness.
Against the devastating Blitz of London, normal life must continue for Lizzie Larch. With Sebastian returning to war, Lizzie must make a success of her business in order to survive and to care for her young child. Silently in the shadows, her secret enemy watches and waits, threatening to ruin Lizzie and everything she holds close. Lizzie is soon battling against shortages whilst her hat business explodes.... But soon Lizzie begins to realise that success can mean nothing without the man she loves.
Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place: either settle down and get married or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion. Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact he probably never was.... Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. But these very different girls have one thing in common: Angus. The one they fell in love with....
Isobel is eight years old and marrying Andrew Parker, the boy of her dreams, on the school playground. Life is perfect. Then the ceremony is over, and a week later so is the marriage. Twenty years on and Isobel is dressed as a prawn handing out promotional fliers. Her career is going nowhere, and her love life leaves a lot to be desired. Then she catches sight of Andrew, her first husband, and wonders if she can rekindle a playground romance.