London, 1875. At Lady Cornford’s famous soiree (sugared almonds and tittle-tattle) everyone is gossiping about Henry Ellis Margam’s latest hit, The Widow’s Secret. Only a few people know that one of Lady C’s guests, the enigmatic Bella Wallis, is in fact the best-selling novelist.
Liz McGregor, struggling to bring up her eight-year-old daughter alone, is surprised when her boss asks her to marry him. It is an unromantic proposal, but Liz, beset with difficulties, is tempted to accept it. Then Felix suggests a honeymoon cruise in the Adriatic and Liz's fears are swept away. After eight empty years she is loved - and in love - again. But the past catches up with her and before England's shores are out of sight she is embroiled again with the man who ruined her life before.