After inheriting a countryside estate in Cornwall, John Mitchell moves with his wife and two-year-old Abigail into their new home. The family’s new life seems idyllic with the exception of the wrath of the Gaisfords, a powerful local family. Abigail eventually marries Luke Gaisford in spite of her father's warning and soon uncovers Luke's terrifying secret life.
1939: Carolyn Maddison decides as soon as she is eighteen she will join the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Reporting to the Air Ministry she meets good-looking, charismatic pilot, Charlie Wade. He believes Carolyn should work as an Intelligence officer, and suggests she should serve on an active bombing station. Carolyn obtains a prestigious posting in 5 Group Bomber Command, briefing and debriefing aircrew. Carolyn resists her feelings for her dashing pilot, deciding it's not worth the risk of loving a man in wartime...only to wonder if she has done the right thing when a new WAAF on the station sets her cap at him.
Gennetta Turner's father owns a large jet-carving company, but there is intense competition within the industry. Mr. Turner devises a way of consolidating his hold over the town by marrying his daughter off to the son of his arch-rival. However, Gennetta is wildly in love with her childhood sweetheart, a young sailor. Can she foil her father's plan?
1858 - As 20 yr old Betsy Palmer is crossing the North York Moors to Rosedale a wheel breaks on her trap leaving her stranded. Jim Fenwick, a supervisor on a nearby mining project comes to her aid and a special relationship develops between them, but it eventually falters and when she falls in love with someone new, some unexpected and dramatic truths are revealed.
Sarah Brook has kept diaries for most of her life. Now 85 and at the end of her own journey, she allows her favourite great-niece Esther to read them. But while full of Sarah's thoughts and dreams, and family stories, the diaries also hold dark family secrets about the past, which are about to be exposed.
Lena expects to inherit at least half of her father's shipping and merchant business. Instead it is left to his stepson, James. Then she meets shipping rival Peter Hustwick and sees the opportunity to help build up his business and undermine James's firm. When disaster strikes, she's devastated to realise how carried away she's become with her desire for success...
As heir to his father's woollen mill, Daniel Bullen is caught between duty and privilege. One day he will be a wealthy and respected man - but in the meantime his father has authority over him. Daniel meets Susannah Charlesworth, sole heiress to the prosperous Stockdale Estate and sees a way to becoming twice as wealthy as his father. The marriage Susannah enters into soon becomes a joyless prison. Can Susannah ever find the love and happiness she truly yearns for in this tapestry of dreams?
Alice Ware, aged 18, is pretty, charming and impetuous. At home in Yorkshire, she is determined to seize any fresh opportunities and experiences that come her way. The arrival of a new neighbour, the elegant and scandalous Mrs Emma Cheevey, leads to visits from her two highly eligible soldier sons. Alice is instantly drawn to Matthew, the younger brother - and then Captain Steven Cheevey arrives home from South Africa. Alice's choice is made, her future secure... until a reckless decision throws the lives of three people into turmoil.