Jeannie Johnson's sparkling prequel, The Rest of Our Lives, introduced our three heroines. The post-war years bring these very different women just as many dreams, disappointments, and triumphs. It's Coronation Year, 1953, a new beginning. Like many cities, Bristol is patching itself up after the war, while refugees who fought for the allies are seeking sanctuary in Britain. Charlotte tries to forget her wartime love and accept the shortcomings of her marriage. Edna has three beautiful children and will do anything to protect her brood, but hasn't allowed for the effect of a deadly, 20th-century disease. Polly still hopes for an easier, more glamorous life, but with her irrepressible young daughter and her charming tricky husband, will things improve?