Hilary Napier has had enough of secrets. The engagement party at the Barton is finally a chance for her and David to celebrate their good news with friends and family. But the course of true love never did run smooth and with obstacles springing up from all angles, there may be more than the dress and the venue to arrange before they can consider walking down the aisle. Ivy Sweet is still ruffling feathers in the village but her harsh exterior falters when a stranger comes looking for her. But who is it and what could they want with Ivy?
At the school, Frances and James are readying the children for the play at the annual Summer Fair and doing their best to ignore their feelings for each other. Will the chaos-causing Crocker twins make it to the dress rehearsal and, more importantly, will Frances find a way to let herself love again?
Amongst all the drama, old friends are always on hand and when Dottie falls ill, an old face comes back to Burracombe to lift her spirits, and perhaps change her life.
Life is never dull in this beautiful Devonshire village and with surprises around every corner, there's a lot to look forward to for the year ahead...