When Eve first met James in Australia, she thought she’d found a love to last a lifetime. Six years later its over when the tug of home pulls her back to England for good, and James declares he has no intention of coming with her – ever. Crushed and at a crossroads, Eve is encouraged to pursue a dream inspired by her time overseas – to open an Aussie-style café in the heart of her local community, offering a program of activities for her customers to enjoy alongside their morning latte.
By Christmas, The Melbourne Community Café is a thriving hub serving the best coffee this side of the northern hemisphere, and Eve’s little staff of three soon open their hearts as well as their doors to those around them. When a lonely wanderer with a questionable past is drawn to the café’s warmth, it represents a window into a world he’s never been welcome to be part of. Could Eve’s decision to take a chance on this stranger threaten everything they’ve all worked so hard to achieve?
Meanwhile, a childhood friend seeks Eve’s affections and an amorous Italian restaurateur follows in hot pursuit, but she doesn’t think anything can compare to what she had with James. When everything around her shatters and only one man is there to help pick up the pieces, could Eve’s inability to let go thwart her second chance at finding happiness?
Eve and Thom are getting married. Well, that’s what Eve had assumed would follow Thom’s proposal, but when presented with the opportunity of a dream wedding by the stunning Italian Amalfi Coast at a mere fraction of the cost, he makes it obvious he does not share her level of enthusiasm – perhaps it’s because the wedding would be held on the property of a certain roguishly handsome Italian restaurateur, whose intentions towards Eve have previously proven less than honourable?
28-year-old Ivy Davies isn’t living her best life. She’s with the wrong man, working in the wrong career, has a troubled relationship with her mother; and like many of us is spending too much time focusing on the wrong things. Until one Christmas Day she discovers a letter written in her own handwriting claiming to be from her future self that proclaims her untimely death from cancer in five years’ time and lists the things she must do to improve her life in the short time she has left. The only problem is that Ivy doesn’t believe the letter, and aside from writing it off as a potential practical joke she discards its advice when some of its portent doesn’t quite ring true…