Birmingham, almost a decade after the end of the Great War, and the women of Lilac Street have had more than their fair share of troubles...Rose Southgate is trapped in a loveless marriage. Shy and isolated, she makes the best of life, until she meets a man who changes everything. Jen Green is struggling to make ends meet, with a sick husband and five children to support. Aggie, her eldest daughter, is twelve years old and longs for excitement. But prying into the adult world shows her more than she had bargained for. And Phyllis Taylor is a widow who has managed to put a dark and traumatic past behind her. But the return of her daughter Dolly threatens all that...These women find strength in friendship, as they discover that the best way to solve their problems is to face them together.