One of bestselling author Katie Flynn's contemporary novels reissued for the first time. For the shopkeepers who work in the Arcade in the seaside town of Haisby, life is not always easy. Diane Hopgood has moved from the bright lights of London to start a fashion boutique, expecting a quiet life, she finds both love and drama. Anthea, her assistant, has finally managed to free herself of the dark memories of her father's sadistic abuse. But a terrible event changes everything for her. Marj cooks and waits tables at the wine bar, under the watchful eye of Martin, a chef of undoubted genius, despite his passion for women. Why has he never noticed Marj, though? As the shopkeepers struggle to make a living, each of them finds their life changing over the course of one eventful year.