Azzurra’s day has finally arrived, the day she will finally marry Guido, the man of her dreams. Her oldest and best of friends are by her side: Margherita with Carlo, Rosa -now free from the ghosts that haunted her- and ready to embark upon a new life, and Nina with Gregorio.
Sister Angela is there to watch, but her mission is anything but finished! In fact, she has new fish to fry! There’s Valentina, 23 years old, beautiful, tattooed and angry. She makes her way into the Divine Corner coffee shop with a guitar swung over her back and wearing a leather jacket and skin tight shorts.
The place immediately seems like the fairy tales no one ever read to her.
Valentina is straight-forward, direct and isn’t afraid of saying exactly what is on her mind, even if it means appearing mean. She’s undeceiving, but hides her profound sensitivity behind a stony mask of detachment. Her relationships with others, especially men, are based on mutual trade and interests. Nothing is free, everything comes at a price. Valentina is an “escort by choice”. With her hard rock attitude, she even resembles Sister Angela in a way and becomes like a daughter for the nun, who challenges and rejects her, like mothers often do with their daughters.
Then there’s Monica, 26 years old, an excellent student. She just recently got her degree in medicine and landed a residency position at the hospital of Urbino. To avoid living with her mother, she has chosen to live with Sister Angela, her godmother. Monica is the daughter of Valerio, the man Sister Angela was in love with, the man with whom she committed the robbery that marked the beginning of her new life. Thus, one could say Monica is her daughter in a way.
Monica is the exact opposite of Sister Angela. She’s precise and reserved, with so much self-control that when she lets herself go, it’s even worse. After a week in the Maldives, she found herself married to Luca, a man that she had just met. Then when they were about to return to Italy, he was suddenly declared lost at sea. If that weren’t enough, Luca has a seven year old boy named Edo who Monica must now take care of and who has moved to the convent with her.
Edo’s mother died when he was very young and he was raised by various nannies and babysitters. Luca loved him very much, but was often away on business and spoiled his child like most absent fathers do. In other words, Edo is intolerable, or at least he does everything in his power to be considered just that.
In the convent, Monica runs into Nico, 28 years old, Guido’s best man and first assistant at the university. Now that Guido has accepted a prestigious teaching post in London, he has leant his office at the convent to Nico, a charming lawyer who loves women so much, he has a new one every night. He wasn’t so easy on Monica herself in the past when he seduced her over a bet and then immediately left her. This is one open wound that isn’t likely to heal…
Like Azzurra’s wound, but now she has a radiant future ahead of her. Now that her wedding is over, she only needs to finish her internship in Fabriano and take her exam so she can join Davide and Guido in London. An important person from Azzurra’s past that suddenly shows up at the convent, however, wasn’t part of her plans.
It’s Emma, who is almost fifteen, wears her hair in a piggy tail and looks at the world through wide open eyes. Emma is a girl from the children’s home Azzurra works at. She will be staying at the convent until the home is fit to be lived in again. Emma is a like a young adult. Not that she’s boring, she actually has a brilliant mind. It’s just that she often uses such brilliance against Azzurra. In fact, she does not get along with her. The girl is much too earnest and studious. It may just be Azzurra’s impression, but she feels like the teenager looks down on her.
Emma was abandoned at birth, left in front of a hospital. Despite the difficulties of being raised in a children’s home and the diabetes she was diagnosed with at birth, Emma has clung to life with all her strength. She has one big dream, to become a professional ballerina and dance at San Carlo, and no one can take this dream away from her…
Among the new characters in the series, there’s Gabriele Mattei, 30 years old, eyes as dark as the night and broad shoulders. He’s serious, kind and charming, the man all women would like to have by their side. Gabriele is a prominent heart surgeon who completed his residency in America. He is a child prodigy in the field of medicine who worked his way up all on his own and learned first-hand the meaning of commitment, sacrifice and liberation.
He was born from a secret affair between a young bank clerk and her boss and young Gabriele was never recognized by the married man who should have been his father.
In the convent, Nico is jealous of Gabriele, who seems to threaten Nico’s masculine dominance. Nico has no intention of sharing attention with this newcomer… which becomes a problem when the handsome doctor becomes the point of contention between two young women we know.