The De Angelis sisters – holier-than-thou Anna, bohemian, beautiful Maria and tomboy Gaby – have always been competitive, never more so than for the affection of their father, Enzo.
But on the day Gaby’s first child is born, Enzo dies. Gaby’s sisters are quick to snap into action, devising a plan to give their father the send-off he deserves, in his native Rome. Gaby has barely come to terms with motherhood, let alone the fact that her beloved father has gone. And as she finds herself plunged into the heat and bustle of Rome, she once again encounters the man everyone thought she would marry. Suddenly all her certainties are shaken.
The Eternal City begins with the youngest of the three de Angelis sisters, Gabriella, giving birth to her first child, Kitty. As a thirty-five-years-old working woman, Gaby still thinks she is far too young for motherhood and her marriage to red-headed Bob has brought the new and distinctly less exciting sounding title of Mrs Duncan. No longer the tomboy bambino of the family, it is two days later when Bob delivers the news that the sudden heart-attack of her beloved father, Enzo, on the day of her daughter’s birth has unexpectedly tinged the celebrations with grief.