A beautiful, very moving, melancholic and elegiac novel set in the late 1960s in Melton, a small town in the West Country. The story revolves around a disparate group of people who come together there to establish an arts festival. There is Jack Curtis a self-made millionaire who has bought and refurbished the local stately home, Florence Plover, a garden designer in her sixties whom he has employed and her Anglo-Greek niece, Persephone. There are the Musgrove siblings, Thomas and Mary, whose family originally owned Melton Hall, who run a failing garden nursery nearby and there is Francis Brock, whose sister Celia, Thomas's wife, was tragically killed in a car crash some years previously. This is the story of their intertwining relationships and how they come to love, and not to love each other in different ways and why - a perfect book to curl up and read by the fireside on an autumn afternoon and as satisfying a read as Brief Encounter is a film.More
"As always, Howard intrigues and delights as her characters seem to dance to their own discordant tune. A romance for all ages." (Daily Express)
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Not as good as her others....
not a very good writer's best
I am very fond of Elizabeth Jane Howard's books and have listened to the others. This is well worth listening to when you have heard the others and want one more, but not the best to try first. The title sums up the ending which is perhaps why I found it less satisfying and and a bit of a downer.
I adore Joanna Lumley but found the other narrators better for EJH's style.