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Love All by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Love All is set in the 1960s and finds Persephone, known as Percy, reeling from an affair with a married man when she agrees to accompany her Aunt Floy, a landscape gardener, to work on a garden in a stately manor in village called Melton. Like many other characters in this novel who were orphaned or neglected by their parents, Percy was raised by her aunt since she was 12. The manor is owned by Jack, a millionaire businessman who has bought the house once owned by Mary's and Thomas' family. Thomas owns a local gardening center and is ravaged with grief over the death of his wife and Mary has come to Melton to help raise his daughter. The sense of loss in all of their lives presents emotional obstacles to finding love as adults, and Percy finds the one constant love of her life, Aunt Floy, getting too old to be there forever for her. Elizabeth Jane Howard's novel has received mostly positive reviews with The Telegraph saying, "In the end, this is a novel about love, not only the romantic sort, but the kind that binds families - and perhaps also authors to their creations. A governing kindness pervades the book. There is something very touching about that."