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The charming, slyly comic novel of romantic longing and transformation that inspired the Oscar-nominated film Four very different women, looking. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Four Englishwomen vacation together at an Italian castle in von Arnim’s novel, a film version of which is now a . The Enchanted April [Elizabeth Von Arnim] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Four Englishwomen, strangers to each other, rent a villa for a.

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Quotes from The Enchanted April. View all 28 comments. One of the real pleasures of reading is discovering those hidden gems, those novels that I had never heard of, that turn out to be perfectly enjoyable. It is an enchanted April this month in Italy, a story of smiles and solid enjoyment and one such as few writers could produce. I love all of her books. They also reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning but aloof Lady Caroline Dester to defray expenses.

When Lotty spies a woman of the “church set” known to her by sight — a Mrs Arbuthnot — apparently perusing the same advertisement, she impulsively engages the reserved Mrs Arbuthnot in conversation. The surroundings really do rub off on the women, they eventually start to wake up, shifting in the perceptions of love and life. I feel the audio narration really enhanced this book.

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Her disapproval has succeeded in driving a wedge between them, with an austere and loveless relationship the inevitable result — with Rose dedicating herself to her good works, and Frederick indifferent and dismissive of his wife’s feelings and opinions. Don’t let them get away with this! Wilkins woke next morning she lay in bed a few minutes before getting up and opening the shutters.


She sets about imposing her will on the rest, which makes up just one part of the story. The women at the center of The Enchanted April are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. Wilkins with much serenity, “is to mind.

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Four proper English ladies, who don’t really know each other at all, decide to pool their resources and rent an Italian villa for a month, in the ‘s. But Lotty tells Rose to let it go.

Mesmerized by the idea but not wanting to spend her entire nest egg on the castle, she recruits Arbuthnot to join her. I wasn’t an all new Mariel in Berlin. From the original review in the Oakland Tribune, January It made me yearn for a place like San Salvatore in the same way millions of readers must have yearned for Shangri-La on first arnmi acquainted with James Hilton’s Lost Horizonwhere all the niggling disappointments of life and the general shortage of love and compassion of our modern age can simply melt away and leave you a changed elizabethh in all respects.

This is a book that might dlizabeth easy to dismiss as overly simple, cloyingly sentimental, and superficial. You didn’t take your clothes to parties; they took you.

Elizabeth von Arnim so beautifully describes the setting and the characters that you feel part of the story. Yes, it does sound oh so maudlin, but this sweet, kind book is just what I needed. The marriage ended in disaster, with Elizabeth escaping to the United States and the couple finally agreeing, into get a divorce.


The latter two women enjoy a higher standard of living than the former and want to ensure that they have an enjoyable holiday. The book concerns four previously unconnected ladies who all, aarnim their own reasons, want to get away from it all for a while.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim

View all 23 comments. If you willed yourself into the background I suppose it would And it started to rain! This was a complete hidden gem, but I loved it, loved the writing which was lyrical, loved the characters, who were all drawn to minuscule detail and mostly loved the exquisite descriptions of Italy and the flowering and aarnim of early April.

What would I discover about myself? I arnom this book, which I saved until April this year, for full impact. This novel is so delightful that I was ready to book a flight to Italy for next spring. You shall only write books that God would read.

The Enchanted April

Von Arnim’s poetic descriptions of gardens and the lush landscapes also elizaebth the novel; I felt like I was there. She subsequently lived a somewhat peripatetic existence in Europe, finally settling in the US.

He assumed them to be widows and took a fancy to Rose, so he decides to visit. Let it be, and let love and beauty and acceptance work their changes in their own time. Looking for More Great Reads? Von Arnim was writing from personal experience and recreated encnanted Portofino castello where she enjoyed a monthlong holiday.