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The Enchanted April

Von Arnim, Elizabeth

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Enchanted April
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The four women at the center of The Enchanted April are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. They find each other--and the castle of their dreams--through a classified ad in a London newspaper one rainy February afternoon. The ladies expect a pleasant holiday, but they don't anticipate that the month they spend in Portofino will reintroduce them to their true natures and reacquaint them with joy.

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Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2007
ISBN: 1590172256
9781590172254
Branch Call Number: FICTION VONARNIM 2007
Characteristics: xii, 247 p. ;,21 cm

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Four women escape for a much needed holiday in Italy, only to find their personal lives transformed after that magical month.

The four women at the center of The Enchanted April are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. They find each other--and the castle of their dreams--through a classified ad in a London newspaper one rainy February afternoon. The ladies expect a pleasant holiday, but they d... Read More »

The four women in this book are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. Nothing quite like sharing a castle in Portofino for a month to change your outlook.

The four women in this book are alike only in their dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. Nothing quite like sharing a castle in Portofino for a month to change your outlook.


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Aug 14, 2014
  • Raynpetal rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book was so boring, I couldn't even get through to the end. I did get to about half way, and just decided enough was enough.

Aug 06, 2014
  • sandraperkins rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book! I have read it before, and I love coming back to it when I just want to be cheered up. It is a magical story. Please do not listen to those who gave up after the first few pages. If you keep reading, you'll be rewarded with a lovely story about lovely people in a beautiful place. What is not to like about that?

Mar 08, 2014
  • DanniOcean rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Blind Date with a Book comment: 1st impression - 5; Characters - 5; Story - 5. "Liked the idea - will try again later. Found it too wordy (plus I was liking my other Blind Date book more!) I just couldn't get into this one at this time."

This book was originally published in 1922 and inspired the 1992 movie Enchanted April.

Feb 07, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I love the movie and decided to read the book. I could not pass the first pages. Very negative, dull narrative. I was curious to see how similar the end was to the movie and read it. It is nothing like the movie and quite disappointing. Stick with the movie and forget about the book; if you read it, make sure you do it before watching the movie!

Jan 28, 2013
  • skycatz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Please read this book in the dark and dampish days of Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr in PDX and find yourself in lovely, warm spring in Italy. Much to learn and feel for each character as they settle in and find the magic of the warm sun, house and its charm to show a new look at their own personal lives. I so wish that I too, could find such a lease with a group of mildly trying but kind characters. I could almost smell the gardens, taste the wines and enjoy the meals. And lend me a few of those hats to shade me in the gardens.

Sep 14, 2012
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel was written after World War One and is a happy one. Two young women both see an advertisement in a newspaper while at their club, and one approaches the other to suggest they follow through on renting the castle in Italy for a month. This is a very daring action for both women. Mrs. Wilkins feels taken for granted in her marriage and unloved and feels that this would be a good use of the money she has put aside for a rainy day. Mrs. Arbuthnot has devoted herself to good works and the poor since an unhappy event in her marriage pushed her towards a judgemental religious outlook. She has grown apart from her husband.
In an effort to make her small savings go further, Mrs. Wilkins suggests they invite another couple of women and they place an ad of their own. One of the two is an older woman, Mrs. Fisher, much caught up in the past glory of association with writers and important men. The other is a young, beautiful lady, who feels that her beauty is an obstacle to her happiness.
As the four arrive at the castle, they at first exhibit their personalities, but as the gardens bloom around them, they bloom too, and begin to make connections and soften their outlooks.
A lovely story of happiness, renewed love, and the power of rest.

May 05, 2012
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very charming!

Jun 30, 2011
  • dkuch1969 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. It was perfect escapist summer reading. Elizabeth's descriptions are lush and real. The characters are plausible and a delight to follow their personal journey and revelations. I wish it hadn't ended and a visit to Portofino is on the bucket list.

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