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The Enchanted April

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
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It’s a dreary February in post-World War I London when Mrs. Wilkins spots an advertisement in The Times for a small Italian castle for rent in April. She sees another member of her women’s club, Mrs. Arbuthnot, reading the same advertisement and manages to convince her that the two of them should rent it. Both are miserable and lonely in their marriages. They can’t afford the cost of the villa, San Salvatore, on their own and must advertise for two others, eventually recruiting an elderly widow named Mrs. Fisher, and Lady Caroline Dester, a beautiful young socialite desperate to escape from London and society. The four journey to Italy where San Salvatore works its magic separately on each of them, changing their lives in unexpected ways. (Summary by Diana Kiesners)

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THE ENCHANTED APRIL

by

ELIZABETH VON ARNIM

It began in a Woman's Club in London on a February afternoon an uncomfortable club, and a miserable afternoon when Mrs. Wilkins, who had come down from Hampstead to shop and had lunched at her club, took up The Times from the table in the smoking room, and running her listless eye down the Agony Column saw this:

To Those Who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine. Small mediaeval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be Let furnished for the month of April. Necessary servants remain. Z, Box 1000, The Times.

That was its conception; yet, as in the case of many another, the conceiver was unaware of it at the moment.

So entirely unaware was Mrs. Wilkins that her April for that year had then and there been settled for her that she dropped the newspaper with a gesture that was both irritated and resigned, and went over to the window and stared drearily out at the dripping street.

Not for her were mediaeval castles, even those that are specially described as small... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 5 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 22, 2016
Subject: Enchanted April
I have seen and loved the movie. Getting to hear the whole story with the wonderful development of the characters has been a joy. Diana K more than did justice to the reading, and I felt truly enchanted. A wonderful story that I highly recommend.
Reviewer: - August 15, 2014
Subject: nice
Reading is understandable.The subject is different.I recommend it.
Reviewer: - October 4, 2013
Subject: Marvelous
Diana K is the most outstanding reader. I was sad that story had end for she transported right to Italy. I didn't think anyone read better than Trisha G. Both are truly great but Diana K. you have a slight edge.
Reviewer: - February 14, 2013
Subject: Lovely
Excellent listening!
Reviewer: - November 29, 2012
Subject: special place in my heart
I listened to this some time ago and have come back to review it because it has kept a special place in my heart. I often think of the line, "It doesn't matter from where the love comes." Such a pleasure to be read this.


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