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The Enchanted April

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
By: (1866-1941)

The Enchanted April is a delightful and charming novel that transports readers to the sunny shores of Italy. Elizabeth von Arnim's lyrical prose paints a vivid picture of the idyllic setting, making it easy to feel as if you are right there alongside the characters. The story follows four women who embark on a journey to escape their mundane lives in dreary London, only to discover unexpected friendships and newfound joy in the enchanting surroundings of the Italian countryside.

As the characters explore the beauty of their temporary home, they undergo personal transformations and rediscover themselves in the process. The author skillfully weaves together themes of friendship, self-discovery, and the healing power of nature, creating a heartwarming and uplifting tale that will leave readers feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

With its whimsical charm and endearing characters, The Enchanted April is a captivating read that celebrates the simple pleasures of life and the transformative power of love and friendship. Elizabeth von Arnim's timeless classic is sure to enchant readers of all ages and remind them of the magic that can be found in the most unexpected places.

Book Description:

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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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 6 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 13, 2021
Subject: Enchanted April
Very well read, a lovely story wonderful to listen on a rain Sunday in Iceland :). Somehow I think one will think about this story in years to come...there is more to it than one thinks.
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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