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Enchanted April (version 2)

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Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim is a delightful and charming novel that transports readers to the picturesque Italian countryside. The story follows four diverse women who decide to escape their dreary lives in England and rent a castle in Italy for the month of April. As they begin to explore their new surroundings, they find themselves undergoing personal transformations and experiencing profound moments of self-discovery.

Von Arnim's writing is elegant and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the lush landscape and the emotions of the characters. The novel explores themes of friendship, love, and the power of nature to heal and rejuvenate the soul. The characters are well-developed and relatable, each bringing their own unique perspective to the story.

Overall, Enchanted April is a beautifully written novel that will enchant readers with its whimsical setting and heartfelt storytelling. It is a perfect read for anyone looking to escape into a world of beauty and self-discovery.

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Four very different women, with very different reasons for wanting to escape a cold and dreary London, come together to share a month's holiday in a medieval castle. They are brought there by the promise of the advertised 'wisteria and sunshine', but they find so much more than they bargained for, as the place transforms them and changes their lives in ways they could never have expected. The novel is dominated by four wonderfully drawn characters: timid Lotty Wilkins, terrified of her domineering husband; sober and religious Rose Arbuthnot; rigid and judgemental Mrs Fisher; and the breathtakingly beautiful but disillusioned and unhappy Lady Caroline Dester. Von Arnim's story of their transformation under the Italian sun is warm, witty, intelligent, and as enchanting as the title suggests.

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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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