The Enchanted April (Virago modern classics)

by Elizabeth Von Arnim | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0860685179 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingPlum-crazywing of Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on 9/21/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingPlum-crazywing from Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, September 21, 2009
A discreet advertisement in 'The Times', addressed to 'Those who Apppreciate Wisteria and Sunshine...' is the impetus for a revelatory month for four very different women.

High above the bay on the Italian Riviera stands San Salvatore, a mediaeval castle. Beckoned to this haven are Mrs. Wilkins, Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, each quietly craving a respite. Lulled by the Mediterranean spirit, they gradually shed their skins and discover a harmony each of them has longed for but never known...

Journal Entry 2 by wingPlum-crazywing from Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 15, 2010
A charming tale about the effect the San Salvatore Castle has on four very different englishwomen, each of whom has their own reasons for escaping a cold dull English April for the Italian Riviera...

Lotty Wilkins is nervous and talkative & treated like a child by her husband & is starting to resent him;
Rose Arbuthnot has a "face like a disappointed madonna," & is pious, sweet,
but desperately unhappy;
Margaret Fisher is stern & demanding but living in the past, a past peppered with famous literary encounters;
And Caroline Dester, the beautiful "Scrap", popular but lonely & bored with her whirlwind social life.

But San Salvatore works it magic & almost immediately the women begin to change...

Lotty loses her nervous demeanor & becomes more confident;
Rose blossoms & wants wins back the love of her formerly indifferent husband;
Margaret finally begins to smile & relax & starts living in the present instead of the dusty past;
And Caroline re-opens her heart to love and friendship by recognizing the emptiness of her life before she left for Italy.

The story is atmospheric & beautifully written - I really felt for Mrs Wilkins when Mrs Fisher seemed to be taking over the "hosting" of the holiday!

Read as part of the 2010 ULTIMATE CHALLENge -themed "MOVIE" read for May
(movie info here!)
&
the 2010 REDUCE MT TBR Challenge (#41)

Journal Entry 3 by wingPlum-crazywing at By mail, Sweepstake Winner -- Controlled Releases on Monday, August 02, 2010

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On it's way to the winner of the UK Smile Day RABCK - hope you enjoy it!

Released as part of the 2010 ULTIMATE CHALLENGE

Journal Entry 4 by Jozebedee at Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Friday, August 06, 2010
Thank you so much Plum-crazy! I have never read any Elizabeth Von Arnim books so I am looking forward to this. It looks great! x

Journal Entry 5 by Jozebedee at Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 22, 2010
This was a nice, easy to read story. A little predictable, but amusing in parts and definitely a product of its era.
I liked all of the characters, although the 'how to behave correctly as a woman' bits annoyed me even if they were quite correct for the period of its writing.
Not sure I will rush to read another of her books, but I wouldn't dismiss the idea either.

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