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The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
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May 29, 2009

it was amazing

Four women escape drab Hampstead and their dreary lives to a castle in Italy in April. Finding it heaven, they are able to actualize themselves, discover love and friendship - without being trite. There's timid Mrs. Wilkins, in the shadow of her husband; pious Mrs. Arbuthnot who escapes her loveless marriage by caring for the poor; old Mrs. Fisher who lives in her memories of the golden Victorian days when Browning and Thackeray dandled her upon their knees; and angelically beautiful Lady Caroline who is tired of being adored and wishes to find peace and solitude.

A vivid novel about four very different women - and the men who interact with them - who learn how to live with each other for a magical month of blooming flowers, sea breeze, and the stars at night. Von Arnim does not avoid the awkward tensions of new acquaintances or different personalities, and does not tie up every marital misunderstanding artificalliy.

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