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A recipe for happiness: four women, one medieval Italian castle, plenty of wisteria, and solitude as needed

Four very diverse women, all seeking revitalization from the dreary February rains of 1920s London, rent the small medieval castle of San Salvatore, nestled high above the bay of Portofino, Italy. Arriving at San Salvatore, they find it awash with the scent of flowers, its olive groves terracing down to the sun-warmed sea.

Each has her reasons for desiring escape. Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Arbuthnot are glad to leave behind their insipid duties and unresponsive husbands. The elderly Mrs. Fisher wishes only to sit in the sun and replay her youthful memories, and the bewitchingly beautiful Lady Caroline Dester desires to have seclusion from all her adoring suitors. Amid the canopies of fragrant wisteria, in the sweet sunshine and melodious silence, fate has some surprises in store for all of them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A pleasant…little story, with some neat phrasing and a genuine feeling for color and for beauty.”

    New York Times

  • “At one level an escapist fantasy, at another a parable about the liberation of the spirit, this delicious confection will work magic on all.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Nadia May’s narration is excellent, especially in differentiating the women’s voices and in reading their inner dialogues…This performance is easy to listen to, and this recording is well worth having.”

    AudioFile

  • “[A] book for anyone who feels stiff, unloved, or used up—a restful, funny, sumptuous, and invigorating vacation for the mind and soul…The effect is refreshing, charming, and romantic.”

    Erica Bauermeister, 500 Great Books by Women

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Craig | 2/14/2014

    " The Enchanged April is a very engaging, uplifting story set in England and Italy in the early 20th century. Two married Englishwomen in their early 30s, bored with the rainy, dreary weather of London, and each separately spurred on by her feckless marriage, respond to an ad in the newspaper to rent an Italian villa for the month of April. When they discover the price is steep, they place an ad themselves to solicit two other women to share the cost. Lady Caroline and dowager Fisher respond and the arrangements are made. Each woman arrives with her own internal baggage. The villa and time of year, however, turn out to be indeed enchanting. The novel is both humorous and insightful. The author skillfully plays with the interpersonal relationships of the women as their personalities and perceptions of life conflict. I found myself often smiling and sometimes laughing. However, the profusion of flowers and sunlight create a magical state which can only result in a bit of heaven on earth. Each woman finds herself and happiness of bygone years is restored. Elizabeth von Arnim has created a true masterpiece with this novel. Although appealing to all readers, women will especially enjoy The Enchanted April. For women, it is a must read. I highlight recommend the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lori | 2/9/2014

    " I want to go to San Salvatore!! I feel like each I know each character in this story, and I also am changed after my month with them. I admit I saw the movie first, and it's my favorite movie. But the book is wonderful, and a treat to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tandy | 1/31/2014

    " There honestly isn't a huge story line in this book but it's written so beautifully and so descriptive that I couldn't help but like it. I want to go stay in a castle and have my own enchanted April. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica Hatchigan | 1/26/2014

    " A light fun narrative of three romances that all end a little too tidily. If the wishful thinking is a bit transparent, that's okay - this is a happy little daydream for women dreaming of "sunshine and wisteria" - and of enchantment. "

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