It’s April and time for a new book club selection. I suspect most of us are way overdue for a vacation so why not at least visit Italy vicariously via The Enchanted April? Much-loved since it’s publication in 1922, generations have enjoyed this charming story.
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The Enchanted April
The newspaper ad that started it all:
To Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine.
Small mediaeval Italian Castle on
the shores of the Mediterranean
to be let Furnished for the month of April.
Necessary servants remain. Z, Box 1000, The Times.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
Four women, with very different backgrounds and characters – the artless Lottie Wilkins, the pious Rose Arbuthnot, the cantankerous Mrs Fisher and the haughty Lady Caroline Dester – respond to an advertisement in The Times offering a medieval castle to rent in Italy that April. As their joint holiday begins, tensions flare up between them, but they soon bond over their past misfortunes and rediscover hope and the pleasures of life in their tranquil surroundings.
Read the book first and then enjoy the 1991 film adaptation available on DVD:
Or rent on one of these streaming services.
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