Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Enchanted April: A Perfect Spring Story

Among the many charms and delights that each Spring holds for me,
is the yearly reading of one of my most favorite books: The Enchanted April.

For those unfamiliar with Elizabeth von Arnim's 1922 novel, the story revolves around four very unlikely travel companions...four English ladies who have responded to an advertisement seen in The Times...and find themselves renting an Italian medieval castle for the month of April.

What begins as a desire to escape and retreat within themselves (each of the ladies for their own reason), results in them finding their alignment, thanks in large part to such a heavenly setting, and they blossom and evolve in a very real and genuine way.

It's a charming and fun read full of delightful characters with very unique personalities, and the descriptions of the gardens and castle are enough to persuade me to read it again and again!!

For the ultimate in easy listening, I love the free audiobook on LibriVox best.

 ...a perfect early spring story=)


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