Plot[ edit ] The novel follows four dissimilar women in s England who leave their rainy, grey environments to go on holiday in Italy. They find some common ground in that both are struggling to make the best of unhappy marriages. They also reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning but aloof Lady Caroline Dester to defray expenses. Rose Arbuthnot is a highly religious lady who does extensive charity work, but is married to an author of racy popular novels who neglects her, partly because of her persistent disapproval of his work. Lady Caroline Dester is a beautiful socialite who is tired of the burden of London society and is beginning to regard her life as shallow and empty, after a man she loved died in WWI.
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Shelves: historical-fiction , gutenberg-freebie , i-own , italy April reread with the Retro Reads group, just starting now! They all have different personalities and there are some conflicting expectations. To make matters worse, view spoiler [the husband of one of the women, who has had an estranged marriage, shows up pursuing one of the other women, without realizing his wife is another of the guests hide April reread with the Retro Reads group, just starting now!
To make matters worse, view spoiler [the husband of one of the women, who has had an estranged marriage, shows up pursuing one of the other women, without realizing his wife is another of the guests hide spoiler ]. How can this possibly not go south really fast? I saw the movie version of this book when it came out about And the rest of the movie is too. Stand up for your rights! But Lotty tells Rose to let it go.
Wilkins with much serenity, "is to mind. Let it be, and let love and beauty and acceptance work their changes in their own time. Scrap looked up at the pine-tree motionless among stars. Beauty made you love, and love made you beautiful.
She pulled her wrap closer round her with a gesture of defence, of keeping out and off. She felt small and dreadfully alone. She felt uncovered and defenceless.
Instinctively she pulled her wrap closer. With this thing of chiffon she tried to protect herself from the eternities. Scrap bowed her head. It may strike some readers as a bit too sweet and simplistic, but I loved it. Or maybe I just assumed there was an ongoing affair in the movie? Dang, I need to go watch it again.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim – review
Four very different women respond to an advertisement in the Times appealing to "those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine" to rent a small medieval Italian castle for a month. Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot, the original two respondents, are joined in their act of escape by the youthful Lady Caroline, whose beauty and general melodiousness have become something of a burden to her, and the formidable Mrs Fisher, who insists that everyone think of her "just as an old lady with a stick" as she sets about imposing her will on the rest. Each one is vaguely unsatisfied with their lot and Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot both have marriages of quiet English unhappiness. Von Arnim has an eye for small human failings, the little acts of pettiness and selfishness in which most people indulge. She also — perhaps not surprisingly, given her famed German garden — revels in the descriptions of the castle grounds and their beauty and colour. The climate and the castle eventually start to have an effect on the four women. Their perceptions shift and they wake up to the love in their lives.
The Enchanted April