The Enchanted April – Elizabeth von Arnim

The Enchanted April was a book I kept waiting to read, especially in April. Fortunately, I did; otherwise, the sun and happiness coming out of the book might drive me crazy with jealousy. Elizabeth von Arnim’s most famous novel, this book will be enjoyed by anyone who wants to feel good.


The Enchanted April is both a bit of a summer book and a bit of a “feel good” book. But it also manages to be an excellent literary book. The book is about four different women who do not know each other and spend the month of April in a castle in San Salvatore, Italy. We watch them change with the beautiful air of San Salvatore, the flowers that smell like heaven, the sea view, the comfort and a thousand kinds of features that make people feel good.

The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim

After the depressing atmosphere of London, San Salvatore, with the help of spring surrounding the whole place with all its beauty, impressed me as much as it affected the characters in the book. While I was reading the book, I took frequent breaks to look at flower photographs and searched for small and lovely castles in Italy. I found a little bit of myself in each character and started to change slowly with them.

The Enchanted April is a book that makes people feel good. Especially if you are going to escape to a quiet place on the weekend, I would say take this book with you. Otherwise, you can read it in a corner where the sun fills your house with all its beauty. You may still want to place a small bouquet in your vase. Enjoy!

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The Enchanted April

Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot, cowed and neglected by their husbands, make a daring plan: they will have a holiday. Leaving a drab and rainy London one April and arriving on the shores of the Mediterranean, they discover a flower-filled paradise of beauty, warmth and leisure. Joined by the beautiful Lady Caroline and domineering Mrs Fisher, also in flight from the burdens of their daily lives, the four women proceed to transform themselves and their prospects.

Elizabeth von Arnim

Elizabeth von Arnim, born Mary Annette Beauchamp, was an Australian-born British novelist. She married a German aristocrat and her best-known works are set in Germany.

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