The Enchanted April (Warbler Classics Annotated Edition) (Paperback)
One of my favorite books from childhood is The Secret Garden, which shows the healing effect nature can have on the body as well as the spirit. Published just a decade later, The Enchanted April reminds me very much of The Secret Garden if it had been written for a grown-up audience: all of the earnestness, more complicated interpersonal drama. At the same time, the prose has the same sort of tongue-in-cheek humor one finds in Jane Austen. It's a sweet, lighthearted book, rich in both comedy and lush descriptions of an Italian spring.— Kaley
Beguiling, witty, and gently comedic, The Enchanted April tells the tale of four very different women who escape dreary London for an Italian castle in Portofino, shortly after World War I. Elizabeth von Arnim's ageless novel compellingly responds to the eternal question of how to achieve happiness in life. An immediate best seller upon its first publication, the story of unlikely female friendship, newfound empowerment, rekindled love, and unexpected romance has been adapted for stage and screen, including a 1991 Oscar-nominated film, and a Tony-nominated play in 2003. This much-beloved book appeals to anyone who appreciates the sly charm of Downton Abbey and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
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