Friday, June 19, 2015

Review: The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Armin

The Enchanted April
by Elizabeth von Armin

Pages: 232
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Four women, all strangers, escape the dismal English weather for a month-long retreat in an Italian villa. Once there, the company of the other women along with the "wisteria and sunshine" brings each character to a heartening realization about herself.

Kritters Thoughts:  A classic that I had never read (don't be fooled, I haven't read that many!)  I read this book in preparation to read the modern retelling (review to come tomorrow).  

As the description above explains, there are four women who are strangers all end up in a vacation home together.  The storyline was great.  These four women had such great personalities and throwing them in a home was sort of like watching the classic Real World before the drinking and the sex got out of hand!  

As most classics go, the language in this book was difficult and not an easy weekend read; I had to spend many hours slowly reading this one, so my hopes is that the modern retelling just reads easier.  But the classic presented a great story and as I read was modern for the time for women to vacation without their husbands.  I loved reading this book as a "progressive" book.

I can't wait to share my thoughts tomorrow on Enchanted August.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Viking/Penguin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. I've seen the film, which was good, but slow but never read the book. I have the new Enchanted August on my list, though.

  2. I have never seen the film, I should watch it to make a full experience!


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