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The Enchanted April is a story set in the time after world war 1 about four women set to venture out. The story starts when Lotty Wilkins, wilted but not empty in spirit, found an advertisement in the London Times one damp and miserable February afternoon regarding a small medieval Italian castle on the shoes of the Mediterranean to be let, furnished, for the month of April, which she could not resist. The notice beckoned "to Those Who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine" and Mrs. Wilkins certainly needed sunshine in her life. Her enthusiasm for the place spreads to Mrs. Rose Arbuthnot, a pious woman secretly nursing the pain of lost love, for much as she loves her husband she cannot seem to reconcile the rather unconventional books he writes and her belief in doing right "in God's eyes" and thus they have been estranged for many years. Lotty, too, wishes her marriage might hold more and she longs to escape to a place where she could allow herself to blossom as she has not been able to in her own home. Lotty and Rose soon find two other women to help defray the costs of the villa: elderly Mrs. Fisher, who clings to the past with all the energy left in her frail life, and seems to find more to enjoy in the writings of famous friends long dead than in the vibrancy and youth around her; and Lady Caroline, an incredibility beautiful member of the aristocracy, who wants only to be left to herself but who, despite her attempts at being cold and unfriendly, can be seen only as enchanting and angelic by those around her who continue to "grab" at her in London and prompt her escape Italy.
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When the women arrive abroad, they find that the beauty of the Italian April truly enchants them—and that it begins to make them feel not only more connected with their inner self, but also more generous and loving to the world around them. This, then, is a story of how sometimes getting away from it all brings you back to everything that matters most.
Best part of story, including ending: I love the story so dearly that i don't have words.

Best scene in story: the whole story is my favorite.

The review of this Book prepared by Aastha Sethi a Level 2 American Robin scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes GROUP of women story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Water?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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