The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim was originally published in 1922 and it’s a gem of a novel. It begins on a rainy day with Mrs. Wilkins day-dreaming about renting an Italian medieval castle for the month of April that she has just read about in an ad. A holiday that brings four unlikely women together and rejuvenates their perspective on life, love connections, and their souls. Coincidence, fate, serendipity… this novel is a delicate flower and perfectly wonderful in every way imaginable.
Arnim’s writing is witty, warm, and inviting. Each woman is distinctly brought to life on the page and it was enchanting to see their lives blossom on the Italian Riviera. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book after seeing the movie about five years ago but I’m glad because the film wasn’t fresh in my mind and I was truly able to fall in love with just the novel. (But I can’t wait to see the story come to life on screen again!) After a long, deary winter this was just the kind of read to pick me up, I don’t know if an actual vacation could have done me any better. I just LOVE this book.