The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
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Not all of us have the luxury to spend a month in the glorious Italian countryside, but von Arnim's novel is the next best thing...happiness is one of the hardest emotions to capture on the page.
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"The Enchanted April" is the story of four women who spend a month vacationing in Italy at the Tuscan Villa, San Salvatore. Together these women rent an Italian castle on the Mediterranean coast and experience a reawakening in life through their shared experiences there. Readers will delight in reading "The Enchanted April," a truly inspiring tale and one of Elizabeth Von Arnim's best.
 

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Elizabeth von Arnim (1866-1941) was born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia. Her first book, the autobiographical novel Elizabeth and Her German Garden-inspired by the grounds of the estate she shared with her husband, Count Henning August von Arnim-was an enormous success. After the death of her first husband, Elizabeth married Francis the second Earl Russell, brother of Bertrand Russell. It was a disastrous marriage and the two eventually separated. Von Arnim moved to the US at the start of World War II, and spent her final years there.Cathleen Schine has received wide acclaim for her five previous novels: Alice in Bed, To the Birdhouse, The Evolution of Jane, and the international bestsellers Rameau's Niece and The Love Letter, both of which were made into feature films. She lives in New York City.
 
Published November 27, 1991 by Virago. 234 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Self Help, Travel, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Madeline Miller on May 21 2012

Not all of us have the luxury to spend a month in the glorious Italian countryside, but von Arnim's novel is the next best thing...happiness is one of the hardest emotions to capture on the page.

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