The Enchanted April

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It began in a Woman's Club in London on a February afternoon-an uncomfortable club, and a miserable afternoon-when Mrs. Wilkins, who had come down from Hampstead to shop and had lunched at her club, took up The Times from the table in the smoking-room, and running her listless eye down the Agony Column saw this:
To Those Who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine. Small mediaeval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be Let furnished ...
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It began in a Woman's Club in London on a February afternoon-an uncomfortable club, and a miserable afternoon-when Mrs. Wilkins, who had come down from Hampstead to shop and had lunched at her club, took up The Times from the table in the smoking-room, and running her listless eye down the Agony Column saw this:
To Those Who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine. Small mediaeval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be Let furnished for the month of April. Necessary servants remain. Z, Box 1000, The Times.
That was its conception; yet, as in the case of many another, the conceiver was unaware of it at the moment.
So entirely unaware was Mrs. Wilkins that her April for that year had then and there been settled for her that she dropped the newspaper with a gesture that was both irritated and resigned, and went over to the window and stared drearily out at the dripping street.
Not for her were mediaeval castles, even those that are specially described as small. Not for her the shores in April of the Mediterranean, and the wisteria and sunshine. Such delights were only for the rich. Yet the advertisement had been addressed to persons who appreciate these things, so that it had been, anyhow addressed too to her, for she certainly appreciated them; more than anybody knew; more than she had ever told. But she was poor. In the whole world she possessed of her very own only ninety pounds, saved from year to year, put by carefully pound by pound, out of her dress allowance. She had scraped this sum together at the suggestion of her husband as a shield and refuge against a rainy day. Her dress allowance, given her by her father, was £100 a year, so that Mrs. Wilkins's clothes were what her husband, urging her to save, called modest and becoming, and her acquaintance to each other, when they spoke of her at all, which was seldom for she was very negligible, called a perfect sight.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781169288324
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    Enjoyed reading this book

    Four women from totally different backgrounds vacation together at a remote castle in Italy. Their lives are all transformed over the course of the month. All find love. The ending was a little abrupt for me, but a very nice read.

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    Posted February 20, 2012

    Love this

    I watched the movie before I read the book and though the film was beautiful the book is much better.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    highly recommended

    A beautifully executed movie was done based on this book a number of years ago. It followed the book fairly faithfully. The book is beautifully written, with no unnecessary words or filler. It really is a classic.

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