The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von ArnimPenguin Books made this book available to me, and to be honest, I was a bit confused as to why they would pop this one into my read-list. I do not usually read this sort of book. The whole “four women go away to get to know themselves again” just doesn’t interest me. Personal tastes, not that it is a bad genre – it is simply not something I find enthralling. But this one surprised me. Another reviewer stated that books of this genre are often dismissed as “sentimental trifle.” I suppose that has been my thought as well. Well, this shows me!

“The Enchanted April” is set on the shores of the Italian Mediterranean, a land of breathtaking beauty, a perfect setting for this story. Lotty and Rose, Mrs. Fisher and Scrap. All have problems in their lives, all have battles they have fought, and often lost. The story is filed with each of the women finding realization, new meanings, and even hope.

I don’t think I will ever become a complete fan of the genre, it simply isn’t ‘me’. But this book was highly enjoyable.

This book was provided to me by Penguin Publishing in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

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