The Enchanted April

From the publisher:

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY BRENDA BOWEN. Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot, cowed and neglected by their husbands, make a daring plan: they will have a holiday. Leaving a drab and rainy London one April and arriving on the shores of the Mediterranean, they discover a flower-filled paradise of beauty, warmth and leisure. Joined by the beautiful Lady Caroline and domineering Mrs Fisher, also in flight from the burdens of their daily lives, the four women proceed to transform themselves and their prospects.

John recommends:

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim is one of the most joyful books I've read – funny and weightless and sun-drenched and deeply moving. The perfect read for a dismal English Spring.

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