A discreet advertisement in The Times lures four very different women away from the dismal British weather to San Salvatore, a castle high above a bay on the sunny Italian Riviera. There, the Mediterranean spirit stirs the souls of Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Wilkins, Lady Caroline Dester and Mrs Fisher, and remarkable changes occur
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"An enchanting novel, witty, touching and very perceptively written, which will sweep you into wisteria and sunshine"||"Elizabeth von Armin's most charming novel in every sense: it casts a spell...a sun-washed fairytale"
Observer||"A warm and uplifting book. (Very different from the kind I write!)...I remain in awe of a writer who can produce an enthralling story out of so little. When I'm plotting my books, I think of Von Arnim, and try to balance the dark with some lighter characterisation."||"Filled with hazy hills and fragrant flora, the novel is a dreamily sensuous description of the glories of Italian spring"
Mail on Sunday||"This delicious confection will work its magic on all"
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY BRENDA BOWEN
'Brims with magic and laughter'Guardian
A notice inThe Timesaddressed to 'Those Who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine' advertises a 'small medieval Italian castle to be let for the month of April'. Four very different women take up the offer: Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Arbuthnot, both fleeing unappreciative husbands; beautiful Lady Caroline, sick of being 'grabbed' by lovesick men; and the imperious, ageing Mrs Fisher. On the shores of the Mediterranean, beauty, warmth and leisure weave their spell, and nothing will ever be the same again.
See also:Enchanted Augustby Brenda Bowen