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Four very different women, with very different reasons for wanting to escape a cold and dreary London, come together to share a month's holiday in a medieval castle. They are brought there by the promise of the advertised 'wisteria and sunshine', but they find so much more than they bargained for, as the place transforms them and changes their lives in ways they could never have expected. The novel is dominated by four wonderfully drawn characters: timid Lotty Wilkins, terrified of her domineering husband; sober and religious Rose Arbuthnot; rigid and judgemental Mrs Fisher; and the breathtakingly beautiful but disillusioned and unhappy Lady Caroline Dester. Von Arnim's story of their transformation under the Italian sun is warm, witty, intelligent, and as enchanting as the title suggests.
Very well read, a lovely story ...so wonderful to listen on a rain Sunday in Iceland :). Somehow I think one will think about this story in years to come...there is more to it than one thinks.
I have seen and loved the movie. Getting to hear the whole story with the wonderful development of the characters has been a joy. Diana K more than did justice to the reading, and I felt truly enchanted. A wonderful story that I highly recommend.
Reading is understandable.The subject is different.I recommend it.
Diana K is the most outstanding reader. I was sad that story had end for she transported right to Italy. I didn't think anyone read better than Trisha G. Both are truly great but Diana K. you have a slight edge.
I listened to this some time ago and have come back to review it because it has kept a special place in my heart. I often think of the line, "It doesn't matter from where the love comes." Such a pleasure to be read this.