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  1. Suzanne
    Suzanne April 29, 2010 at 8:20 am |

    This sounds really good — I’m going to check it out.
    Thanks for the review.
    .-= Suzanne´s last post on blog ..The Queen of Palmyra =-.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid April 30, 2010 at 6:11 am |

      Suzanne, I think it is :) Enjoy!

  2. Amanda
    Amanda April 29, 2010 at 8:24 am |

    This sounds really interesting! I can well relate to the feeling of never getting away. Jason and I went on our first weekend out without the kids in March, but it was just a night trip. We haven’t had a full vacation together, sans kids, since Morrigan was born in 2000. We’re really due for a vacation, but I’m not sure how we’ll manage it…
    .-= Amanda´s last post on blog ..Blue is for Nightmares (series – Part I), by Laurie Faria Stolarz =-.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid April 30, 2010 at 6:16 am |

      Amanda, oh dear, sounds like you two need to get away! Definitely due for a vacation!

      We’ve taken off for an overnight before, but I never really counted that as “vacation” since I was never away from my son for more than 24 hours…

  3. Stefanie
    Stefanie April 29, 2010 at 8:50 am |

    I read Enchanted April last year and absolutely adored it. It is a book that you cannot help but feel happy while reading it. Even my husband loved it. The movie is pretty good too though of course they change a few things.
    .-= Stefanie´s last post on blog ..Orion You Came and You Took All My Marbles =-.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid April 30, 2010 at 6:17 am |

      Stefanie, I totally agree re: the feel happy while reading it. It was just the right time for me to read it too, since I’ve been reading long and dense and depressing books like Crime and Punishment this month!

  4. Amy
    Amy April 29, 2010 at 8:55 am |

    I agree with comments above. It sounds really interesting. Defining the characters as Mrs. so-and-so and keeping them tied to their husbands would really, I think, point to the fact that they are dependent on them. I feel rather lucky sometimes reading comments that I am single with no kids – I feel so free sometimes!
    .-= Amy´s last post on blog ..Review: Reflections on Islam by George Jonas =-.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid April 30, 2010 at 6:18 am |

      Amy, I definitely had a lot more freedom when I was single — I’m glad I got the chance to travel a lot. Since I don’t get to anymore!

  5. Steph
    Steph April 29, 2010 at 9:47 am |

    What fortuitous timing! Tony and I just watched this movie and did a podcast about it… Unfortunately, I didn’t think the movie was all that great, but I suspected the book was probably better. There was something oddly (but perhaps inadvertently) campy about the film, and the women did not come across as well defined to me. It does sound like the book is worth reading; I think we can all do with the reminder that it is worth making time to recharge ourselves!
    .-= Steph´s last post on blog ..What We Watched: April 12 – April 27 =-.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid April 30, 2010 at 6:25 am |

      Steph, oh no, sorry you didn’t like the movie! As for “campy,” well, the book is a little too. But I loved it. It was just what I needed — a feel good book about how women need space.

  6. Nymeth
    Nymeth April 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm |

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Rebecca! It’s one of my favourite reads of the year so far. I agree that even though we fortunately have more options today, those feelings of entrapment are still a reality in many women’s lives.
    .-= Nymeth´s last post on blog ..Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin =-.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid April 30, 2010 at 6:29 am |

      Nymeth, even though I do get out (and work one day a week, etc.) sometimes I too feel similarly! I never truly get a vacation from being a mommy. So yeah, it definitely spoke to me on many levels.

  7. JoAnn
    JoAnn April 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

    The Enchanted April was one of my favorites last year. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, too! The movie is definitely worth watching, even though it’s nowhere near as good as the book. The scenery was gorgeous.
    .-= JoAnn´s last post on blog ..South of Broad by Pat Conroy =-.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid April 30, 2010 at 6:29 am |

      JoAnn, I’m looking forward to seeing the scenery in the movie. Glad you liked the book too!

  8. litlove
    litlove April 30, 2010 at 2:40 am |

    I loved this book, and much as I felt it was about the healing power of a beautiful place, it also seemed to me to be about the capacity for very different people to bring fresh perspectives into each other’s lives. I’d like Mrs Wilkins as my friend!
    .-= litlove´s last post on blog ..He Ain’t Heavy =-.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid April 30, 2010 at 6:30 am |

      Litlove, great point — I loved the fresh perspectives each woman discovered and I’m with you on Mrs. Wilkins. I hope when she went home, she didn’t get all scared of her husband again…

  9. Karenlibrarian
    Karenlibrarian April 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm |

    I saw the movie when it first came out and loved it, but I only got around to reading the book last year. It was even better than I hoped. I also loved Elizabeth in Her German Garden, which is a nonfiction work by Elizabeth von Arnim, describing her life in a country house in Germany (she married a German nobleman). It’s wonderful. I just wish I could find more of her books in print here in the U.S.!
    .-= Karenlibrarian´s last post on blog ..Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier =-.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid May 3, 2010 at 6:18 am |

      Karen, The movie is on the way to me from Netflix! Yeay, I’m glad you liked it so much.

  10. Katrina
    Katrina May 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm |

    The Enchanted April is my ‘comfort’ book (along with Rebecca), I loved E in her German Garden too. Vera, Christopher and Colombus, In the Mountains and the rest are all worth trying to get a hold of. As a stay at home mum who never did get any time away from the kids, now grown up, just reading Enchanted was my vacation time.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid May 3, 2010 at 6:19 am |

      Katrina, reading is my vacation time too — and I’m with you on Enchanted April being a great book for that!

  11. Lula O
    Lula O May 5, 2010 at 7:29 pm |

    One of my all time favorite reads. Someday I’d love to see “where even the very clouds are fat.” Other than how she ends it for Scrap (I thought it a little to convenient) I think the description of women at different stages of their lives is spot on. Who doesn’t have a friend or relative like the ladies in this book?
    Great review!

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid May 6, 2010 at 6:56 am |

      Lula O, isn’t it fun! I’m glad I found it, and yes, I would LOVE some friends like this!

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