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July 11, 2015

Enchanted August

Enchanted August was...enchanting. {This review is brought to you by books as food, your source for deeply insightful yet pithy literary analysis and criticism. :)}

The author kept the premise, the major plot points, and even the characters' names from The Enchanted April, and that's always where the fun is for me. Lottie and Rose discover the ad for Hopewell Cottage, on Little Lost Island on the Maine coast, on the bulletin board between their children's posh and even posher Brooklyn preschools; Lottie's husband is a hard-working, distant lawyer;  Fred Arbuthnot is a MacArthur genius who has turned to writing trashy bestsellers; Caroline Dester is a beautiful young actress whose career is in tatters; and Beverly Fisher (who is a wonderful character here) is... (but you should find that out for yourself).

It couldn't have held a candle {nothing could have, though} to its ancestor, but as a retelling, it checked all the boxes, and as a entertaining, summery read {or listen}, it could stand up on its own. {The narrator, Sierra Boggess, was very good, and her lively narration added a lot to my enjoyment.}

{The painting is by Laura Knight, found here.}


Lisa said...

I don't think I'm going to be able to resist this one!

JoAnn said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this... it was definitely one of my "guilty pleasures" this year!

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