First Line Friday–The Enchanted April

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

There’s something about April, most likely the weather, that makes me long to re-read The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim.  The call of “wisteria and sunshine” ensnares Lotty Wilkins to the point that she approaches a near stranger in her club, and so begins a most languid adventure abroad for four English women who are otherwise trapped by their circumstances.  Away from the pressures of their London lives, and after being joined by the men they left behind, their Enchanted April is, to use Lotty’s words, a “tub of love.”

Here is the (rather long) first line:


 “It began in a woman’s club in London on a February afternoon–an uncomfortable club, and a miserable afternoon–when Mrs. Wilkins, who had come down from Hampstead to shop and had lunched at her club, took up The Times from the table in the smoking room, and running her listless eye down the Agony Column saw this:

To Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine.

     Small mediaeval Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be Let Furnished for the month of April.  Necessary servants remain. Z, Box 1000, the Times..

As I have in the past few years, I plan to follow up my re-read (I do love the cover of this 2007 reprint from New York Review Books) of this gently paced mood piece first published in 1922 with a re-watch of the 1991 film adaptation.  While it doesn’t let you as far in on the inner thoughts and attitudes of each individual, it captures the spirit of the characters and the mood of the book so very well.

Now it’s your turn…

Join me in opening your current read or the book nearest to you and sharing the first line in the comments, then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating and join in on the fun there, too.  You’ll find that today’s theme is “Floral,” a happy coincidence with the book I’ve chosen to share today.

Happy Friday!


28 thoughts on “First Line Friday–The Enchanted April

  1. I’ve lived in London in February. It is often the coldest and most miserable month, so I can see the appeal of a small castle in Italy!

    I’m sharing the first line from Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller on my blog today—a wonderful Christian Regency romance.

    But today I’m sharing the first line of the book I’m currently reading – an advance copy of Falling for You by Becky Wade. It doesn’t release until 1 May, but I loved True to You and I have no self-control when it comes to Becky Wade, so here are the opening lines:

    “I discovered a secret.”
    Corbin Stewart looked sharply at twelve-year-old Charlotte Dixon. “What kind of a secret?”

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    1. I moved a state south partly to get warmer weather (I was in the Seattle area), so can empathize!
      Oh, yes, Becky Wade…I’m trying so hard to resist requesting it from NetGalley & you are not helping ;D Thanks for sharing!


  2. Sounds like an interesting read!

    The book I’m featuring on my blog today is ‘Shadows of Hope’ by Georgiana Daniels, but I’m going to share the first line of my current read here: The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart:

    “Toren Daniels rolled over in bed and light pierced his closed eyelids, which meant five a.m. had come and gone.”

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  3. Happy Friday!

    My FLF comes from a book im starting soon, Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter……

    Playing house was just a little too easy for Hope Daniels. Her special chicken casserole waited in the oven, covered with foil; butter beans were simmering on the stovetop; and the yeasty smell of baked rolls hung in the air.

    Have a great weekend!😀

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    MAY 1659

    The babe’s crying would rip her heart to shreds if she had to listen to it one more minute. – The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

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  5. Oh, intriguing (and lengthy) first line. Who wouldn’t love a castle in Italy?

    I’m currently reading the First Love Forever Collection, so I’ll share the first line from the current novella I’m in, Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer Uhlarik:

    Travis McCaffrey stared at the front door of the mansion before him.

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  6. The book I’m highlighting on my blog is The Mistress of Rosemere by Sarah Ladd. I will share here the first line of Chapter 11, which I’m currently reading. “A flurry of activity swirled in the recovering Rosemere.” Wishing you a blessed weekend.

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  7. Happy Friday! My first line is from Joel C. Rosenberg’s book The Kremlin Conspiracy:

    “Louisa Sherbatov had just turned six, but she would never turn seven.”

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  8. Sounds like an interesting book. I will have to check it out.

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Rachael Anderson’s newest Regency novel, My Sister’s Intended. It’s an excellent book I highly recommend. Here I will share the first three lines from the novel I’m currently reading, Not Abandoned by MacKenzie Morganthal.

    “It was a prison like none other. With boarded windows and a tall fence, I’d almost forgotten what it looked like outside. The bars that caged me in were strong, but not as strong as the bars I’d put up around my heart.”

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  9. Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron but I’m sharing the book I’m currently (re)reading to get ready for the new Hallmark movie this weekend Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck: “What did he say? The storm gusts moving over the Atlantic must have garbled his words.” Hope you have a blessed weekend!

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  10. A holiday in an Italian Castle sounds lovely right now!

    Happy Friday!

    My first lines come from J Kenner’s Justify Me.

    “I should never have let him get close, this man who swept into my life like living flame, beautifully wild and dangerously enticing.”

    If you stop by my blog, I am featuring lines from Susan Stoker’s Rescuing Sadie.


  11. I’m going to show the first line of The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo:
    Mama may have been named for the great-grandmother who traveled from England on the Mayflower, but the fact certainly did not keep her in the land of her birth.

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  12. Happy Friday! My first lines:

    “The Humpback Bridge had stood for almost a millennium, the sole link between the nations of Rhannon and Rhylla. It was an impressive sight; at the bridge’s peak it curved over one hundred feet above the River Archior, spanning a vast body of water that flowed aquamarine in summer and gravestone grey in Winter.”

    It really sounds like a tale right?

    It’s from State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury.

    I’m nearly finished and if you love some fantasy in all shades of grey and …sorrow it’s the book you need.

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