The Enchanted April = Red Pin
Journeyed from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada to Groningen, The Netherlands
Distance Traveled = 3793 mi / 6104 km
Total Distance Traveled to Date = 7895 mi / 12705 km
Guest Post #2
Sandie lee from Ontario, Canada
I received word today that Iris at Iris on Books has received her package from Sandie lee at Imagination Cafe-Blog so I can now post Sandie lee's guest post about her Book Read 'Round the World Experience! After you finish reading, please check out both Iris and Sandie lee's awesome blogs!
Because Sandie lee edits a children's blog, her review for The Enchanted April is listed right before her guest post since the content would not be appropriate for her blog.
Sandie lee's Review of The Enchanted April
Could getting away from your everyday life actually leave you a changed person?
Four very different women all answer the same advertisement in The Times...
"... those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine…" are about to embark on more than a simple vacation to the Italian Riviera.
They're about to learn some very valuable lessons about themselves and the people around them.
San Salvatore, a medieval castle calls to Mrs. Wilkins, Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Fisher and Lady Caroline Dester, who are all in desperate need of something; but what?
Husbands, loneliness, depression and cynicism are all part of the baggage that lands these women in the midst of a beautiful, old, magical castle. Can they heed it's calling and tugging at their hearts? Will they actually grab onto a new way of thinking and a new way of life? Find out in, The Enchanted April.
This book was a wonderful read, written is a style that's long been forgotten, Elizabeth Von Armin, not only weaves a clever story, she also reminds us of what writing is all about.
Check out, The Enchanted April on Amazon.com or wherever classic books are sold.
Rikki asked some questions on her blog post about The Enchanted April for Sandie lee:
1. Mrs. Arbuthnot is thinking the following early on in the book. Do you agree with her statement?
To answer your questions, Rikki, I agree with Mrs. Arbuthnot, somewhat. Not sure I'd want to be missed just for the work I do, or meals I provide..."To be missed, to be needed, from whatever motive, was, she thought, better than the complete loneliness of not being missed or needed at all."
2. Do you think that a mere change of location, beautiful as it may be, can cause such a profound change in people that they come back home transformed in a way as in the book?
Also, I do believe a magical place with all the beauty of nature and solitude the castle provided, could indeed change ones look out of his/her life - it would give you time to reflect and ponder.
I’m the Blog Editor for Imagination-Café Blog (http://imaginationcafeblog.blogspot.com) – a cross-promotional blog for Imagination-café ezine – http://imagination-cafe.com
This has been a wonderful experience for me. I received from Rikki of Nuremberg, Germany, a beautiful book bag that says – lieber lesen (I’d rather be reading), several bookmarks, one being of the poem, ‘Loreley” by poet Heinrich Heine. I also received a beautiful card explaining everything and a refrigerator magnet of the Nuremberg Imperial Castle.
I was asked these questions…
1) Over here we always think Canada is mostly nature, lots of forest, few people (at least compared to Germany. Is that so where you live?
Canada does offer a lot of untamed wilderness, however, we do have our large cities. My city is relatively small with only 75,000 people. We live surrounded by the Canadian Shield - Large rocks and forest - so we do indeed have lots of trees and small lakes/rivers. And of course the Saint Mary's River where the large freighter ships pass along.
2) How is it to live in a bilingual country? Does everyone have to speak both languages? Can you get by with only one of them? Do both groups of people (the ones who speak English or French originally) get along just fine or is there any tension?
Good questions! For the most part, there's really no noticeable difference. I don't speak French, as most people don't in my city and it's fine. However, our government did establish a law that all government office employees must be bilingual and also all the road signs.
Not really a lot of tension between cultures in my city. We are kind of a melting pot of cultures here - French, Italian, Native Canadians, Asian etc. So we all mostly communicate in English and get along as a society.
I learned from my snippets that German folks normally do read books in the German language, however, some do read and speak in English. In addition, I learned that Nuremburg has been rebuilt since it was destroyed in WWII, more beautifully and to visit the Church of St. Lawrence as well as the country inns for fabulous Franconian home cooking.
I absolutely fretted about my choice of gifts to send. Rikki did such a beautiful job with her choices, I was totally second guessing mine, - I actually think it took me longer to buy the gifts than read the book. I wanted the gifts to really show our Canadian culture and to be a wonderful surprise for the next recipient.
The Book Read ‘Round the World Event was wonderful, educational, and so much fun. I looked forward to getting my package and reading the book as well as sending it off to the Netherlands. I learned it isn’t easy to sum up ones city in a small package and it forced me to take a hard look at what I wanted to say about Canada and Ontario.
This experience has been so much fun, we’re thinking of implementing it on Imagination-Café magazine, for the kids – what better way to encourage reader and also foster goodwill with other countries?
One Sentence Review
Four very different British women embark on a journey to a small, medieval castle in Italy. Will they be willing and able to put aside their differences to co-habitat? Will the “magical” powers of the castle change them forever? Find out in. “The Enchanted April.”