Published by Viking Penguin on June 2, 2015
Hopewell Cottage; Little Lost Island; Maine; Old, pretty cottage to rent on a small island; Springwater; blueberries; sea glass. August.
So reads and ad on Lottie Wilkes´ and Rose Arbuthnot´s children´s preschool bulletin board.
When the mothers arrive on the island, they are transformed by the salt air; the breathtaking views; the long, lazy days; and the happy routine of lobster, corn, and cocktails on the wraparound porch. By the time of the late-August blue moon, real life and its complications have finally fallen far, far away. For on his idyllic island they gradually begin to open up: to one another and to the possibilities of lives quite different from the ones they´ve been leading. Change can´t be that hard, can it?
My ReviewAnd here I have to say, that, although the cover is created in a very simple and naïve way, the German edition looks much better than the original cover does. So advantage here for that.
Enchanted August is a soft novel, with very different characters who come together at a house for a few weeks and which come from totally different lives.
Enchanted August is a novel I call a-in-between-read. You don´t have to think as a reader, you don´t need to keep in mind what was written a few pages before. It doesn´t matter because the story as well as the figures don´t require much of your attention. Everything is handled so simple, so easy to follow, so average. Don´t misinterpret me, I am not saying that this book isn´t worth being read. It is, if you are in for such books.
Rose is kind of frustrated that she put her dreams, her life and even her work behind the success of her husband. She seems like a woman who has no own head to think, no own will to act and no own self-assurance at all. With a house all to herself on a beautiful island and enough time to think things over, one would think that at some point she will stand up for herself and say “stop, enough”. Not Rose.
*I read the German edition new release May 25, 2016 by Fischer
Brenda Bowen, born in Philadelphia, grew up in England, is a literary agent and Children´s author. She lives in New York and spends her summer holidays on an Island very much like Little Lost Island.