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Set on a picture-perfect island in Maine, a sparkling summer debut that offers listeners a universal fantasy: one glorious month away from it all.

On a dreary spring day in Brooklyn, Lottie Wilkinson and Rose Arbuthnot spot an ad on their children's preschool bulletin board:

Hopewell Cottage

Little Lost Island, Maine.

Old, pretty cottage to rent on a small island.

Springwater, blueberries, sea glass.

August.

Neither can afford it, but they are smitten - Lottie could use a break from her overbearing husband and Rose from her relentless twins. On impulse they decide to take the place and attract two others to share the steep rent: Caroline Dester, an indie movie star who's getting over a very public humiliation, and elderly Beverly Fisher, who's recovering from heartbreaking loss. If it's not a perfect quartet, surely it will be fine for a month in the country.

When they 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 this 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?

With a cast of endearingly imperfect characters and set against the beauty of a gorgeous New England summer, Enchanted August brilliantly updates the beloved classic The Enchanted April in a novel of love and reawakening that is simply irresistible.

©2015 Brenda Bowen (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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