This book is quite charming. It's a quiet character study of four women taking a brief escape from their everyday lives, by renting a castle in Italy for a month. The descriptions of the villa in Italy are total wish fulfilment for me, and are well-written. The four women are distinct and interesting characters. The male characters are not nearly as sympathetic and the ending is all a bit too convenient, but it was a lovely light read. I'm renting the movie next!