Project WW II, Review

Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey?
Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books
that brings them to their perfect readers.”

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January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

I love this book so very, very much. It warms my heart every time I think about it and since I read it for the first time, five years ago, I want nothing more than to set sail for Guernsey.

There aren’t a lot of books that I’ve read more than once. Harry Potter of course but other than that I think there are only five or six. The reason I love rereading this book is the atmosphere. I read this book and the world around me disappears. Suddenly I’m surrounded by these people, part of their story.

This whole book is made up of letters. Juliet is either the one who writes them or receives them. As the main character, she takes you from boring London, where she is stuck in a life she doesn’t want, to the island of Guernsey, where she discovers a story so good that it just has to be told.

This book has a bit of everything. Humor, history and romance being the main themes. If you like your books a bit different, you might want to give this one a try. (I have noticed that this book is a bit “Hit or Miss” but I can only hope that you’re on the “Hit” side)

As for me, I’m already planning my next reread.

Love

Ellen

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