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 originally picked this book up because of its name. It was fifty cents at a book sale to help a hospital in my area. At the time I didn’t know about all of the acclamations it had, but when my sister raved about it, I had to move it up my reading list. And this book didn’t disappoint. It was funny and sweet, and it was also sad at the same time. It never made me lose interest. Even though I’d consider this book chick-lit, it’s a lot more than that. It takes real skill to make a post-Holocaust story humorous without undermining the horror of World War II. But Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows were able to make it perfectly. I’d recommend this story to anyone, but especially those who like humor and romance.
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