Monday, January 23, 2017

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society / Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows / 274 pgs

This was entirely one of the sweetest, nicest books I have ever read. The story concerns Juliet, a woman in her early 30's who lived in London during WWII and wrote a newspaper column about a fictional woman living in London during the Blitz. The columns are turned into a book and she goes on a trip around the country in promotion of her book. However, Juliet is just a little tired and ragged after a long war, so when she receives a letter from a man on the island of Guernsey on the subject of one of their shared favorite authors, a whole new adventure for Juliet begins. The stories of the people living on Guernsey fascinate Juliet. Guernsey is an island in the English Channel that really was occupied by German forces for five years during WWII. In the book, one way the islanders dealt with the challenges of being occupied was to form the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. So, though the circumstances of German occupation really did happen, the characters in this book and the Society they formed are fictional. To tell you how such a society formed and how it got its name would be spoilers. You will have to read for yourself!

The entire book is comprised of letters between Juliet, her publisher, her friend in Scotland, and her new friends on Guernsey. I highly recommend the book if you want a fun read. To say its completely light would be wrong, because of the ravages of war are described within, but it is a heartwarming story and it has a happy ending.

This book fulfilled one of the categories in the ReadHarder challenge: Category #14: Read a book about war
It also fulfills one of the categories in the PopSugar Reading challenge: Category #3: Read a book of letters

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