The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

What a beautiful book! I didn’t want it to end, and when I did finish it, I was tempted to go back to the beginning and start again.

The story is set just after World War II. During the war, Juliet Ashton worked as a war journalist and is trying to find her way as a writer in devastated London now that the war is over. She receives a letter from a Guernsey resident, Dawsey Adams, who has found a book that she once owned, and from this initial letter, they start to correspond. When Juliet expresses an interest in the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society that was started during the war, other members (and non-members) of the society start to write to her about the society and their experiences during the German occupation of Guernsey.

The book is written as a series of letters, so we get to know each of the characters individually from the letters that they write. And, when Juliet travels to Guernsey to meet her new friends, we get to know them as a group, and get to hear some of the stories that were too tragic for the people to tell.

Juliet’s trip to Guernsey finally gives her the material she has been looking for to write the book she has been wanting to write, and also completely changes her life.

I found the book very heart-warming and written in a style that was very easy to read. I’d highly recommend it if you are in the mood for feeling warm and fuzzy. I actually found myself laughing out loud several times. Some of the situations portrayed were completely ridiculous, but exactly the sort of thing you can imagine happening.

For a story about war occupation containing lots of humour and love, I was reminded of ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’. (Although it was many years ago that I read it, so I could be completely wrong.)

 

Book Published 2009

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