Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Publisher: Dial Press
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
From the back cover:
January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.
I have heard so many wonderful things about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society that I was almost nervous to actually pick it up and read it. At the same time, I knew I wanted to read a very special book as my 200th book of the year, so I decided to go ahead and give The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a chance. I was hoping it would live up to my high expectations, and I wasn’t disappointed. This wonderful little book is an absolute joy to read!
I wasn’t sure about the epistolary format of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – the entire thing is written in letters. However, I was surprised to see that there was still very good character development. Because Juliet gets to know the main characters through letters, I felt like I got to know them right along with her. Additionally, the letters made for very easy and relaxing reading. In some ways, it was simpler than reading a full novel.
I also loved the vivid imagery of the island of Guernsey. The description of life there during World War II, when they were occupied by the Nazis, is very eye-opening, though sometimes difficult to read. However, it is never burdensome; these letters always have light and hope at their hearts.
The small island community of Guernsey is difficult to resist. I can completely understand why Juliet falls in love with the life and people there. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a sweet, engaging, and well-written book that anyone, regardless of age or gender, would enjoy. I highly recommend it!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review.