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Monday, December 24, 2012

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows was given to me by a friend who was unloading a cart full of books for me. You know I love when I find something by happenstance.

 Written in epistolary format, this book follows writer Juliet's journey from London to Guernsey. She begins corresponding with the inhabitants of Guernsey, an island off of France, when she is assigned a multi-part article for a large newspaper on the effects of war. Her angle is the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, founded one night when friends sneaking home from dinner after curfew were apprehended by German soldiers and had to quickly come up with a cover. It snowballed from there. Juliet grows to know and love the island's inhabitants and when she journeys out for a visit, she might never return to London.

This was such a lovely holiday-season book. I loved the relationship between Juliet and all of the men in her life. There is her publisher, her American suitor, and the mysterious man on the island. Quite a lady, she is! I loved the backdrop of post-World War II and all of the intricacies of the war introduced and discussed through the letters between Juliet and everyone in her life, from London to Guernsey.

This is a book I passed on to my mom and asked her to pass it on to my brother's girlfriend. From there she will pass it on to another friend. It's just that kind of book. It was a great read to curl up with in front of the fire, getting lost in the past and a time of recovery. I loved the relationships between characters and I was highly satisfied with the ending. I believe this is what you would call a recommendation.


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