Must Read: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

It’s been a long time since I’ve read such a wonderful book! Having just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I’m still smiling and thinking about all of the characters. If I had the time and of course the money, I’d be booking a trip for Guernsey right this very minute.

Set in London and the island of Guernsey, this novel follows Juliet as she becomes friends with the inhabitants (who created the Literary Society) of the island shortly after the end of World War II. The novel is told in epistolary style. Juliet learns of the German occupied island and its deprivations, as well as the resounding spirit of the people who live there. As she writes, she becomes more and more intrigued with the stories of the people who survived the hard times, and she decides to create a book based on their experiences. In order to gather more information, Juliet moves temporarily to Guernsey so she thinks.

This is absolutely one of the greatest books I’ve read all year. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows created wonderful characters and also relationships that are unique. I love Juliet’s humor along with her genuine and heart-warming personality. Be sure to pay attention to the characters because it can get a tad confusing but once it all clicks you wont be able to put this book down. The pages will start flying by, especially when you start Part II.

As Elizabeth Gilbert quotes on the cover of this book, “Treat yourself to this book, please —I can’t recommend it highly enough.” It’s true and I wouldn’t have quoted her if I didn’t mean it.

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  1. Bonnie- amour amour

    I recently read this book and absolutely loved it! I was even sad when it finished.

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