Thursday, July 22, 2010

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

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Random House, 2008
288 pages
*I borrowed this book from the library.

Summary: Shortly after WWII, writer Juliet Ashton befriends the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.

Review: I absolutely loved this novel. It is a wonderful light, easy read that just transports you to another time and place. Told completely through letters, the characters (especially Juliet) shine through the page and give the novel a light and breezy tone. The story of a community living through the Occupation is an upbeat survivors tale with a little history mixed in. All of the society members are wonderfully unique individuals that the reader can easily love. I definitely recommend this novel. Rating: ***** out of 5.


Sue Jackson said...

Glad you enjoyed it so much! I did, too.


Jess said...

Loved it, Sue! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Marlene Detierro said...

The book reminded me of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency for its charm in characters and it reminded me of The Help for the story being written about the story being written and it reminded me of The Book Thief for the way it grips you and forces you to stay put and read about the war... and you want to stay put and finish it.

It's a book worth owning in hardcover.

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