Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

About the book:

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

I was drawn to this book from the start from it's quirky title, rave reviews and the knowledge that it was an epistolary novel. I adore books like this that are told in letters. This book is reminiscent of 84 Charring Cross Road to me. It was a charming book that described events in a fictional way during a most horrific time in our history during the Nazi occupations of WWII. Despite the atrocities that occurred during the occupation of this island there is redemption by love and life that continues to go on and survives and thrives. The characters were enchanting and I fell in love with them as did Juliet. While reading this book, I found there were times of sadness , grief and tears as well as times of laugh out loud humor in the journey that the characters take you on. You'll have to read the book to find out why this literary society has their quirky name as I won't spoil it for you here! I highly recommend this wonderful novel, please grab a copy soon and enjoy the journey.

The backstory about the authors is another interesting but sad story so be sure to read about it here on the authors website.


  1. Hey Bonnie! Wasn't this just a great read!?! Here in the blogosphere I haven't read a review of dislike yet. I so wish for more.

  2. I have seen one post by someone who wasn't enjoying it, but that's it! I know I loved it!

  3. Glad you enjoyed it, Bonnie :~)

  4. Hey Bonnie, I haven't read your review because I just got this from the library and am going to start it tonight. I just fast forwarded to where you said you liked it-I'm glad. I hope I do too!

  5. I'm anxious to read this one. I haven't seen a bad review of it yet!


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