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“When our rep from Random House visited the store last month, she said that anyone who read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society would want to talk to someone about it. If she also said that we shouldn’t be fooled by the title–it’s not a fluffy book about Southern ladies baking crazy...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Oh dear! I've been spoiled by all my reading in the classics. The authors of this book came up with a good idea--to tell how the German occupation of the island of Guernsey affected both the islanders and the German soldiers and to work in a love story or two at the same time, all through a...”see full review » see other reviews »
“When I started this book, it was hard to get into. I didn't think I would like it and almost stopped reading it. I am glad I didn't stop. I was well worth the time to read.”Geri Lawrence wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just finished and simply adored this delightful novel. Every word, was wonderful. The dry wit, the humor, the cadence of the story, the colorful characters, particularly, Kit, Isola, Sidney, and of course Elizabeth. How can one not be completely taken in and entranced by Elizabeth McKenna, the one character who is never met in the story, only revealed through memories and brief but essential interactions. Elizabeth is inspiring, brave, and someone who lives inside you and you want to remember forever. The story is like that too. Unusual quirky characters whose stories slowly unfold, their pasts slowly unfold in pieces, as does their present. I loved how Guernsey "works" on people, and how the society made a home, to all these almost mis-fits, who are so powerfully connected to each other, and to living, despite their circumstances and constraints. And of course I loved, what a story, or writing, could do to transform people, or a community, and how their lives were truly both saved and transformed by these stories. Juliet's and then her presence does that for them too. So does Remy. Have you ever heard of a community that just welcomes people who are unknowingly drawn to fill in stories and heal their hearts? Guernsey just got on the map for me, and landed in my heart too, as did this book and its characters. Funny about how stories and reading touches and connects us. Betsy lent/gave (?) me this book over a year ago, and I called her twice in between reading it, and the beat between finishing it and writing this review. Betsy and I share our own "society' of unusual folks and have shared reading and writing and stories for years, and I love that this book and others connects us. Juliet, and Elizabeth, and Anne Barrows, (the author whose history Betsy just told me about) would rather have liked and enjoyed that take on it too. Thank you Betsy for the recommendation and the pleasure - as usual.”Amy Friedman wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Absolutely fell in love with the characters of this charming little world! I wanted to jump into the book and be a part of their secret society. It felt like one giant acceptance hug! It was like coming home.”Cortney R wrote this review 8 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book consisting of letters between a writer and a literary society which is established during the second world war. It does not sound spectacular, I'll admit, but I liked it A LOT.”Gil Lissens wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book a long time ago, but I remember being surprised by how wonderful it was. The title doesn't really do it justice. It's a sweet, engaging story that bounces between war and peace time. I'm sure I'll read it again someday.”Mrs. Spence wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Started slow, but I gradually came to adore the characters. Lots of things I learned about Nazi occupation in WWII. I loved that the story was told all in letters to and from the characters.”duceya wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thoroughly enjoyed this. While it is an easy and pleasurable read, it reveals so much about the German Occupation of the Guernsey Islands during WW II. It has a heart, too, and although the narrative doesn't shy away from the horrors, it is more hopeful and humanist in its approach. An epistolary novel, so be prepared.”JMW wrote this review Saturday, November 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A true epistolary novel - written entirely in letters. In post-World War II London, author Juliet Ashton is searching for a subject for her next book. Then a letter arrives from a man in Guernsey who felt compelled to write to her after coming into possession of a used book with her name and address in it. This is Juliet's first introduction to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Soon letters are flying in all directions - between Juliet and various members of the book club, Juliet and her best friend, Juliet and her new beau (or is he?), Juliet and her editor, the club member and Juliet's editor, the editor's secretary and some of the aforementioned. It's easier to track than it might seem.
The channel island of Guernsey was occupied by Germany for most of the war, and they had no contact with the rest of Britain until the war was over. This allows for some historical exposition.
Eventually, Juliet travels to Guernsey for an extended visit and becomes a part of the community. Soon enough, she's more than an interested author, but more like one of the family.
A couple of the characters seem too good to be true, but I enjoyed the idiosyncrasies of the various residents for the most part. ”
“What a wonderful book - I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the characters. The author(s) did a masterful job of re-creating the horror of WWII balanced with the joys of life that existed in spite of the war.”Anita T wrote this review Wednesday, October 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No