“BORING!!!!!!!!!!! What a stretch and pain to read”Susan Goveas wrote this review Wednesday, October 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brilliant! These authors have combined a history of Guernsey during the German occupation of WWII with a breathtaking tribute to books and book clubs, with a bit of a love story thrown in. The characters are fully developed, full of quirks and odd habits the reader can accept only if he has lived in a small town or known small town living. Written through letters, it takes a bit of patience of uncover plot lines and piece the story together, but the effort is well worth it! If you love to read and talk about books, or if you enjoy WWII history, don't miss this wonderful title.”Betty T wrote this review Friday, September 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Favorite read of the summer!”Michelle wrote this review Tuesday, September 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What I found interesting about this book was the way it came about. Mary Ann Shaffer had another project in mind but when her visit to London found that there was nothing of real value to work with in the archives, she decided for reasons unknown to others to visit Guernsey. It was there she discovered a book titled 'Jersey Under the Jackboot' and thus began her interest in the Channel Isles.
Another interesting point is that whilst writing the book Mary Ann became ill and she invited her niece Annie Barrows to help her finish the book. It was Annie, on the request of the editor, who re-wrote a substantial part of the book. These changes in authorship go unnoticed. Such is Annie's dedication to her aunt's writing and project.
This book is an epistolary novel which is what makes it so endearing. I love the initial letters back and forth between Juliet Ashton and her publisher Sidney Stark and also between Juliet and Sidney's sister, Sophie. This is where the scene setting occurs. We learn something about Juliet's background and her friendship with the brother and sister. Into this mix, there is mention of a nasty journalist, who we later find out will do anything for revenge. Another character is a possible suitor, Markham V Reynolds Jr who pops up every now and again. The major players are the very interesting members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society who write to Juliet one by one, introducing themselves and gradually revealing more about their lives and the society, including the history of how it came to be.
I love the way these characters unfold and we gradually learn about Elizabeth McKenna, the society's founding member. A strong woman of great resourcefulness, whose tragic life ended too soon.
Amongst the history of the society and snippets of the German Occupation in Guernsey, the authors weave a story that includes love, loss, friendship and deceit. A beautiful story which could not have been written in a more exquisite format. ”
“I just loved this book! The characters were so fun and lovely despite their tragedies. This story was full of warm fuzzies and I always return to it when I need a pick me up:)”Kamilla R wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Heart-warming, engaging epistolary novel through the eyes of a woman journalist. Through letters, she comes to love a group of friends who formed a book-sharing club during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII. If you like historical fiction, romance, and reading, this might be a good pick for you. ”Elizabeth W wrote this review Wednesday, August 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought this was an excellent obok”Tricia Hunter wrote this review Friday, August 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love books like this, where there is no use trying to get anything done, you're just going to be living in Guernsey until you finish reading. ”Meandering Missus wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Reread this summer for a class I was taking. Love the setting and the historical info on the occupation of the Channel Isles. The characters are delightful. The letter format takes a bit to get used to.”JM wrote this review Monday, August 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No