“In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name. Great novel.”Bev wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A nice and easy to read epistolary novel (i.e. consisting solely of letters between the characters) set just after WWII in England and on the Island of Guernsey, this book is about deep friendships and a (partly reluctantly) growing love for books out of sheer necessity and lack of riches during and after the time of German occupation on the Channel Islands.
The book covers war-time topics like bombing raids, food rationing, arbitrary treatment by the occupants, Todt workers and their misery, the evacuation of children to England, concentration camps and Guernsey's isolation when all contact to England and the rest of the world was made impossible. Against this background the story of Juliet Ashton, an English writer who is drawn to the island after intense mail correspondence with the members of the "Literary and Potato Peel Pie society", is told. She discovers the island, researches its history and learns to love its inhabitants - most of all a small group of special characters who stick together, doing what is morally right at all times, even when it is difficult.
A picture of a peaceful countryside idyll is created, where hardships are taken with good humour and collaboratively to ease the load of the individual. The characters sometimes come across Rosamunde-Pilcher-like and there is a love story not too dissimilar of those found in Pilcher's books.
However, the main focus is on the society members and illuminates their different, yet lovable characters and highlights their love and care for each other, thus creating a warm and happy story which feels good to read.
“Loved this book! A different kind of WW II story.”C.K. Steefel wrote this review Thursday, July 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Juliet is looking for a subject for her latest book to write when she makes contact with people living on island of Guernsey and their stories about the occupation of the Germans during World War II.”Ibby wrote this review Tuesday, July 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really enjoyed this story and the history. So sorry it is the only book she ever wrote. ”lompocfso wrote this review Monday, June 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wonderful story taken place in 1946 on Guernsey in the Channel Islands. I did not want the story to end. It is beautifully written, and done as an epistolary. I am recommending it to all my friends.”BarbB wrote this review Saturday, June 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Now i know what the hype was about. This was a wonderful, heartwarming book and i loved every page.”patricia g wrote this review Saturday, June 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sweet. And I love books about books and books in letters. This is both”Katerina Kovaleva wrote this review Friday, June 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No