January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
©2014 Mary Ann Shaffer (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing
" ... she created a cast of Dibley-esque eccentrics who experience the privations and temptations that go with an enemy occupation, and produced a story that transports us to a gentler age, when people were kind and had time to talk about books." (The Times)
"Reminiscent of Helene Hanff’s 84 Charing Cross Road, this is a warm, funny, tender, and thoroughly entertaining celebration of the power of the written word." (Library Journal)
"Charming ... one to lift even the most cynical of spirits." (The Times)
This book was skilfully written in its portrayal of human nature in both its horror and its beauty. it was harrowing and uplifting and I fell in love with every character. The narrator was brilliant, her array of accents ( which never detracted from the story) and ability to convey emotion was fantastic.
I'm not sure. To tell the truth I'm stunned I enjoyed it. I don't like this type of story - I prefer zombie/scary/ conspiracy style novels. This was just great.
It was funny, and witty, and the characters were all terrific, even the "nasty" one hahahaha
Yes, I had an emotional reaction to this book. It was easy to have that as the characters were easy to love and feel a connection to. I laughed at a lot of their quirks!!
This book is a total winner!! Cannot believe I loved it so much!!!
Never have I seen the deverstating effect of war so beautifully juxtaposed to joy and love. It humanised both sides, and told a beautiful and uplifting story while also remaining true to its context of a broken world teying to fit its self back together again. Beautiful and very well performed.
Although it has a background of post war, and contains multiple stories about it, it's not heavy, and the way it's written telling the stories thru letters is quite interesting and makes you feel more as part of the story. The storyline is charming and let's you get to know the different characters from different perspectives. I quite enjoyed it.
Saying that I loved the book would be an understatement.
I went into the book knowing absolutely nothing about it except that it was all in letters. And I think that was a great thing. I loved discovering every bit.
What I really liked and appreciated about the writing was how it managed to actually make me laugh out loud at moments where it was funny. I usually don't find written comedy or literature funny. (So maybe since this was an audio book I found it so funny) But I enjoyed the lighter moments of the book immensely.
The emotions in the book are so subtle and not overbearing which is quite often a spot of worry for me when I reading fiction. The author has displayed them beautifully. And the only reason I could hold back myself from crying at few instances was cause I was listening to the book on a bus and didn't want people to see me crying (They definitely saw me smiling and laughing)
Another thing that stood out was the way author has written about World War II, I wouldn't call it the best description or writing about the WWII but in its limited scope, the author has done justice I feel.
Almost all the characters were well written and I adored most of them. I want to read more about some of them.
And last but not the least, the book makes me want to visit Guernsey.
I'm so glad I came across this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to read a nice, light hearted, feel good book.
I wasn't sure that this was my kind of book but within a couple of minutes was completely engrossed.
Well read, superb plot and little pockets of humour here and there.
Very sad the story has ended.
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