"The Guernsey Literary and
Potato Peel Pie Society"
By: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
This is one of the most amazing books I have read all year. Anyone who has read it will tell you they love it, so I don't know why I am so surprised. It's an amazing read that focuses on the good in people and life's simple pleasures.
The book is really about two women, Juliet and Elizabeth. We never hear Elizabeth's voice, we just know her actions and the love she left behind. Juliet is an English author who lived during World War II in London and starts corresponding with people from the island of Guernsey. Both are courageous, funny, and caring; becoming, in the end, part of the glue that holds Guernsey island together.
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" is a love story at its basis. A love story between people...from friendships to family to actual romantic relationships. I really enjoyed reading as these relationships developed through letters. It is easy to forget how influential letter writing used to be in our crazy, high tech worlds but it is true. The story easily unfolds through nothing but letters and it is clear the path the story is taking.
I really enjoyed this story. The world of World War II was fascinating with a wonderful story about the real island of Guernsey - which I knew nothing about before this story. Dramatic, romantic, fun and heartwarming, this story is for anyone who believes life is worth living - even in the most horrific of conditions. Love, Life, and Friendship...what makes the world go round!