The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

>> Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Genre: Fiction
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 274
Support Your Local Library Challenge #13

You’ve already heard about it from bunches of other bloggers, but add me to the chorus. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming little book. I first heard about it from
Les and Wendy and their reviews prompted me to add it to my TBR list. The waiting list at the library was already huge by the time I added myself, but the wait was worth it.

Written as a series of letters, notes and telegrams, it’s the story of the inhabitants of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation of WWII. Juliet Ashton is a journalist in London in 1946. While promoting her book she’s also seeking out a subject for a new book. She finds herself drawn into a correspondence with a Guernsey man who found her name on a second hand book of hers by Charles Lamb. She begins to hear the story of the islanders who formed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society during the war. Soon she’s learning about the humble but remarkable people who spent the war years under the thumb of the Nazi occupation forces.

When Juliet visits the island she’s as charmed by the place and the people I was. The book is full of wonderful moments and I could have marked many quotations as my favorite.

Believe what you’re hearing about this one. It’s well written with charm and humor and will tug at your heartstrings along the way.


Mary 3/31/2009 1:04 PM  

This made my top 5 list of 2008. I'll be keeping it!
Glad you enjoyed it.

Joy 3/31/2009 1:05 PM  

Yep - it's a keeper!

Kailana 3/31/2009 1:30 PM  

I wish I could finish a book and review it right away! lol I am so far behind at this point, though, I don't think it will be happening!

Great book, though. I am glad you enjoyed it!

Booklogged 3/31/2009 4:12 PM  

I knew you were reading this and I anticipated your review. So glad to see you loved it, too.

Framed 3/31/2009 5:38 PM  

I've resisted this because I want it in paperback. I'll have to check with Amazon to see if that's available. I really want to read it.

Vickie 4/01/2009 11:31 AM  

I will get to this book eventually. It had me with its title. The added glowing reviews from various folk just added to the gloss.

SuziQoregon 4/03/2009 3:24 PM  

Mary: I did really enjoy it.

Joy: I think what I'm surprised at is it's wide appeal.

Kailana: I have to do my blog posts right away. I usually have them started before I finish the book, but then again, my posts are nothing deep, so they're pretty easy to write.

Booklogged: You knew I'd love it didn't you?

Framed: I didn't want to wait that long, so I waited out the library list.

Vickie: I think you'll really like it.

Les 4/04/2009 12:12 PM  

I'm glad to know this was a winner for you! And thanks for the mention of my review.

Did you know the rights have been optioned for a movie? I hope the film, if it's ever actually made, is as good as the book. Go here for more info.

SuziQoregon 4/05/2009 6:17 PM  

Les: It was definitely a winner. Thanks for recommending it. I hadn't heard it had been optioned for a movie. Like you said, hope they do it justice.

Anna 4/10/2009 8:33 PM  

This one is on my shelf, and I've heard such good things about it that I'm thinking I should make time for it soon.

Would it be okay to link to your review at War Through the Generations?

Diary of an Eccentric

SuziQoregon 4/15/2009 5:20 PM  

Anna: oh of course you can link my review. I hope you find time to read it soon. It's excellent.

Anna 4/16/2009 5:28 AM  

Thanks! I hope to read it soon. I linked your review here.

Diary of an Eccentric

Carole 5/08/2009 6:46 AM  

I've just borrowed this from the library, I love the sound of it.
They're making a movie of it? I'd better read it quick before it comes out!

SuziQoregon 5/12/2009 7:13 AM  

Carole: it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Hope you like it.

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