Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

First Published in 2008

265 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis: 

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” 

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…. 

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. 

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. 

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

My Review:

 What a gorgeous story! I felt absolutely enchanted from the first page, letter in fact! the fact that this novel is told entirely in the form of letters just made it all the more perfect, I loved every single moment! The writing was so vast, so descriptive and at times utterly heart wrenching, I felt myself grow so attatched to all these characters! I love how everyone connected and corresponded with one another, and how close everyone quickly became. I constantly found my mind wandering back to these characters, and throughout this book, I easily felt like I was part of their lives! 

This story has it all, not a drop overwhelming, each character was written so well, they had such fabulous traits, and Juliet was an a amazing lead, I felt like I was imagining this as she was describing them, and oh, by the end I was cheering so hard! This book and it’s characters are easily some of the best I’ve ever come across; and what’s more, it’s a love of books that found them all together! I loved all the bookish quotes, as well as reading about the types of books and authors that had i influenced our characters; who I know my mind will often wonder back to….


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