Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a long title.  Whew!  Ok, that doesn’t have anything to do with my review, but I had to say it.

The book begins in January 1946, London England and is told through letters.  It is right after World War II ends.  The main character, Juliet Ashton, is a writer and receives a letter from a gentlemen who lives in Guernsey in the English Channel.  She discovers that Guernsey was occupied by the Germans for quite a long time.  So begins the letters back and forth from Juliet to the people of Guernsey, and a few others here and there.

The books deals with a heavy subject matter, but it is written in a light hearted way.  In the beginning it took me awhile to get used to the different characters and keep track of who was who.  Once I got farther into the book that was not a problem.   A few of the characters became stand out characters.  I enjoyed the fact that the book allowed you to “hear” the voices come through their letters.  Specifically, I loved hearing Isola’s take on things happening in and around the Island.

The book is a quick read and I enjoyed it over all.

I would rate the book 4 out of 5 stars.


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