#BookReview ‘The Guernsey Literary & Potato Pie Society’ by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows – Age 14+

No spoilers

Remembrance day is this Sunday, and it’s been on my mind a lot. Ever since I moved to England and learnt what this day meant, I’ve felt that the 11th of November and the leading days to it are extremely sad.

I wanted to research a book to read, about Remembrance day or the war during this time, and then I realized I already did a few months ago, and it’s a great book to read this week.

SmartSelect_20181106-150815_Instagram.jpgWritten 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.

I read the ‘The Guernsey Literary & Potato Pie Society’ by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows during the 2018 BookTube-A-Thon and I absolutely loved it.

I’t’s a quick book to read – I read it in a day . This book is told in letters and because of that the book moves in a very fast pace.

This book is a historical romance about the aftermath of the World War II in the island of Guernsey which was occupied by the Germans, and I thought it was very interesting and educational. This book has a very silly tittle, and it’s what made me want to read it, but it has a very deeper and darker meanings inside.

This book doesn’t go into extreme details about what happen in the war, while the Germans were Occupying Guernsey, but by reading the letters we do get to sense of what happened and how bad it was. It has a very personal P.O.V. because it’s told through letters, and reading letters is a very personal thing, and it’s why the meaning in this book hits you hard.

The main character, Juliet, is amazing, I love her, I wish I could be her friend. She’s a writer, and she went to Guernsey to write about the Occupation, to tell the stories of the people there. Through her letters, to her friends and publisher, we get to know the people on the island and about the The Guernsey Literary & Potato Pie Society – how it came to be, what it means and who created it.

To me, this book is about only about romance, and the affects and terror of the war, but about the power of literature. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Pie Society was created in a very dark time and it’s members ended up using literature as an escape, as something good while they were in very dark times.

I strongly recommend this book, not only to read now – during this set time to remember those who died in the war – but to be read at any time. This book really encouraged me to look at my life in a different way, in a positive way – that I need to try harder because things are not as bad as they look – and I think that this is something that we all have to remember sometimes.


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