It’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it’s not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realises that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is smart and witty and charming. I wasn’t sure if I’d like a book composed entirely of letters but I really enjoyed it and found it actually makes a nice change to read a story crafted differently.
All of the characters are wonderful. Relationships are formed over books after an unusual literary society is formed out of necessity. It is set on the idyllic island of Guernsey, during a fascinating period of history through German occupation and the aftermath of WWII.
I really didn’t want this book to end, it is such a good read. Highly recommend.
BOOK #29 IN 2020
FIRST PUBLISHED: 2008
GENRE: Historical Fiction