Pretty much everyone I’ve spoken to about this delightful book told me that initially they had difficulty getting into the story; there’s a lot of flipping pages and looking at names to get straight who’s sending letters to whom. But after you get the main characters down, the story flows easily and it becomes quite enjoyable reading letters from all these new “friends.”
Set in London and on the island of Guernsey just after World War II, the novel focuses on Juliet Ashton, a high-spirited, independent young woman. A successful writer and newspaper columnist, Juliet is embarking on a tour to promote her book, Izzy Bickerstaff Goes to War, a compilation of her lighthearted newspaper columns meant to raise morale in war-torn London.
About this time, she receives a letter from a Guernsey farmer named Dawsey Adams asking for her help in locating more books by a favorite author. He mentions belonging to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and piques her interest for another newspaper article. She encourages him to ask others in this literary group to send her letters. They do, and she finds out more about island life after the Germans occupied the Channel Islands as a command post.
Juliet eventually visits Guernsey and her affection for these quirky islanders grows deeper.
There’s mystery, romance and history included in the letters – and a whole cast of characters. My only complaint was that the book ends. It’s a satisfying ending — but I missed hearing the latest news from Guernsey.
Check the WRL catalog for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society