A story told in letters, allowing all the characters to express their thoughts on diverse subjects such as the effect of German occupation on the residents of the Island of Guernsey during WWII to the interpretation of bumps on a person's head. A fun, quick read full of wonderfully described people during the year 1946.
Yes, a female friend, as it is a bit of a chick story, but i would recommend wholeheartedly. Darling and engaging, I was really pulling for the characters.
The narrator, because she her love for these folks was infectious.
Friends reading the print version have said it is a bit difficult to keep some of the minor character's story lines straight but I found the variety of narrators helped me follow along.
I enjoyed getting to hear the stories of so many different people yet they were all tied together. I also felt like I was eavesdropping on the personal thoughts of some very interesting people.
The various narrators brought a unique voice to each characters. They all did a great job!
Juliet Ashton. She is the one that unfolds the web of stories to the reader. Her letters gave me a sense of her deep love for her friends and her desire to connect with people on a personal level.
"Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books." Isola Pribby.
I love this quote from the book and I find it funny that this is such a book! When I was three quarters of the way through the book, I started dreading the end because I didn't want it to ever end! The summary doesn't do it justice and it was a wonderful surprise at how quickly I was hooked.
Beautifully performed by multiple narrators, and a fun, compelling, and even somewhat moving story. I really liked learning about the experience of the war in these two different settings, and the characters all brought those experiences to life in a very human way. Occasionally the constraint of having to tell all these stories through letters led to some slightly heavy-handed moments, but on the whole I thought it was a very fine book, and thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with it.
It's a great story but there are lots of characters, I would pick up on things on second listening that I didn't in the first listen.
The ending was great but I don't want to spoil it
All of the narrators really brought the characters to life and helped you identify them from each other, something that would have been harder to do when reading the book instead of listening to it.
Learning about Elizabeth's story, was very moving, and also how Juliet grew to love all of the Guernsey people, in particular Kit.
Very good story, and I found the historical aspect of the German occupation of the Channel Islands very interesting.
It is charming, sad, and ends well.. all at the same time.
The reader(s), actually. This worked very well as an audiobook.
The different voices for each letter and character.
I kept hoping.. but that would spoil the story.
What I like about this book is it has it all - in just the right proportions. It is a love story but not with gushy make you squirm excessive details, it has unanswered questions about what happened which are explained but not in graphic, unsettling and upsetting horrors of war details. It even explains what a Potato Peel Pie is and how to make it! The character development is realistic, sometimes surprising and creates people you would like to know. Most of all I loved the healing of these people as they adjust to life after living on a German occupied island during World War II. Delightful!
Perhaps the occupation of the Channel Islands was a paragraph in my history books in school, but this novel brings it to life. It was very informative about a horrific time, but relatively upbeat as told by the survivors with a lovely post war story weaved throughout.
Juliet is a delightful character, but Dorsey is my favorite. The quiet hero, intellegent beyond his education, and wise beyond his years.
I have not.
Yes, when the children are sent away for safety.
The narration is wonderful for all the characters. I did listen to this book before I read it and now I can hear the voices when I read the book to myself.
Juliet is my favorite character for many reasons. She loves books like family, she is funny and compassionate, and very honest. When asked for references, she provides the name of a family friend who loves her, and a women she worked with who despises her. How cool is that?
Juliet performed by Susan Duerden was my favorite, so much so that I have looked for (and found) other books she has narrated.
This book will make you laugh and cry. The characters become real friends who you can root for and live with.