The synopsis of this book does not do it justice, but I cannot think how to change it. Listening to the characters brings everything to life. I could picture the island and smell the salt air, and I felt like I knew these characters so well that I could have easily settled down in Guernsey myself. Definitely worth the five stars in my estimation!
This audiobook was very captivating. Although a little difficult to grasp who all the characters were at first, after a bit of listening you'll catch on. I'm more visual so had I been reading the written word I don't think following the character line would have been as confusing - but still did not detract from the enjoyment of this perky novel.
What a lovely and captivating story! Shaffer and Barrows are masterful at telling this story through the letters of a wonderful cast of characters. The narrators' delivery is a perfect fit. Beautifully written, well developed characters, a balance of laughs and sorrow - supremely entertaining. I loved this book!
I enjoyed the layout of this book in letters. It was fun to listen to long and short letters and the dramatization of the individuals. Bits of history, geography, and human insite.
This was the July selection for our book club and we all loved it - 8 thumbs up out of the 8 women there. We loved the character development, the letters format which offered a distinct voice to the characters, we loved the story line and the lighter treatment (making it readable) of such a horrific time in history. It was great.
I am an avid listener of audio books both from the library and audible and this is the best one so far. The wonderful British voices and the delivery made the story come to life in a way that reading it would not. I have looked for other books by the late Mary Ann Shaffer and was sorry to learn that there aren't anymore.
Each letter writer in the book has a different voice. This adds to a really well-written book. Both my wife and I loved this book. We didn't know anything about the occupation of the Channel Islands.
What a story! The narrative is told by many characters reading letters, telegrams, notes and more that takes you back to the Post War London as well as German occupation of the channel islands during World War II. It's a hero's journey with humor, history, romance, sadness and redemption blended together.
I loved this book. This time and place in history, London and Guernsey during and post-WWII, is fascinating. I learned quite a lot, through very engaging characters and beautiful writing - and excellent readers who brought it all to life. Yes, it's a tad predictable in places, but by then I had left my cynicism behind and let the story unfold. A very rewarding, enriching book.
This book totally took me by surprise....before long I was transported back in time. I learned alot about the channel islands..I want to see that little village myself. The romance of letter writing-imagine no cell phones or email-how refreshing! I miss the Guernsey society and can't wait to know what happens next! I loved it!