I didn't love the format of this book (written as a series of letters back and forth between the characters). This did, however, make it easy to have different readers and they were excellent. The story was enjoyable, a little slow, but good. I prefer more dialogue though.
I think this would be an enjoyable book to read, but I think listening is even better. The narration of this book was spot-on!
A Smile Inducer
The whole cast Is wonderful.
Definitely left me feeling a warm-hearted laughter.
I've listened to this 3 times and haven't tired of this story. It's just delightful!
Though I did enjoy this book, I was expecting more of a narrated story then a series of letters. I'm not sure I would necessarily change the way it was wrote, but I just found it unexpected.
Even though this story was about the German Occupation, a very dark time in history, Mary Ann Shaffer was able to turn it into an uplifting tale about survival and friendship.
I enjoyed hearing all of the characters, I loved the way the narrators brought them to life, but I do have to say Adelaide Addison was my favorite. I just picture a middle aged spinster staring out of her window judging everyone in the town.
The accents and inflection made it very authentic and believable. The difficulty I had at the start was trying to keep track of the characters.
Beautiful story with the history woven into the personal stories along with sense of knowing the island.i
Yes, I would recommend this book. The author's historical point of view, weaves humor, warm emotion and love into a time of war. (WW II)
Discovering the meaning of the title was another affirmation that war brings us together no matter what creed, color or race. We need to take care of each another.
I haven't finished reading the print version, but the audio version was so good that I also bought the kindle version. I've read a small bit of it on my kindle, but the different voices add so much to the story. I do think, this time, I'll like the audio version better.
When the Guernsey group received the first letter from Remy. It broke my heart and I cried. I took a short time away from the book after this as I kept thinking about what people have gone through during wars and wondering what would happen if a war on that scale erupted today.
When Kit let Juliet see the contents of her box.
I adored them all. I can't pick just one. But Isola made me laugh often.
My reading preference is usually for witty, contemporary romantic suspense or deeply suspenseful mysteries. I hesitated to buy this, despite the raving reviews, because I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it. I can honestly say I think this is my favorite book of all time. I know I will listen to it over and over. I was so sad when the book ended and I would love to see a sequel. I don't want to lose my new friends on Guernsey. I'd love to see how Kit turns out and how she grows.
I would listen to this again. Interesting,quirky characters in a historical fiction setting is a favorite combination of mine.
Good with men's and women's voices.
Nonfiction writer by day, fiction lover by night.
The book starts out light and fluffy and becomes more serious as it goes along. At first I was annoyed by the format - letters written between the characters - but I got over it, mostly because of the great cast of multiple narrators. It reminded me of "The Help," which is saying something good.
I enjoyed this book. I like the device of letters being written back and forth. It was quite interesting, learning of the Guernsey Islands and their struggle during WWII. Good characters, a bit of romance, time well spent.