I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island – boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature-lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society's members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.
©2008 Marry Ann Shaffrer and Annie Barrows; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
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.
The characters who read the letters. They are all such individuals. I can't imagine just reading this book; you'd miss so much.
It's so heartwarming, so endearing. I'd often find myself smiling while I listened.
Darcey and Juliet/ a tie.
Not really. I looked forward to snatching special times for it.
I adored it. Out of all the Audible books I have listened to, this is my favorite!
The letters format worked well. The cast rather than a single reader was wonderful. There was heft to the story. A lightness in tone but real content. I really cared about these people. I occasionally caught myself arguing with them on my way to work.
This has become a new favorite for me.
I don't know that I can compare it with another novel.
Many. The unfolding of the characters, their personal stories, and the discovery of personal memories of WWII.
Juliette, our heroine.
This was exactly what I needed. It reminded me of reading letters, and the great pleasure it was to write and receive them.
This is a rather predictable yet sweet story. It was a nice switch from the crime and mystery books I typically listen to. The various readers gave interest to the listen and I enjoyed the author's description of the island. Good winter read/listen.
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