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.
This was an entirely OK book, but fell short of my five-star expectations. Of course, my expectations were high given the spectacular reviews and ratings that this book has received. I almost want to nudge this book into the romance novel category, which isn't my preferred genre. Also, I didn't really care for the format of telling the story through a series of letters.
I'd heard a lot of buzz about this title and finally chose to get in on audible. I loved every minute of this warm, loving book. It felt as though a cozy quilt enveloped me as the characters came to life and became friends and neighbors. I would highly recommend this narration.
Outstanding book! Loved the character development and friendships growing through the book. I consider this one on par with "The Help."
This book is a real treat. A gem. I listened to it again right after I finished. The readers are wonderful (and familiar to me). I won't describe the story- That would spoil it, but if you are interested in being entertained and enlightened about the history of Guernsey Island during WW II told by individuals with compelling stories which are uniquely tied together by an outsider this delightful book of fiction is for you.
This was a lovely little book, heart warming and informative and a very interest insight in to an island at war.
The book is written entirely in the form of letters to and from the characters. It gives the book such an intimate feel and the reader gets a sense of truly knowing each character from their own words and perspective regarding the story. It is charming and thought provoking and oh so romantic. All of the characters give off an aura of innocense and romance. As charming for men as for women. Loved it.
Makes one want to visit the isle of Guernsey and meet all of them.
I really loved this book. Listening was fun and moved quickly. Actually, I wanted the story to go on. It could have used a little more editing.
"Charming" is the first word that comes to mind. It's an old-fashioned word that I don't use often, but the story is old-fashioned, out of the ordinary, and completely charming. It made me want to visit Guernsey, that's for sure!
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This was an enjoyable if not predictable read. Kudos to Ms. Shaffer and Ms. Barrows for the character development of the people from Guernsey. They were delightful. I felt that Dawsey (spelling?) was the poorest developed of all and initially I could not quite fathom his relationship with the principal character. Overall, a good listen.
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