Saturday, March 1, 2014

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

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Here is a portion of the review by Reading Group Guides:

Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands, nominally part of Great Britain but located in the English Channel, close enough to see mainland Europe with the naked eye. And, as the residents of Guernsey discover during World War II, close enough for the Germans to occupy. What started out as a layover during an intended full-out invasion of the British Isles resulted in a five-year occupation that changed the lives of these quiet, simple people forever.

My review:  This book is written as a series of letters between main character, Juliet, and members of the community in Guernsey as well has her closest friends.  Being a letter writer myself, I adore the format of this book!  Juliet is an avid reader as well as an author.  I laughed.  I cried.  I wanted to hug everyone in this heartwarming tale as they build new lives after the devastation of World War II.  This is definitely one of my new all-time-ever, favorite books.

Tell me about one of your favorites!

;-)  -Marci


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  2. I have read this book numerous times and love every word of it. I even wrote a themed unit for an eighth grade history class using it. The characters are so well-written and I loved the historical background. I had not known the Channel Islands were occupied during WWII. Great choice, Marci!

  3. If you liked this book, you might also like "84 Charing Cross Road". I just finished "The Book Thief". It was wonderful.

  4. I had this book to read but never did.Now I don't know what happened to the copy. I ll have to see about finding another because you ve sparked my interest again.

  5. This book is still in my memory. So good!!!! You can also read Sarah Blake's "The Postmistress". Have a good time with it !

  6. This is one of the few books I've finished as an adult. My sister in law and I want to go there someday. I've heard that they're making a movie!

  7. Pinned and added to my list to read. :)

  8. I enjoyed reading this novel a few years ago and am thinking of giving it as a gift to my mom as I think she'll like it.

  9. I keep hearing good things about this book and a friend has even recommended the movie.

    1. I really enjoyed the movie. For me, it took three tissues to watch all of it! ;-) -Marci


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