This week I continued with the theme,

Books I should have read last year…

I chose:

The Guernesy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer

This book also came highly recommended by several people…

Book Review in one sentence:

A gentle but invigorating post-WWII novel, that will leave you with a smile on your face.

My analysis:

Imagine finding a collection of letters in your attic that were owned by your great grandmother and told a story of hope, love, and recovery in post WW2 England, and reading them one by one as the pieces of the story come together.  This is what I felt like I was doing reading this book.

The story follows a writer, Juliet who lives in Post WWII London. Narrated by letter correspondence only, Juliet connects with a small community in the island of Guernsey that was occupied by the Germans. What follows will make you both laugh and anguish following the lives of ordinary people in a very different time.

This book was written by a librarian and her love of books shows throughout. Several works are mentioned in this book, including Wuthering  Heights and Pride and Prejudice. This was Shaffer’s first book, but also her last. She finished it at the age of seventy and died before it was even published.

I would recommend this book to people who love books.

Themes Explored in this Book: Importance of reading and books, Post WW-2, Friendship, Love, Survival at Odds, Healing, HOPE, Secrets

Other Recommended Reading:

Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights


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