The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Book Review

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So the title is a bit of a mouth full, but it’s a mouth full you’ll be willing to deal with once you read this book and start recommending it to all of your friends. It is possibly one of the most charming pieces I’ve ever read. Like Sound of Music, I want to sing through the streets of Salzburg charming. If you just want to feel happy about life, read this book.

So with a title like that, what exactly is the book about? Good question.

It’s a fictional compilation of letters involving a young writer named Juliet just after the close of WWII. During the war, she wrote a column about the war that somehow managed to be humorous and charming. This seems impossible to do until you read 30 pages of her correspondence and then you stop questioning.

She broke off an engagement during the war, lost her house along with all her books, and is now in the process of rebuilding her life, along with the rest of the country. It is at this juncture that she begins correspondence with a book club on Guernsey, an island off the coast of England. An island that was occupied by the Germans during the war. (I had no idea!!)

The book club is called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, hence the name of the book. (There is a reason you learn in the text for such a crazy book club name) Although Juliet is the protagonist of the book, this quirky book club is the driving force. You just fall in love with every single one of them and want to take them home with you. Or move in with them. That might be better. They live in England.

Anyway, I loved this book. It has it all: history, sorrow, love, sacrifice, humor, bravery… I could go on. But mostly I loved it because it made me feel warm and happy inside. If you are or have an Anglophile in your life, get this book now!

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