Warning: I’m going to gush about this book for a moment. But no spoilers, don’t worry!
This book truly made me happy! It made me smile. Put me in a good mood. Restored my faith in humanity. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows was just all around a beautiful book to read!
I must admit though, my father bought this book for me three Christmas ago (yes, over three years ago) but I’ve held onto it through every bookshelf cleansing and my move to DC. For some reason I just couldn’t get rid of it… now I’m kicking myself for allowing it to take me so long to read.
This book made me want to board a boat to Guernsey and join the Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society!
Here is a quick summary if you’ve never heard of the book before:
January 1946, right after WWII, a surprise letter arrives on Juliet Ashton’s doorstep from one of the Channel Islands, Guernsey. The stranger who wrote the letter sparks a friendship with Juliet and an idea for her next book based on this strange Literary Society started as an excuse after being caught by the Germans breaking curfew. Before you know it, Juliet’s on her way to the small island to learn more about these kind, yet mysterious, people of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Note: This book should be read purely for enjoyment (for example I read it on the beach in the Bahamas… maybe that helped me love the book even more now that I think about it). It’s not a thriller or going to win a Pulitzer Prize, but it will bring you happiness. If you give it a try, you will understand what I mean.
The initial reason I picked out the book for Christmas was that the novel is told completely through letters between different characters (and if you know me, then you know I love handwritten letters). But, like many people say in reviews, the title is very distracting/cutesy, which is probably why it took those three years to finally get past the 5th page.
I’ve read so many books lately (like this) where I just couldn’t relate to the main character which resulted in trying to drag myself through the book, praying it would end quick. But Juliet was different. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body, but she isn’t naive either (which is sometimes the case). After the first page you will dream you are her, walking in her shoes every step of the way on her adventure! Or at least I did :)
Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
If you haven’t read this book before, I couldn’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for an uplifting book (ideally read on the beach)!
But if you’ve already read it, then I challenge you to pick up a book that has been on your bookshelf for the last three years and finally give it a read :) You just may find a gem has been under your nose this whole time like I did!