The title gives it away. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is a must read book. It really is that good.
This fictional work is a series of letters based around woman named Juliet. The letters began in January 1946 in England as Juliet begins a tour of the country to promote her book Izzy Bickerstaff Goes To War. Juliet is at a lost for a new book to write.
While she tours she receives a letter from a Dawsey Adams, who lives on Guernsey. He now owns her former copy of The Select Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb. He’d found it during the German Occupation and fell in love with it. He asks her if she can find him more works by Charles Lamb since there aren’t any bookshops left on Guernsey. He mentions that Charles Lamb made him laugh because of the roast pig that brought The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society into being.
Juliet is intrigued by the letter and sends Dawsey another book and asks questions about their literary society. Pretty soon all the members of the literary society begin to write Juliet.
In her personal life Juliet has met an American editor who is rich and wants to marry her. He doesn’t understand her fascination with Guernsey and it’s inhabitants. When she decides to visit Guernsey life will never be the same.
She learns about Elizabeth, the woman responsible for the existence of the literary society. She learns about the German Occupation. She learns what love really is, and this allows her to have a more full and rich life.
It’s a wonderful book, full of poignant moments that bring tears, and moments that brings laughter. One can’t help but be drawn to the characters and their plight as they recount their experiences during World War II. It is a fantastic book of the joy of surviving, tempered with the sadness of loss and pain.
The only thing wrong with this book are the few swear words that popped up maybe three or four times. Even with that, this is a book I would recommend to anyone who reads. It’s also not very expensive to buy it for your Kindle.