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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

guernseyPrepare for another glowing review, because I’ve just decided that this is my favorite book of the year so far.

After wrapping up her very successful book tour, Juliet Ashton has no idea what to write next about her post-WWII world.   She receives an unexpected letter from Dawsey Adams, a resident of Guernsey Island, who has a book that she once owned and read it constantly while his island was occupied by Nazis during the war.  Juliet begins a correspondence with Dawsey and eventually, the other members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but she has no idea she’ll find so much more than an idea for a book through these wonderful people.

These characters are enchanting.  I fell in love with them just as Juliet did, and the longer the book goes on, the deeper I fell in love.  This book is entirely written through letters, and at first I found it a bit disconcerting, but soon it made sense.  It’s hard to describe, but there is something that is comforting and wonderful about reading this book; like it could reaffirm our faith in humanity, despite the atrocities that went on during the occupation of the island.  It celebrates life and love while directly placing them in the shadow of World War II.  Putting life in perspective, making us realize how lucky we are, I’d say, with a cast of marvelous characters and a distinctly enjoyable prose style.  It’s a story that doesn’t surprise you, but pleases you when it goes above and beyond your expectations.  It creates a world that I honestly never wanted to leave, and as soon as I finished I wanted to read it all over again.

This book deserves the hype.  I highly recommend it to absolutely everyone. Buy this book on Amazon.

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