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

Review by Anne Beier

This engaging post WWII story is told in letters, between several fictional characters. It centers around Juliet Ashton, an author who decides to write a book about the inhabitants of the Guernsey Island, in The English Channel, focusing on how they survived during the German occupation of this British territory.

This subject comes to her serendipitously. A letter arrives to her in London, from a native, middle aged man, who still lives there about an entirely unrelated subject.  Juliet gets caught up in his story and continues to correspond with him and members of his book group called “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” Behind the letters, she senses an enigma. Maybe more than one.

Juliet is drawn to visit Guernsey, and interview these people. After she arrives, she becomes captivated with her new found friends, the life, and history this charming town has to offer. However, the story becomes more fascinating with every letter, beginning with the first few; some bring laughter, and some bring tears. By the end, many bewildering mysteries will be revealed.

 

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