I had asked a bunch of family and friends on my facebook if they had any suggestions about books to read. I received many great suggestions, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, was one of them. I have to be honest and say that this would not have been a book that normally I would pick up and read. I would have looked at the style and the era it was written in and probably looked over it. I am so thankful that my friends mother suggested it to me or I would have missed out on this fabulous story.
The book takes place in 1946 just after the second world war. Juliet Ashton is a writer had been looking for a topic to start writing her second novel. Juliet receives a letter from a man from Guernsey who has lived through German occupation of his homeland and found Juliet's name in a Charles Lamb book. The two of them begin a correspond and with this Juliet learns about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This society was born out of a reasoning as to why they had been out past curfew when caught by the Germans and was a spur of the moment alibi to save them from great punishment.
Juliet becomes so interested in the people of Guernsey that she starts corresponding to many of the individuals that were part of the book society and begins to find out through them about one another and what life was like for them during the war. Juliet falls in love with their story and decided that she is going to base her new novel about them, but also decided she needs to meet all of them. So she ends up setting sale for Guernsey and her life changes forever once she gets there.
This story is told in a very unique way as though someone had found the letters and placed them all together to write the novel. This novel makes you feel as you are reading lost letters of someone that could have been a relative, but you get to know all the characters as though they are truly friends of yours.
I would definitely recommend this novel to everyone and I guarantee it can fit into your life style. You can read one letter a day or get immersed in the story like I did and finish it way too quickly! The story and the characters will seem so real to you, that like me, you may find it hard to believe that it is in fact a fictional story.
Happy Reading Everyone and be sure to stop by after you have read it and let me know what you thought :-)