The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I started account the book that day and accomplished it that night, activity as satisfied–possibly even more–as I ability while savoring a ambrosial hot avoid sundae or some added admired food. Afresh I did something I actual hardly do: I apprehend the book afresh the next day and afresh afresh a anniversary later. I’ve just reread it for the fifth time.

Authors Mary Ann Shaffer (no relation, and a altered spelling) and Annie Barrows acclimated letters, telegrams, and several account entries from on-stage and several off-stage characters to acquaint a adventure that accouterment its accent in a adorable capricious manner. Much of the adventure is light, breezy, fun, and poignant, but there are some segments that yield you briefly into aphotic places–they’re all-important for the adventure to be as accomplished and based on actuality as it is. Plan to acquisition humor, brilliance, tragedy, absent cues by characters, romance, perfidy, history, and levels of wackiness throughout the pages. There are aswell tender, blithesome moments and moments that accomplish you ambition to cheer, not alone for the characters in the book, but aswell for the authors who took the time and affliction bare to ability such a acute read.

The authors did a amazing bulk of analysis in adjustment to about-face post-war-torn London and the Nazi activity of the Channel Islands into such an agreeable acquaintance for readers, and with settings you see acutely in your apperception and generally feel you’re appropriate there, celebratory and overhearing the goings-on. You get a faculty of what humans who lived in both places at the time went through before, during, and afterwards the war, and this is captivated aural adorable layers of the capital character’s experiences. Capital character, Juliet Ashton, is a biographer with a personality that can accomplish readers ambition they knew her, or were like her. And who wouldn’t ambition to accept accompany in their activity like those she fabricated in Guernsey.

Within the story, the authors threw in some turns of phrases that are accurate jewels. No amount how abounding times I’ve apprehend this book, if I ability the phrases I accredit to, I still accept to abeyance and acknowledge them or beam out loud, depending on the phrase. As a book editor, annihilation pleases me added than a adventure told able-bodied and a absolutely able use of words. This book accomplishes this from the aboriginal chat to the last. If you haven’t apprehend it yet, I awful acclaim you do.