The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Every now and then you just have to sit down and read a feel-good book. When I snagged a copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, I knew this was going to be just that kind of book.

In the aftermath of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book idea when she receives an unexpected letter. An old book of hers ended up on the small island of Guernsey and the new owner, Dawsey Adams, writes to Juliet to get more books by the same author.

As Juliet gets to know Dawsey through letters, she’s introduced to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club of sorts that formed to save a group of friends from trouble with the Germans. The more Juliet gets to know the society members through letters, the more Juliet wants to go to Guernsey and meet them all in person. Though Juliet doesn’t quite know what she’s looking for, but the same thing that’s drawing her to Guernsey promises that she’ll find whatever it is she’s looking for.

Written as a compilation of letters to and from Juliet, the style provides a unique glimpse into each character, while allowing them to use their own voice. Though it was a little hesitant at the idea of a story written only as letters (especially after having seen the Netflix adaptation), it was executed perfectly. It’s easy to follow the story and all relevant information is conveyed as the characters share with each other.

Though the Hallmark style isn’t usually my cup of tea, sometimes it’s a good kind of story to enjoy when you just need something fun. So next time you need a quick, pick-me-up kind of read, give Guernsey a read. You won’t be sorry.

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