Book review

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer book review

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical
Source: Purchased

In the wake of WWII, Juliet begins letter correspondence with a stranger from the island of Guernsey. Through their letters, she learns about all the interesting people who live there. She learns about their creativity and their spirit, about “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” and what their experiences during the way. All of these stories eventually lead her to the story of one person. A person whose bravery will surprise and change her.

I’ll be honest, the format of this novel (almost completely letters) was a little hard for me to get used to. I suggest you write down the names of each character and who they are so that you remember. Because I had the hardest time.

Once I could actually remember who the characters were, I really enjoyed this book. Each of the characters seemed like real people. Their experiences were so sad and very powerful.

At risk of sounding like a tender-hearted ninny, I didn’t appreciate all the talk of abusing cats. But maybe I’m just saying that because I’m basically a crazy cat lady. I guess it was an ugly time and cats were collateral damage??

Ehh.

But anyway. That’s no reason not to read it. This was a good book. If you want a different view of civilians’ lives during WWII, this is a good choice.

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