Friday, May 8, 2009

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Set in the 1940's, in the aftermath of World War II, Juliet Ashton is a writer looking for her next book subject and finds it after meeting an interesting group of people on Guernsey, in the Channel Islands. The group's book club - and it's name, the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - is formed as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans.

I LOVED this book, which was written as a series of letters. It was funny, endearing, and lighthearted, and there is just something about that era that I love - especially the language. I found myself taking on a proper English accent in my head while reading lines like this - "My dear, let us all rejoice in her good fortune." Or this - "Sidney had left this morning, so maybe she'd been feeling bereft too." Or - "I would be glad to offer you hospitality."

***** 5 stars

1 comment:

Teddyree said...

I adored this book, gave it 5 stars too!


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