The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of
secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Historical Fiction / Fiction / Historical / Book Club / Romance / World War 2
If you enjoy historical fiction that is set in WW2 I recommend this one. It is a quick and easy read and I personally really enjoyed it.
I’d had this book on my TBR for about 4 years before I picked it up. This seems to be common among others too, it’s one of those books we probably add because the synopsis sounds interesting but that doesn’t make you rush to buy it. The book is written in the form of letters and this usually puts me off but it works really well for this particular book and was executed really well. I was drawn in and charmed by the characters who lived in Guernsey. It was really interesting to see the point of view of people who lived on an island that seemed to be forgotten about during the war. If I had to sum up this book in 2 words they would be charming and heart-warming. This is the perfect book for someone who enjoys WW2 fiction but doesn’t want something too tragic.