When the first murmurings began about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society began (Literate Housewife, Hey Lady!, Diary of an Eccentric), I didn’t catch on soon enough. Then this summer, reviews began popping up all over (Savvy Verse & Wit, Maw Books, Becky’s Book Reviews, and the War Through the Generations Challenge) and I couldn’t ignore it! I had to read the book. I felt a little left out during Book Blogger Appreciation Week because I hadn’t read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but fortunately I’d already jumped on The Hunger Games bandwagon!
Did The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society live up to the gushing reviews? Yes! I really enjoyed this book and can think of a handful of friends, family, and other readers to recommend it to. I loved Griffin & Sabine (which is also written in letters) and I love historical fiction (doubley- so if it takes place in England). I also have a strange fascination with the Second World War. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society wrapped all these interests up into a lovely package that is engaging, interesting, and heart-warming. My only criticism would be that the end of the story was a little predictable.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows follows the correspondences of Juliet, an author and journalist living in post-WWII London. When she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams on Guernsey, Juliet learns about Guernsey during the German Occupation and how the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society got started. She enters into a world that will have the reader begging to join.
Full disclosure: I requested this book in paperback from the publisher. This situation did not affect my review in any way, shape or form.