It's 1946. Juliet Ashton, a 32-year-old writer, has found a certain recognition through her light-hearted column for the Spectator which lifted the spirits of her readers during WW2, but she can't think what to write next. But then Dawsey Adams writes to her from Guernsey - by chance he's acquired a book Juliet once owned - and, emboldened by ...
It's 1946. Juliet Ashton, a 32-year-old writer, has found a certain recognition through her light-hearted column for the Spectator which lifted the spirits of her readers during WW2, but she can't think what to write next. But then Dawsey Adams writes to her from Guernsey - by chance he's acquired a book Juliet once owned - and, emboldened by their mutual love of books, they begin a correspondence. Dawsey belongs to the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and as Juliet investigates the strange-named reading group, soon she stumbles upon a whole number of islanders eager to write and tell her of their experiences of the German occupation of Guernsey. Entranced by her new friends, Juliet decides to visit the island to meet them properly A moving tale of friendship, tolerance and forgiveness in the wake of a period of unthinkable hardship and horror, this is set to become a classic.
I was out of my normal thriller, mystery, autobiographical element with this read and couldn't have been more pleased!! So much so, I'm now in the habit of gifting this gem on a regular basis. It's written as a series of letters (which would typically make me cringe!) but after reading the first few pages I was hooked! These beautifully developed characters would be welcomed friends of mine (if only they actually existed!) and their ongoing correspondence in such trying times is truly inspiring. The story and their antics are incredibly funny and heartwarming. M.A. Shaffer gets it right over and over again and it saddens me to think she's no longer with us since I'm now a lifelong fan. This book is so very well done, please do give it a chance!
Apr 24, 2014
This book did not interest me at all. My book club selected this book, but I just could not read it. It consists of letters written back and forth between 2, or maybe more, people during WWII.
Jun 27, 2013
Engrossing story, multiple actors - one of the best Books on CD I've ever listened to.
Apr 11, 2013
The story and narration are excellent. I would recommend this for an easy listen. Second time listening to it.
Sep 27, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. It was light and happy.
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