It's 1946, and as Juliet Ashton sits at her desk in her Chelsea flat, she is stumped. A writer of witty newspaper columns during the war, she can't think of what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from one Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance he's acquired a book Juliet once owned - and, emboldened by their mutual love of books, ...
It's 1946, and as Juliet Ashton sits at her desk in her Chelsea flat, she is stumped. A writer of witty newspaper columns during the war, she can't think of what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from one Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance he's acquired a book Juliet once owned - and, emboldened by their mutual love of books, they begin a correspondence. Dawsey is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and it's not long before the rest of the members write to Juliet - including the gawky Isola, who makes home-made potions, Eben, the fisherman who loves Shakespeare, and Will Thisbee, rag-and-bone man and chef of the famous potato peel pie. As letters fly back and forth, Juliet comes to know the extraordinary personalities of the Society and their lives under the German occupation of the island. Entranced by their stories, Juliet decides to visit the island to meet them properly - and unwittingly turns her life upside down.
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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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