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Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Review ~ 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.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

Have you ever read a book and you did not want it to end? That is how I felt about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I could not wait to sit down and read. At the same time I did not want to read it too fast, in fear of the story ending.

My boys chuckled at my love for this story. Many times this week they heard me say " I just love this story!"

How about you? Have you read any good books lately?



  1. Hmmmm I'll have to add this one to my list of books to read, LONG list. I just finished reading 'A Man Called Ove', I really liked it. Everyone at book club (minus one woman) enjoyed it too.

  2. You got me curious now. I have ancestors who come off the Guernsey Coast.
    I might have to look for this book at the library.
    Thanks for the great review.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Hi Carla,
    I read this book and it was amazing! I couldn't put it down either!
    I love how books can take you to places and make you really think about the lives of the characters.
    Have a wonderful weekend friend! Hugs!! Kimberley

  4. I read that book too and it is brilliant.

  5. Thanks for the review - sounds marvelous! I haven't read anything new lately - I did pick up a few cookbooks at the thrift store that I enjoy browsing thru at night. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  6. That sounds like a great book- one I am going to look for! I picked up a Peculiar book and it is decent- only just got into it- Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children....lol...in this peculiar house I thought it might be a good fit. I'll let you know.
    Have a wonderful weekend. xo Diana

  7. I am generally a non-fiction girl...or historical fiction, but this sounds interesting!

  8. We visited Guernsey some years ago now and visited may of the museums ... this does sound an interesting book ... I will have to look out for it.

    Happy Weekend Wishes - this week has just zoomed by

    All the best Jan

  9. I read this book a long time ago. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. I love when a book is like that!

  10. I'm so happy you liked this book because I absolutely loved it! I even liked the format, and before I read it I didn't think I would like reading the letters.


  11. I've been looking for something new to read, this looks fantastic! I have to check it out! Thanks for the recommendation :)!

  12. I loved that book very much, it was so interesting and I loved the characters.

  13. I adored this book! I felt the same way. I only wanted to read a bit each day as I didn't want it to end.

  14. Sounds like a good book. I read Nicholas Spark's A Walk to Remember in one night. It was one of the best books I've ever read and the only one that made me cry.

  15. This sounds like a great read! I did good reading in December with several mysteries, but I need to keep up the practice and get reading again!

  16. I LOVE this book. I'm reading the Bess Crawford Mysteries now, an enjoyable read.


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