Book Review – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (3/5 Stars)

Read this if you:
· enjoy historical fiction
· are bored of typical book and want to try something written in a different format
· are wondering what the heck a Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is!

This story begins in January 1946 when writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man on the island of Guernsey who found her contact information written inside a book on Charles Lamb. As they continue to exchange letters, Juliet becomes enchanted by stories of this man and his friends, who have formed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Their stories give Juliet an idea for her next piece of work and she sets sail for Guernsey where her life is forever changed.

My thoughts on the book:
I both enjoyed and hated how this book was written through letters exchanged among the characters. I enjoyed how it gave insight into how each of the characters was feeling and what they were thinking, instead of just giving these details on the main character. I did find that it felt a little disjointed and hard to follow along at the beginning when the letters to and from each person were too dispersed. I also felt like the ending wasn’t wrapped up as nicely as I would have liked because of the letter format, and I definitely would have loved an epilogue with a few paragraphs to tie up loose ends. Overall, I enjoyed the story that was portrayed in this book but I felt as though it really left me wanting more.

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