Friday, August 19, 2011

Read A Good Book: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows

This is one of the most enjoyable, light-hearted books I have read in a very long time. If you love old-fashioned letter writing or if you are a writer of any kind then I will bet you will adore this story as much as I do. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows was published in 2009 by Dial Press Trade Paperback Editions and is a tale of a newspaper writer who stumbles upon a good book in a used book-store and happens to write a letter to the original owner whose mailing address is tucked inside. Main character Juliet Ashton lives in London and is living in the aftermath of the war while writing upbeat articles for the local paper when she discovers a new friend on the island of Guernsey thanks to the book she found in a used bookstore.

Juliet pries more details out of the shy Mr. Dawsey as she learns of the unique literary society started by chance when an unlikely group of islanders gathered for a pig roast during their time under German occupation. Romance, heartbreak and friendships blossom as a result of these letters along with a rich history of the island painting a beautiful and inspiring picture of the life and times of the people in England and Guernsey.

Without giving any more away I urge you to read this book made up entirely of letters and telegrams sent back and forth among the characters. The characters have their own fabulous personalities and quirks and I bet you’ll be inspired to write old-fashioned letters again to the ones you love.

If you enjoyed the review and would like to find a copy of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for yourself you can check out your local library, local book-store, or follow this link to Amazon:

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