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Monday, June 18, 2012

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann shaffer & Annie Barrows

There have been many good reviews about this book posted elsewhere and I'm just going to add - I loved it, too.

The book is written in letters back and forth from a journalist in London and some folks on Guernsey Island. It is the end of WWII and Europe is trying to put itself back together.

This beautiful story tells of the Nazi occupation of the Guernsey Island for five years during the war. We learn of hardships suffered by both the islanders and the soldiers and yet the overall feeling of the book is one of hope, resurgence, and love.

I very seldom cry while reading or watching movies, but there was one part of the book that I couldn't hold back the tears. Don't put off reading this because it contains a little sadness. I thought the book was delightful. I strongly recommend it to all my blogger friends.

21 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm so glad you liked it. I absolutely loved this one and recommend it to everyone. I've recently picked up a copy of The Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb because of this book. I got it at a wonderful old bookshop near my house. I can't remember the copyright exactly, but it is in the 1870s, I believe. I couldn't believe it when I found it.

Forgetful Librarian said...

I've been putting off reading this even though it has gotten great reviews and is constantly checked out a the library. I actually like books that make me cry and have a sad theme...I am going to read it.

Beverooni said...

You know I've been waiting for your review of this book so I'd know whether or not to get it. It's now on my list of must-reads. Thanks!

J.Danger said...

I dont know how, but somehow you got knocked off of my google reader! But lo and behold I found you again!

Jessica

Tricia said...

I agree. This book is a delight. I love your new look too!

Joy said...

Before I say anything else - I love the new you! :)

As for the book, it's definitely a keeper! I liked it so much that I've given it away as gifts.

Staci said...

I absolutely adored this book and can't say enough good things about it. One of my favorite reads ever!!

Les said...

I'm going to sound like a broken record, but I loved this book, too! So glad to hear it was a wonderful reading experience for you, too.

I love your new template & header! Perfect for spring!

jenclair said...

Me, too. One of my favorites from last year! So glad you enjoyed it!

Kailana said...

I really liked this book! It was one of the books I gave as a Christmas present last year. My grandmother really liked it, too

Iliana said...

I think I'd really enjoy this book. It's on my list :)

Gentle Reader said...

I was absolutely charmed by this book, too. So I made my parents read it, and they loved it, too :)

Deborah said...

I've been meaning to peek in on your blog for a little while now. So glad I did. I'm looking forward to reading more of your reviews.

SuziQoregon said...

LOVE your new decor ;-) I have this out from the library right now. Might be my next read, may hold off till later next week when I'm off work. Mostly I'm just glad to have finally made it to the top of the library waiting list,

Lisa R.D. said...

I can't wait to read this... we have it scheduled for book club in a couple of months. I love feeling so much excitement and anticipation when I am about to read a book!

Kay said...

As you know, this is one of my most favorite books ever. My afternoon book group is reading it now in preparation for our April meeting. The members have been emailing back and forth already (they just picked up the books on Tuesday) with their delight. I think everyone in the group will be a fan when they finish.

Love the new look!

planetbooks said...

This is one of my favorite books as of right now! I just loved everything about it though I was originaly apprehensive about the letter format but it really made the book even more special.
Also, what a beautiful blog you have!
~Karen

Stephanie said...

So far I think I've only heard one negative review of the book - seems like mostly everyone loves it!

Tara said...

I really liked this too!

Marg said...

This is a book that I am recommending to just about everyone because it is such a fun read!

Ryan said...

I can't say I disagree with you. This is one of those books that is difficult to dislike.