The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It has a number of elements that I enjoy:

1. written using letters between the different characters

2. era is right after World War II

3. not much overt violence

4. Quirky, the way we know people really are, and not unbelievable.

I also like the style of writing. The authors show how reading can change a person’s life and the authors highlight a variety of readers. There are people who read everything. There are people who read one book only and there are people who only read one author or about one author.

Juliet is an author on a book tour who is looking for her next book project and trying to get over the horrors of World War 2 in London. Her book tour is highlighted by Juliet throwing various pieces of crockery, books and even a teapot. She is brought back to earth by a letter from a stranger who bought a book that she sent to a used bookseller.

That letter starts a chain of events that leads to Juliet’s new adventures.

Part of the attraction is that the reader gets to see into people’s lives. There are no extraordinary events, but the book makes regular events seem extraordinary.

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