'"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.'

I adored this book.

I picked this book up on a whim, unsure if I was going to like it or not. I am so glad that I decided to give it a go.

Told through the format of letters, this book had me hooked from the very first page. I was emotionally invested in the characters and their stories. I honestly could put this book down and I was heartbroken when it finished.

As a fan of History, i was surprised by lack of knowledge about the occupation of the Channel Islands. I found myself learning about it with Juliet as the story unfolded.

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows did a fantastic job with this book. Having the story unfold through letters gave it such an emotional punch, and it helped inform the reader without any massive information dumps. This allows the reader to get to know and love the characters through their own voices and their own stories.

Speaking of characters; I think  am in love. There wasn't a character in this book that I didn't have a connection with. I found myself thinking of these characters as my friends. I laughed with them, I cried with them, but most importantly; I loved them.

I honestly don't have a bad word to say about this book. I am so glad I picked it up, and it warms my heart to know that there are books like this out in the world.

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is an absolute must read for everyone.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker