“I don’t want to be married just to be married. I can’t think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can’t talk to, or worse, someone I can’t be silent with.”
World War Two is over. Juliet Ashton, a succesful writer, is looking for her next story when she recieves a letter from a man of the island Guernsey. A total stranger, but one who happens to have found her name written in a second-hand book. What evolves is a correspondence between her, the man and his friends. Juliet gets drawn into their world and their stories about the German occupation and island life, eventually leading to her taking the plunge and deciding to sail for Guernsey.
This books gives me all the cozy feels. Frist of all, this books is written in an epistolary format. It consist of letters back and forth between Juliet and the islanders. At first I was worried that I wouldn’t like this writing style and that it would me leave hungering for more depth. But even though most of the letters are brief; and it sometimes takes a while for a new letter to pop up from the same person, it’s the way in which these letters are written that makes the story so complex. Each person is so different and unique; not only in the story they have to share, but also in who they are as a person. They give us a peek into their day-to-day lives and you can’t help but getting sucked up in it and wanting to know everything about them, why they did this and that or why they hate so and so. Give me all the deets! It made me experience some of that intrigue that Juliet has for them, and at the same time it gave me the feeling I was one of them; a part of their bookclub. Second, doesn’t letter writing just give you all the childhood feels? Growing up I always had a few penpals and it wasn’t until I read this book that I remembered how fun it was. It’s just so old-school and classic (don’t start calling me a hipster).
Besides all the letter writing, I loved Juliet as a main character. She is strong, independent, determined and oh so nosy. She wants to know freaking everything about these islanders and their lives; only for their benefit of course, but as a fellow curious person this drive captivated me from the very first letter. Not to mention, that she’s also a fellow bookworm. Her comments about books, from how to organize them to her favourite ones, they are to die for! It’s like I’m talking to a fellow booknerd, only this one exist on paper (sounds like a booklover’s dream though;))
In the end, it’s the focus on the human relationships between these different people that absolutely melted my heart. They are all so unlike each other, but their instict to survive has brought them all together and gave them something they would never have expected; friendship and books. Something so simple and wonderful has pulled them through one of the hardest moments in their life, WO2. It has shown me that everyone can become friends, and that we all have something we can bond over; direct or indirect.
If you’re looking for a book to snuggle up with during the colder months I’d highly urge you to pick up “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society”. You’ll not want to put this book down. Okay maybe, but only to google for a recipe for potato peel pie (please tell me I’m not the only one who did that?).
- Title: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
- Author: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
- Published: 2008
- Pages: 240
- Rating: 4/5
- Get your copy here!