Publisher: The Dial Press, 2008
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Once again, I’m mixing things up with an off-beat review format. This one is in the form of letters, which fits this book absolutely perfectly.
From Jenners to Loyal Blog Readers
I have read the most delightful book! It has a most ridiculous and cumbersome name—The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—but don’t think it is just a silly little book with not much depth. (And tell me, do you not immediately lump it in with books with other silly names, like Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe, without knowing anything about it? I know I did.) This book has something for everyone!
Romance? Check. There is the classic set-up of “The Not Good For You But Oh So Attractive Guy” and the “Off-Beat But Good For You” Guy.
History? Check. Want to know more about World War II and how it affected the Channel Islands? Me neither! But you learn quite a bit about World War II in a painless and fascinating way that truly makes history come alive.
Tragedy? Check. The story lines involving the concentration camps are just heart-breaking.
Whimsy and humor? Check. You’ll just love the colorful characters that populate St. Martin’s Parish on Guernsey Island. One of my favorites was Miss Isola Pribby, letter writer extraordinaire, reader of skulls and Ms. Marple wannabe. And our heroine and primary character, Ms. Juliet Ashton, is absolutely wonderful and everything I wish I could be.
Literary tidbits? Check. The book is (partially) about a literary society, and they often talk about the great books and how they made them feel. I for one want to check out something by Charles Lamb after reading this book.
Unique format? Check. The book is written in epistolary form, which is a fancy way of saying the entire book is written as letters between characters. It was a fun way to get the story, and I was surprised how effective this method was for capturing the personalities, goings on and events of the book. Why do you think I’m writing my review in this way? It gives you a great feel for the book.
I think this book has something for everyone. You don’t often find books that are as delightful as this one, so give it a try. I’m giving it 4.5 stars!
Duh!!! Did we not tell you that over and over again in our glowing reviews for this book? Sure we sometimes rave about books that end up being not as great as we said, but we were right on the money for this one. It was a delight from start to finish. So glad you enjoyed it as much as we did.
The Book Blogosphere
I’m sorry I won’t be giving away this book. I’m going to send it to my mom instead. I know she’ll love it, and as much as I love you guys, I love my mother more. (Sorry … blood is thicker than blogging.)
P.S. Don’t be mad!!! I have lots of other books I’m giving away. Just check the top of my sidebar!
From Loyal Blog Readers to Jenners
We understand. But we are grumbling a little inside. We’ll forgive you this time.
Your Loyal Readers
P.S. Stop putting words in our mouths!