Your Next Favorite Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

I’m a huge fan of historical fiction novels.  I love when a book can seamlessly mix real history with a fictional story.  It’s a great way to learn a little something and be entertained at the same time.  And the following book was no exception:

Goodreads synopsis:
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.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

My thoughts: 
 I had seen this book in my roommates little book collection back in August but I wasn’t a huge fan the way it was written.  The story is told through a series of letters between between the main character Juliet and everyone else.  Through the letters we come to learn about the Channel Island of Guernsey that was held under German Occupation throughout the duration of WWII.  I finally decided I wanted to read it after skimming through the first few pages of the book.  Something about it just caught my attention  I cannot tell you how much I loved this book.  One reason this story captured my attention is because I had absolutely no clue that the German’s occupied actual British territory during World War II.  And this book shows how the people who lived in Guernsey used reading novels to help them get past the tough times that had befallen on them.  

Additionally, I was completely wrapped up in the characters, which the author does an amazing job (in my opinion) of developing throughout the course of the novel.  It made me laugh, cry, and gave me a burning desire to see this little island off the coast of France.   I became so enraptured by the descriptions of the island that I had to see real life pictures.  I mean look at this place.

(Sidenote: The author of the book, Mary Ann Shaffer passed away before she had completed the book.  So her niece finished it for her.  Thus why there are two authors credited for writing it.)

(None of these images are mine…I got them all from Google.)
This interesting and gorgeous little island has officially been added to my travel bucket list!

Here one of my favorite quotes from the book:  “That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead onto a third book.  It’s geometrically progressive – all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”In a letter from Juliet to Dawsey  This is exactly what I love about reading too!

I highly recommend adding the book that is based off this island to your summer reading list.  You will not regret reading it! Promise! 🙂

Happy Reading! 

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