Date Read: September 4, 2019
Author and journalist Juliet Ashton has just returned from a book tour of her largely successful Izzy Bickerstaff Goes to War when she receives a letter from one Dawsey Adams with a request, which turns into correspondence, which turns into correspondence between Juliet and almost the entirety of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
An epistolary novel, each character revisits WWII and the German occupation of Guernsey within his or her letters to another character, and the aftershocks of the war are, if not always clearly stated, certainly implied and not hidden. The visibility of these effects throughout the characters are also on their recovery and rebuilding of themselves and their society gives Guernsey a respectable depth that is sometimes missing in historical fiction. My only critique of the novel’s composition is that the letter writing provided an excellent opportunity for each character’s distinct voice to be exhibited, but this only seemed successful in a few cases; many of the supporting characters’ voices tended to blend together.
I *adored* Juliet. Her strength of character, her quirks, her spunk, her determination, etc. remind me of Anne Shirley in the fondest way. She does not shy away from bold opinions, and her turns of phrase are equally delightful. This was a protagonist I am so pleased to have known, and one of the few characters I encounter that really make me think, “I would LOVE to sit down for a cup of coffee with this person.”
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is thoroughly enjoyable, charming, cozy, and whole host of other warm and fulfilling descriptors. This was a wonderful read to bridge into autumn and cooler temperatures, as the perfect pairing for Guernsey would be a nice cup of cocoa, a comfy chair, and a warm blanket.
Get The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society here or at your local library, and, as always, happy reading!