This book was suggested to me by my Mother-in-Law, her book club had just finished reading it and she just knew I would love it. And I did, but to be honest it did take me a few pages to get into it. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a story written through a collection of letters, and this, I think, is why I was having a hard time getting into the story at first. After the first 5 letters or so I was asking myself why I was reading this book because I just couldn't connect with the characters but then after a few more letters I was so excited to see who the next letter was from and I started to feel like they were my friends and these letters were addressed to me!
The story is about the residents of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, and how they coped with and survived the German Occupation during WWII. The letters are to and from an author that plans to write a story about Guernsey and it's inhabitants and in the process she not only becomes friends with these people but also becomes a resident of the island and a member of their Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society as well. If ever there was an uplifting tale of WWII and Nazi Occupation this would be one. You just want to be apart of this community as it struggled against the Germans and tried to keep some sort of normalcy out of a bad situation.
I will say no more or I am going to spoil it for everyone, and if you want to know what Potato Peel Pie is you will have to read the book for yourself. I will tell you one thing though, after reading this book I have put Guernsey on my "must visit before I die" list.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
If you like this book please read: Suzanne's Diary for Nicolas by James Patterson