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45. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Borrows
Heart-warming is the best way to describe this book. Also hilarious, heartbreaking, touching, witty...All without being sentimental or gloppy, if you know what I mean. I don't give a lot of 5 star ratings, but I give this one 5 stars without hesitation.
Told entirely through letters, meet Juliet Ashton, author during WWII of a humorous column in a London newspaper, and now in the post-war reconstruction, she is looking for a new subject to write about. Entirely by coincidence, she starts corresponding with some residents of Guernsey, an English island that was occupied by Nazis during the war. She comes to know, and eventually visit with many of the small island's characters over the course of the book - and I do mean characters. Isola is particularly hilarious. Juliet discovers how the islanders resisted their occupation in both large and small ways, such as forming the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (as a cover for a pig-roast!) to sheltering slave workers and paying dearly for their transgressions. This book is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, but ultimately hilarious and unforgettable. All good things for a book to be. Highly recommended!
Chessa , mama to Silas T (6/06) , wife to Chad . Welcome August Emerson! 2/8/10