Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From Ann to her blog readers,

Dear Friends,

I just finished reading Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows wonderful book and feel like I have new friends. The funny thing is that I have resisted this book for years because of what I considered a cutesy title. Nothing in the reviews I scanned encouraged me to pick it up.

But this fall some friends joined me in a book club and each member chooses what we will read in a particular month. A friend, who in the past has introduced me to some wonderful reads, chose this one. Well, I sighed and ordered the book from the library.

Can you imagine how astounded I was when I found out what a wonderful story was told through a series of letters about life on the island of Guernsey during and immediately after the German Occupation in World War II. I didn't even know where Guernsey was located before!

And then to find out that Mary Ann Shaffer died in February 2008, a few months before her first novel was published, made me sad. She worked as an editor, a librarian, and in bookshops. I am sure we would have been great friends just like her fictional character Julia felt that she and Elizabeth would have been friends . 

I loved the comfort this wonderful book allowed me to share during a difficult time. It's not great literature but I don't think it is trying to be something it isn't. It is perfect as it is.

I wish people still wrote letters. And I wish I knew people who could write ones like these.

Yours ever,

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1 comment:

  1. Hi there, there is a collection of book links happening right now at Carole's Chatter. This time we are collecting links to posts about your favourite historical fiction. Here is the link Your Favourite Historical Fiction Please do pop by and link in – maybe this one? Have a lovely day.