Monday, February 9, 2009

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer

It's 1946 in London. Juliet Ashton is a journalist who spent the war writing witty and amusing columns for the press. Now she wants to put the trauma of the Blitz behind her. Unexpectedly, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, a resident of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. He has a book that once belonged to her and they begin a correspondence based on their mutual love of literature. Dawsey tells Juliet of the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society and of the way the Society helped them survive the German Occupation. Juliet begins to correspond with other members of the Society and through the exchange of letters, friendships develop that change Juliet's life forever.
This was a 'can't put it down' read. The characters are wonderfully drawn and diverse and book describes the traumatic experience of a community under occupation using a delicate balance of humour, sadness and even a touch of romance.

The author, Mary Ann Shaffer began writing this book at the age of 70. She became ill in the final stages of the manuscript and sadly, did not live to see her book published. The manuscript was finished by her niece. If only she had begun her writing career earlier - such a talent! Highly recommended.

Rating - I give this 4/5 GREAT!!

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Reviewed by Julie @ Wendouree Library

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