The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
What a wonderful book. I enjoyed it so much. This is definetly a book for booklovers. Guernsey is a small island off the southern coast of England, quite close to France. The island was occupied by the Germans during World War II.
The book, told in letter form (the perfect way to tell this story), takes place just after the end of World War II. A man writes to a woman whose old book he now owns, to ask her if she might help him find other books by the same author. The woman writes back. We learn she is an author, looking for inspiration for a new book and a new opportunity at living again. Her correspondence extends to others on the island, member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. A friendship forms between them. We learn about wonderful people and the suffering endured during the German occupation of their home. The writing is wonderful, the characters become your friends, and the history revealed is absorbing. The importance and relief the love of books and reading brings is interwoven throughout the story. Pick this book up, and you won’t want to put it down.