Author – Mary Ann Shaffer/Annie Barrows
Genre – Literary Fiction
Publisher – Bloomsbury India
Year – 2018
Ratings – ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
One of the most oddly satisfying book I have ever read!
In the early 1946, Juliet Ashton a British writer and a former war journalist is going through the writer’s block. Suddenly she gets a letter from Dawsey Adams who got her address from a second hand book. He informs Juliet about the Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society and asks her for some books as there are not enough books in Guernsey. Guernsey is the only British Island which was captured by Nazis for five years.
They exchange letters and Juliet asks about the origin of the Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society. Soon all the members of the society are writing to her and sharing the details of the horrifying war and what it did to them. To write a book in this society Juliet decides to go to Guernsey and thus changing her life forever.
The plot of the story is as cheesy and as cliche it gets. But the way the novel is written is just adorable. It is an epistolary novel (one told entirely through letters and telegrams).In this generation of texting it was a pure delight to read a book in the form of letters or telegram that it overpowers the cliche plot of the story.
Am I the only one who thought Juliet Ashton was too good to be true? She is witty, funny, focused, brave, compassionate, a good friend, good with kids and loved by everyone. I couldn’t find a single flaw in her character which doesn’t sit good with me because perfection is not real.
The details of the war is horrifying and unflinching. And I really like that it showed there are good people and bad people on both sides of the war. Sometimes you don’t get to choose which side to be on. But at the end humanity makes you immortal than your victory.
I am in love with Guernsey. I love how author has described the place, its serenity, peace, calm and most important the people of Guernsey. They are simple yet interesting.
Even the love story is too cute to resist. I personally like the character of Dawsy Adams the one who doesn’t speak much but all are irresistibly dependent on him. He is the one who connects Juliet Ashton and Guernsey and is a side hero who doesn’t get much appreciation.
The plot is cliche and the protagonist is too perfect but the format of the book is really heart warming and plus it is a book about books what more you want?! I know my review contains some of negative pointers from logical point of view. But the truth is I adored this book even through all of its flaws because it has a certain charming effect to it. And one of the rare books I am going to reread!