I am writing to tell you about the book “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The title of the book threw me at first and, though many people recommended it, I was not eager to read it. Yet another example of not judging a book by it’s cover, or title.
Written in letter form, inspiring me to write one of my own, it is an amazing story about amazing people.
The first letter of the book is written in 1946, in the aftermath of World War 2. The writer, Juliet is tired of writing about the war and looks to her publisher for new ideas. She soon receives a letter from a farmer on the island of Guernsey. When she hears of the islands occupation during the war she is inspired; and you will be also.
Other villagers of the island begin to write Juliet with their stories and what unravels are tales of heroism, friendship, love, and characters that make you proud to be a member of the human race.
It is amazing how much of each persons voice and personality comes through in their writing and how much detail can come through in letters. The story is unforgettable and the characters are amazing. Please take my advice and read this book.
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