This novel is about Juliet, a one time author struggling to write her next book. Years before this story begins she had sold some of her books to make...moreThis novel is about Juliet, a one time author struggling to write her next book. Years before this story begins she had sold some of her books to make room on her shelves and make a little extra cash. On the inside of her books, she wrote her name and address. One day she gets a letter from a stranger in another country telling her how much her book had helped him through some hard times in his life. She begins to correspond with this stranger and ultimately learns about a literary society formed by the stranger and some of his neighbors during World War II. Each person within the literary group begins to write to Juliet to tell her of each side of the story. Through this correspondence Juliet discovers a topic for her next book and engages in relationships with each member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
I was not interested in this book when it first came out. The name alone is a mouthful and can put anyone off. However, some ladies in a book group in which I am a member raved about this book and piqued my curiosity. I ended up buying it and devouring it within a day or two. This book is different than a “normal” novel. This story is told in the form of letters. There are many different characters and the reader is given a glimpse into each character by each person’s individual and unique writing style, personality, disposition, and attitude.
When I first read the book I closed it and thought it was “okay.” It’s an easy read and was an interesting concept. However, since I turned the last page and enclosed the letters and the individuals within them between the hardbound covers of the book I have not been able to let those characters go. Each one of them leapt out of the book and I have carried them in my heart with me everywhere I have gone since then. They will most likely join me on my future journeys as well.
This book is full of love and loss, hope and despair. Friendships are created and enemies are found. You will laugh, cry, struggle, soar, ache with pain, and fall in love. It is amazing to me how fictional characters can make such an impact on a person’s life. If you want a book that will make you think twice about your life and the people within it, read this book. Be thankful for the people you have today, the friends you lost yesterday, and the loves you will meet tomorrow. No matter how far away they may seem…they are right by your side.(less)