I devoured this book! After hearing only good things about this book, I was still a little hesitant because I didn't know whether I would like the letter format of the post-WWII setting. Nevertheless, once I started it, I could not put it down! The letter format really added to the story--it allowed the reader to get to know each of the characters. By the end, I considered the characters dear to me as my own friends. My favorite character, by far, was Juliet. She was quirky and witty, and her humor was infectious. I also enjoyed the various stories from World War Two. Nothing was too dry or fact-based. They were human interest stories that offered insight to what it was like to live in Europe during the war. Above all, though, this is definitely a book for book-lovers, especially for people who love book about books and book-lovers. Now, I'm scrambling for a copy of my own!
EDIT: Re-read January 2012
Just to add onto my previous review for this, I will say this definitely lives up to a re-read!
If ever there was a better book written for book lovers by book lovers, I'd like to see it. This was just such a cozy book, and the fact that books and literature played such a huge role in the story made me want to literally hug this book.
I've never had a problem with novels in epistolary format (uh, hello...Dear America books were the bomb). The authors did an exceptional job keeping the letters realistically concise while blending together the plotline and the story.
My favorite part of this, besides the history which was obviously well-researched, was the characters. Juliet is my spirit animal, I'm pretty sure. She is my sunshine on a cloudy day. I just love her. The other characters were distinct, as well; each character stands on with their own personality.
Overall, a joy to read, whether for the first time or not. I definitely recommend to book lovers everywhere!