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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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Apr 18, 12

Read in April, 2012

Delightful. And recommended by Ms Hollis who is a Guernsey islander and makes a divine Geurnsey apple and cream cake!

I never thought so much could happen on such a small island!
This is a true epistolary novel divided into two parts; the first in which Juliet Ashton receives letters from island residents about their German occupation war experiences and the second in which she relates in letters her actual meetings with these people. Overlaid with these experiences that she will use to write her book about the little Channel island, is a romance between her and a rich publisher whose advances she temporarily rejects in order to visit Guernsey to write her book.

The chatty 'girls own' tone belies some of the horrific treatment of POWs on the island and the stories of hunger and hardship. Yet also lots yummy food talk, once they manage to get it.

This is a historical novel in a sense that while the story is fictional (though mirrors the author's desire to write a novel)the historical details are accurate, and from the ecstatic reaction to the book, a lot of people want to know about a little known period in the life of a scrap of English soil!

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