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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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Nov 23, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: adult-fiction, historical, tuesday-night-book-club, written-in-letter-form, wars-wwii, love-story, arc-random-house, england
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WWII has just ended and author Juliet Ashton is hoping inspiration for a new book will come soon. Her wildly popular book, Izzy Bickerstaff Goes to War has left her faithful following clamoring for more. Serendipity strikes and she receives a letter from a stranger, Dawsey Adams who lives on the British isle of Guernsey. He picked up a Charles Lamb book once owned by Juliet and writes her in the hopes of her recommending more of the same. As their correspondence flourishes and delves into personal and professional topics, Dawsey tells her of his circle of friends and fellow book lovers, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Juliet is enthralled and curious and decides to travel to Guernsey to meet these folksy, compassionate, electic group of people. Once there, she is most happily welcomed by the whole group and her heart is lost to a little girl named, Kit. She finds much more than a story about the German Occupancy of the isle of Guernsey; she finds love that has been elusive, a bodied work which will elicit empathy of human survival, and a lifestyle which becomes her most cherished possession.
Even though the horrors of war are portrayed, without reserve, and how it leaves its victims fragile, weary and despondent, the story weaves throughout its lines the caring and nuturing that a special group of people can bring to all of their lives.

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