Dec 30, 09
Read in March, 2009
I have been wanting to read this for a year. As I will be leading the Book Chat discussion on it in a couple of months, I finally got around to it.
The book was charming and delightful! Absolutely wonderful and one I would like to own a copy of to re-read my favorite parts over and over. Simple yet still quite deep. Full of so many characters and wonderful personalities--I fell in love with so many of them! I could completely relate to Juliet longing to visit Guernsey, and never wanting to leave it. There was plenty else that I connected with her on. As well as with other characters.
Very, very well-written. A wonderful must-read for everyone--but especially for anyone who loves reading and knows the power of it. The audio version increased the overall experience to making it superb. Well done and thoroughly entertaining. It had me feeling giddy, anxious, heartbroken, excited, well-versed, sympathetic, in shock. I laughed. I sat in wonder. I felt surprise. I received knowledge and understanding.
Another thing I loved was the historical aspect of the novel, and how it brought together into a seamless whole many different and separate pieces of ideas and thoughts that I've always had about WWII.
Though much of the book was predictable, it still came out in such an amazing way. It compelled you to read on to see how things would turn out. I could not "put it down" (since it was audio). Seriously, the CDs were being taken to the car, the desk computer, the home laptop. And the only reason I didn't finish it sooner was because I was listening to another much-anticipated audiobook.
The only real disappointment (aside from the teeniest sprinkling of language) was that the book ended. I wanted to be a part of these people's lives forever. And I thought it ended too suddenly--not giving me a chance to say good-bye. Yet it did give leave for my imagination to go where it will with how the story was left.
12/29/09 Merry Christmas, me. I now own my own print copy!