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message 1: by John (new)

John Beth, I am a man and if you check my review of this you will see I rate it 5* and would make it more if available.
PS - I'm not SNAG either. Mun

message 2: by Beth F. (new)

Beth F. Hi there John. I’m glad you loved it too; it was a very good read! I’ve recommended this book to more people than I can count and purchased it as a birthday gift several weeks ago.

I’m not sure what “SNAG” means, but I’m still sticking with my original statement that I wouldn’t recommend this book to most men. That’s not to say that there aren’t some exceptions to that rule (there always are) but in general, I think the book would be more appealing to more women than to men as a whole (rather than the individual).

The same could be said for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, which would probably appeal to a larger base of women, but which I strongly suspect has the ability to cross over and appeal to both sexes. At it’s base, it’s a love story, but there is so much more to it than that.

message 3: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I must have missed your review of this; I wondered what you thought about it! I was gushing as well. :)

message 4: by Beth F. (new)

Beth F. It was wonderful, thank you so much for lending it to me! As soon as this book comes out in paperback I'm going out to purchase my own copy. It was fantastic and I'd love to re-read it someday.

message 5: by Rui (new)

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message 6: by Beth F. (new)

Beth F. Thanks but I think I'll pass for now, oh-mysterious-one. Try me again once you post a photo of yourself and create a read/reading list.

But best wishes on your spam campaign!!!

message 7: by Rui (new)

Rui M. Thanks :) I'll do it! :)

message 8: by Rui (new)

Rui M. Hi Beth !
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message 9: by Laurel (new)

Laurel Loved this review, Beth. I'll have to check this one out!

message 10: by Beth F. (new)

Beth F. This was a wonderful book, Laurel. The first few pages are a bit confusing while you're trying to figure out the characters and their relationship to each other, but that confusion is short-lived. I've been recommending this book to everyone I know: my mother-in-law, my mom, my sister and even my grandma, right before she passed away read it and loved it.

It's very short and sweet and one of the most fulfilling things I've read in a long time.

message 11: by Eva (new)

Eva Leger Thanks for the review Beth- I was back and forth on this but I'm going to give it a shot now.

message 12: by Beth F. (new)

Beth F. I absolutely loved this book. It took me a few sittings, only because I read it in the middle of the week (so work got in the way) and I constantly found myself thinking about the characters and the story in the between times.

And it's such a short, fast read, so it doesn't hurt to check it out--you don't have much to lose! :)

message 13: by Eva (new)

Eva Leger I will- I'd seen a few people mention it on the challenge thread and it caught my eye and wasn't past the considering point still when I saw your review. :) I'll let you know what I think when I get it!

message 14: by Young (new)

Young I just finished this book and absolutely loved it. I like the style of reading letters but I fell in love with the people. Wish I could meet them all and be their friend. I was sad when I finished and sadder still to read that this is the only book Mary Ann Shaffer wrote.

message 15: by Janene (new)

Janene We just started a new book club, having our first meeting tonight...and am very pleased to say this book was voted on to read next. Looking forward to it very much.........largely based upon your review, Beth.

Gush, gush, GUSH! lol

(Congrats on your new baby!!)

message 16: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I am half way done with this book, and I am absolutely in love with this book and the characters, And yes, I am feeling inspired to start my own correspondence with my own circle of friends....

message 17: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush!!! GUSH!!!!!
That is quite exactly like what I felt like after reading this book! :)

message 18: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Moore alexander I also loved this! I was assigned to read it for an Comp class in college and I was exrememly apprehensive. However, once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Life changing!

message 19: by Eike (new)

Eike Lorents Hey, just finished the book and loved your review as well, just wanted to let you know :) :)

message 20: by Pam (new)

Pam I agree w you, Beth. Delightful. Pangs of close community living and no freaking tv and electronics stealing away close knit relationships..

message 21: by Jacque (new)

Jacque I grew up in a small community where 40 years later, relationships are still warm and inviting. I, too, enjoyed this book, your review resonated with me and I bought copies for my Mom and aunts.

message 22: by Prachi (new)

Prachi Pati Beth!!! I just finished reading this book, and no one had recommended this book to me. However, I absolutely fell in love with this book, more so because, as you said, it brought back memories of the joys of snail mail and writing to pen friends from distant lands! The excitement of knowing a little about someone , their experiences and the place they live in, their history, everything! Yes, the story or the characters might seem a little far fetched to be real, but cmon, this is fiction! wrapped over some real facts about the war- so who cares! I loved the characters and the book and want to visit Guersney, just for that! hehe

message 23: by Beth F. (new)

Beth F. Glad you loved it! I did too, it's lovely. :)

message 24: by Prachi (new)

Prachi Pati I cant get it out of my head now..:) I'm curious to know what you're reading currently? I've been hearing a lot about this new book called Saint Mazie, but unfortunately, I'm unable to get my hands on a hardcover here in India, and I really like the US hardcover design..hehe, I know, I feel a little shallow, literally judging a book by its cover :D I think you might have some interesting suggestions for my June book:)

message 25: by Beth F. (new)

Beth F. I've only read the first chapter, but today I started Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. It's non-fiction, set during the same WWII era as The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and has also gotten a lot of high ratings from other readers.

It's interesting so far. :)

message 26: by Prachi (new)

Prachi Pati Alright, will try and check this out soon

message 27: by Gina (new)

Gina I totally, totally agree and I'm not even halfway finished it yet! If you want a real treat, get the audiobook. The narrators are amazing and really bring the letters to life. Sorry to all the literary snobs out there looking down their noses but this book is brilliant and makes me wish we still took the time to write letters and slow down a little.

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