Friday, January 15, 2010

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Thumbs Up.

This is one of the quintessentially feel good books. The story, set in Great Britain during the immediate aftermath of World War II, is told through a collection of letters to and from the main character, author Juliet Ashton. The letters flow briskly between Juliet, her publisher, her best friend, and various other colorful characters.

Through kind of a fluke occurrence, Juliet begins a new correspondence with Dawsey Adams, a farmer from Guernsey. They develop a sort of pen pal friendship which eventually leads Miss Ashton to the idea for her next book.

The book is filled with beauty, fun, courage, and love as the characters share their stories of survival during the recent days of fear and sadness.

The original author, Mary Ann Shaffer passed away before this her first book was in its final form. It was finished by her niece and fellow author, Annie Barrows. The end result is lovely, and I can't help thinking the world has missed out on a little more beauty with Mrs. Shaffer's passing.

1 comment:

  1. Wasn't this an amazing book? I stumbled across it on a list of someone else's "to be read" and picked it up. I loved the letter format and found it to be thoroughly enjoyable so I had to enthusiastically second your already positive review :)