The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

How do you cover up a misdeed from the Nazis?  Invent a literary and potato peel pie society, of course.  Well that is how the quirky characters in Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ novel coped.  This aunt and niece team have paired up to bring to life the interesting story of the only pieces of English soil that were occupied by the Nazis during World War II.

Living in London in 1949, Juliet has welcomed the end of the World War II and is now ready to move on.  Coming off the success of her novel based on her experiences in the war, Juliet is ready for her next writing project that has nothing to do with the past years.  Until she receives a mysterious letter from a man from the channel island of Guernsey.  He had found Juliet’s name in a book he purchased and was hoping for some more suggestions. He is the one to introduce Juliet to the Guernsey Literary and Potato peel Pie Society and explains how the citizen’s of the small island had formed the society to cover up an illegal meeting from the Nazis.  From this simple start blossoms numerous letters and deep friendships and Juliet learns about the small island of Guernsey and its role in the war. As time passes, Juliet becomes more and more entwined with the lives of her Guernsey friends.  She has a subject for her new book, but where does she fit into it?

I have to admit, I picked this book up for the odd title, but was wonderfully surprised at the warm, happy feeling the book gave me.   Written in the form of letters, Shaffer and Barrows introduce us to a melee of quirky characters that jump right off the page.  The duo manage to create a story that is touching and poignant yet at the same time down-right funny.  Just as the main character, Juliet, is getting to know and love these people, so will you.  You might even wish that you could sell your house and move to Guernsey just to find out if they could possibly exist.  Probably don’t do that, but definitely read the book.

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One Response to “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows”

  1. jacquelincangro Says:

    Great recommendation! I’ve seen this book in the stores but never thought to pick it up.

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