Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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images 1 Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyKeeping with April’s “spring cleaning” theme, I chose this month’s book because it felt like a breath of fresh air.  Written entirely in the form of letters, the book explores the recovery from the Nazi occupation of the Guernsey islands off of the coast of England in WWII. The story is a tale of creativity and hope in the face of great tragedy, and explores the resilience of the human spirit.  I loved this book!

When I choose a book, particularly when I am in an independent bookstore with a cup of tea in my hand, browsing, I tend to “feel” my way into my next great read.  Shaffer’s book ”felt” right on several accounts.  First, I was excited to support this darling little bookstore Next Page Books in Frisco, Colorado on a much needed weekend mini-vacation.  Second, I was looking for something a little different.  I was tired of dramas, but wanted a more literary option than a generic mass market mystery.  I was intrigued by the writing of a novel through the medium of letters.  (Literally, the entire book is a collection of letters between the characters, no narration or back story, neat concept!)  Finally, I wanted something on the uplifting side to counter some life stresses I have been navigating lately.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was new, hopeful and interesting, all things I associate with spring time and with the idea of spring cleaning… get the cobwebs out and fresh energy in!  I have been stuck in a pattern of reading mostly psychology and self-help books (go figure!) and this read truly felt like it helped clear the cobwebs, so to speak, of the typical books I had been reading. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society offered me a different perspective and isn’t that the beauty of the change of seasons and all the revitalized energy that comes with it?

Positive, interesting, and well written, with a fascinating story looking at a remarkable time period.  I highly suggest it!  Happy Spring!

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