Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Summer Book Review - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This spring, I loaded up on books to read for the summer (you might remember my Book Sale post). Well, I am happy to say, I've read them all, but one AND I read two others not on my list. As a writer, I wanted to learn what I could from the author on story, content, delivery, etc.

Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

What I learned: 
1. Letter-writing format can work well. In this case, it was VERY well done. I was never confused as to what character wrote what letter. 
2. Unusual titles stir up interest. I had to get this book because I had to know why the the society was called Potato Peel Pie Society! 
3. Historical facts can be worked into a piece of fiction and still educate the reader. This book is set at end of WWII. I learned some true facts about the war and had a lovely time doing it.

What I liked: The relationships that were built through the letters.

What I didn't like: One of the letters (only one) bogged me down with facts. I learned later that the author's health failed and her niece stepped in to do the rewrites. Since the style of the letter I am talking about was different, maybe it was a rewrite. Other than that, I did not want the book to end. I just wanted to stay in Guernsey! Note: visiting Guernsey is now on my bucket list.

Recommend: OH YES!! I think this one was my absolute favorite summer read!


  1. I read this book last year and the title is what intrigued me to find out more about the book. I read it and it was probably one of my top reads from the past year. Loved it!

    1. I know I LOVED it too! Such a sweet book.


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