Book Group Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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The bank holiday weekend started at 2pm on Friday at Botwell Green Library when we came together to discuss The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by  Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, the popular post-world war two novel set in London and Guernsey. 



Synopsis: A war-ravaged Britain is emerging from the Second World War. It’s a new start too for writer Juliet Ashton, keenly seeking out material for a new novel. Fate, however, finds its way, as the chance find by a Guernsey native of a book belonging to Juliet opens a surprising door. Soon, what began as a writerly search for inspiration will result in changes she could never anticipate.Mary Ann Shaffer, who was born in West Virginia and lived for most of her life in California, tragically passed away during the manuscript’s editing: the final drafts were completed by her niece Annie Barrows.

Told completely through letters, this is at turns humorous and at turns tragic yet easy to read and would make a great holiday read.
Individually we each enjoyed this book from cover to cover and rate the story as good or excellent.
The majority of the group would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read and would read the author again.
Individual comments include:
It was a nice book, letting us into life as an author during the war and life on Guernsey Island. It was heart-warming to know the warmth and caring among the community with adopting and caring for Kit” – MI
Pleasantly surprised, loved the main character Juliet, and would have loved to have met Elizabeth. Easy to engage with the characters, they could have easily become stereotypes, but somehow they didn’t – the authors leave you enough space to think about the characters and round them out” – Tattyhead
what a storytelling; letters flying all over the place, characters so sweet and varied, magical and easy to read. A very happy ending although so predictable” – MM
This month we are reading non-fiction nursing memoir The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson to be discussed at 2pm Friday 7 June 2019.
So far, feedback is that reading this book is tough going
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