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Friday, May 25, 2012

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

This was a sweet tale set in London and on Guernsey Island. The main female character is an author who decides to write a book about the Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society, after one of its members starts a correspondence with her. The book takes an epistolary form, exploring timeless themes such as love, family, and home, all with a poignant but not heartbreaking look at life during the war and the German occupation of the island. The characters were interesting, and fun to read about, especially one Isola Pribby (she was a hoot, and very vivid). I really only have one complaint about the book, that being an apparently too-modern outlook on certain topics. Otherwise, and really on the whole, I would recommend this book to readers of sweet historical fiction.

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