Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I always keep my ears open for new costume dramas coming out and add them to my To Watch list. A few months ago, I added The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to that list. I didn’t know anything about it. Since I’ve been on a historical fiction bender lately, I decided to check out what my library had for historical fiction and the audiobook for Guernsey… by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows was available, so I snatched it up. Even then, I still didn’t know anything about it. I’m a sucker for books with weird names.

I finished the book this afternoon and almost cried when it finished because I didn’t want it to end. It was lovely. It was sweet. It was funny, devastating and full of heart. It desperately made me wish I could write a book even half as good.

I didn’t even know the book was written in the form of letters when I picked it out, but I’ve always loved books that can do that effectively. I quickly came to adore the hero, Juliet, a London-based journalist who starts writing to several members of a book club formed on the island of Guernsey during the German occupation. She eventually goes to visit her new penpal friends on Guernsey and sets out to write a book about the German occupation.

It’s a great story for book lovers, as all of the characters come together because of their love of books. I know it’s a bit cliché, but I kind of want to go visit Guernsey now, which is something, considering I wasn’t even sure where Guernsey was before I started the book. Now I’ve checked out their tourism website several times…

I’m buying a physical copy of the book just so I have it. No pressure, but the movie has a lot to live up to.

jillianne hamilton headshotJillianne Hamilton is an author, history enthusiast, book lover, and graphic designer. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award. Her debut non-fiction book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is now available. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast and is working on her debut historical fiction novel.
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