Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

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Channel Isles, Guernsey, St. Peters Port from Old UK Photos

What do you think of the Book Review series here on Sweet Athena? I like the idea of incorporating books into the blog. Even in this digital age, they still feel like they are such a big part of life. So far the book reviews have been focused on crafting or cook books in sync with the current season. I am curious though if you the readers find them interesting. Do you like that the book reviews keep with our featured theme or is a book review of any sort worth while to you?  

This month I decided to mix it up and recommend a novel I recently read, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I’ll just start by saying I do not like the title. Sure, it’s catches your attention because it is long and funky. In the end it is just too long and cutesy for me. The book on the other hand is the kind of novel you snuggle up with on the couch and get lost in. The surprising part is that it is structured in the form of letters. I would have thought a book written in this style would be difficult to feel immersed in, but it did not disappoint. It is set in both Guernsey Island and London right after World War II. What I really liked about it is that I have not read too many stories about how people put their lives back together after the war in Europe. I find it interesting to not only discover how people emotional survived the war, but to also see how a person goes back to “normal” life after the dust has settled. There is that perfect mix of history, love, humor and characters to root for. Next time you are looking for a fun read (but still well written), I suggest giving this one a try.

Give some feedback on this series! I want to hear your thoughts. Oh, and if you have read any good books lately, do share. Thanks.



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