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Friday, July 25, 2008

Read This Book. I Mean It.

Having received The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (how's that for a title?) as an Advanced Readers' Copy for the Amazon Vine program, I wasn't precisely sure what I was getting into, though I'd heard a few people discussing how wonderful the reviews were for this book. After reading the description, I decided I should give it a go. And am I glad I did! This one will land in the top ten of 2008 for me.

TGLAPPPS is set just after World War 2, when author Juliet Ashton begins a correspondence with a man on Guernsey Island after he spies her name on a second hand book they both enjoyed. Juliet is so delighted that she not only writes with Dawsey, but soon other Guernsey Island inhabitants; soon she is plotting a book based on the WW2 occupation of the island by the Germans. When this idea entails a trip to the island, Juliet becomes even more immersed in the people and culture. But will she stay?

Told in epistolary style, this book is just a delight. I loved the characters and Juliet in particular. The pages fairly flew because I needed to know what would occur next. My only complaint was that it took me nearly 50 pages to begin to get the correspondents straight--I kept having to check back to see who was whom. But that's a small price to pay for such a delightful read, and characters I will think about for a very long time.

My amazon review is at Please stop by and vote if you feel like it.



Andi said...

Great review, and I always sit up and take notice when you mention a top 10er!

Elizabeth Chadwick said...

I'm just finishing this one and it's brilliant! It's actually the first Amazon Vine read I've had that I'm going to give 5 stars!

Les said...

You and I wrote almost the exact same review! It was a delightful read, wasn't it?! I could read it again, right now, which is saying a lot about how much I enjoyed it.