January 1946: Writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Soceity. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Gurnsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.
This was my bookclub's October pick. I do not usually seek out historical fiction and the last one I read, Shanghai Girls, was good but depressing as hell. I was afraid that this novel about World War II and the German occupation on the island of Guernsey would be equally depressing. After all, how could war not be depressing?
I was pleasantly surprised. The format of the novel is a series of letters written by the different characters and it made for a very interesting read. The letter writers were able to weave in their "war stories" from their point of view and while some parts were a little graphic, I didn't find myself getting depressed. It was beautifully written. It made me smile and actually giggle to myself at certain points. And in the midst of it all, a love story emerged. I loved it.