Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Summary: Just after the end of the second World War, Juliet Ashton becomes friends to a man in Guernsey through an unusual way, of a book she use to own. Wanting to know more about this place called Guernsey and the Literary Society that Dawsey is from she begins to converse to them through letters. A story of how friendship can be made through books even at the worst of times.
My Thoughts: This book is written in the form of letters that are sent from friend to friend. You have to pay attention to who is writing to whom because there are a lot of characters. There were also times when I had to put the book down because I felt so overwhelmed from so many of them. The story was interesting and at times quaint but I can not help but wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I read classics more often. The books aren't the core of this story they are just the start of a friendship between strangers from different countries. At times it also did annoy me that there was no real plot just little tidbits about each others lives. I want to like the book more but can only say it was ok and an interesting setting. 2 Stars
About the Authors: This is Mary Ann Shaffer's first book. She has worked as an editor and a librarian. She is also the aunt of the second author Annie Barrows who has written a few books namely the Ivy and Bean series for children. You can visit Annie Barrows at her website she also a page up for this book which is due to be on sale July 29, 2008.