The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Review

img_8448Watching the Netflix trailer for the movie adaption of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society gave me the kick in the pants I needed to finally get this book off of my TBR. I had a feeling once the movie is out, the book will be gone from the library for months. The trailer for the movie makes me absolutely giddy so I couldn’t wait to see how the book would compare. I first heard mention of this novel while reading The Silent Waters in 2016 by Brittainy C. Cherry and was drawn to the unique title and setting, but never made the time to check the book out from the library. My goodness, how I’ve been missing out.

“Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.”

Upon reading the first page, I felt a sense of kinship flowing straight from the pages to my heart. Since I’ve been able to write, I’ve loved writing letters. When I moved away from Michigan in third grade, I wrote letters to several of my friends for years afterward. To this day, almost nothing makes me happier than seeing a handwritten letter in my mailbox. There’s something about knowing you are holding something someone took the time to pen simply for you. It means infinitely more than any email or social media correspondence because it’s more personal. Through writing, I feel like people are able to share their true selves and it’s infinitely faster getting to know someone through paper than it is in person, especially for us introverted folks. When I discovered the whole book was written in the form of letters, I was hooked. This was such a unique and interesting way to tell a story.

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books.”

The connection I felt with this story goes far past the writing, however, and featured many things I love dearly. As many of you know by now, I love World War II. This horrible time for humanity was able to bring out some of the best character traits in people. I truly believe when there are times of trouble, humans are able to show the shape of their hearts by serving one another. I loved that this book was set immediately post-war in 1946. Many Historical Fiction novels take readers through the worst parts, during the devastation of the fighting, but I have never before been immersed in the recovery period. It’s hard to imagine how many years it took for wounds to heal, and for many, even a lifetime wouldn’t have been able to hide the scars.

Despite the subject matter, I found myself smiling throughout most of the story. Though there were terribly sad parts that made me tear up, the author had a way of making the most of the depressing moments. There was the subtle, sarcastic humor that endears me to the Brits and endless other witty moments that had me laughing out loud.

All the way to the end of the story, including the author’s note, I found myself highlighting passages and eating up every word. At the time of starting this novel, I was unaware the author had passed away shortly before the publishing of this book, never allowing her to see her work come to fruition. Despite her untimely passing, it seems her book has created a beautiful legacy that will continue through the generations to come. She has given the world an incredible gift with this book and I’m so excited to see the renewed excitement the Netflix movie will bring.

My only small complaint, despite my 5-star rating, were the few moments of struggling to understand what was happening due to the ever-changing perspectives of the letters. This also made it a slower read for me, not allowing me to fully get lost in the story for needing to focus on whose letter I was reading at that particular moment.

I daresay this story would be one nearly all book lovers would enjoy! Find the links to purchase this heartfelt story, full of wonderful characters, friendship, history, and love below.

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