This is the first book review that we’ve done here at Joy & Eva and I don’t know why. Joy and I are lovers of books and back in London we even started up our very own bookclub. Sure, some book clubs might be more about the gossip and wine but usually if it’s a good book, there’s plenty of discussion.
I hadn’t kept up with my book reading because I had way too many things to do here in Brisbane; blogging, studying, doing. But then I went on holidays to the outback (see posts here and here) and in 10 days I got through 4 books (and stopped there because I ran out).
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was one book recommended by one of the bookclubbers back in London before she set off on a long roadie across Africa. We decided not to read it at the time but she had loved it so much that I bought it anyway.
And it was just as amazing as she said. It’s written in a style that I usually wouldn’t be a bit fan of. It’s set back in 1946 and it’s a series of letters written between the various characters. Letters! And I can’t even imagine a time before email!
It was the end of World War II and the book painted a vivid picture of what it was like living in Guernsey during this time. The main character, Juliet, is such an incredible women that you can’t help by be enthralled by her. She is a writer in London and became more and more intrigued by Guernsey, the lifestyle and the people, an intrigue which she passed onto her readers.
This book really got me. Half way through the book and I couldn’t put it down. I was so in love with the characters that while I desperately wanted to get through the book to see what happened, I didn’t want it to end.
So all you bookclubbers out there, I recommend that you read this or even if you aren’t part of a bookclub, put this on your must read list! Great for a holiday.