My Take on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

A great way to spend a summer afternoon

By Carla Hedstrom

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My friend Nancy Jelinek, who also reviews books and maintains a blog on Silver Planet, has already posted a review of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows; however, I just finished reading it myself and had to let you know what I think of it too.

It was a very enjoyable read, and I liked the letter format as a way of telling the story. And, as with historical fiction, it imparts information of which I was unaware. Several years ago, I watched a mini-series on PBS about the German occupation of the Guernsey Islands, so I was at least familiar with a little of what went on during WW II. Still, I did not know about slave laborers on the island or that children were sent to England for the duration of the war. It was easy to get absorbed in the story—a great way to spend an afternoon this summer. I highly recommend this book.

By Carla Hedstrom
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