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It's been a while since I've read a book that I wanted to keep going.  You know, past the last page.  In fact, this last year of bookclub was chock-full of books that were difficult for me to get through. Not because they were hard, but I didn't always find them engaging. And I don't really have enough time to sit around reading books that feel 'assignments.'  Bleh.  I had enough of that in school. 

I was beginning to feel like a failure of a member.  

And then our March selection reminded me why I love reading so very much.  How you can, by opening the pages of a book borrowed from the library, be convinced to sit down, snuggle up, and get lost in a story. Forget the laundry.  Forget the closet reorg project.  That sewing project that can wait.  Lost.  That is the best way to describe it. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. (image, amazon.com) 

In the highly unlikely event that you have not heard of this book or read it yourself, run, do not walk, to your library, and pick it up.  I recommend finding a comfy spot immediately thereafter and having, perhaps, rations nearby. 

Prepare to make friends with some memorable and enjoyable characters.  Prepare to get sucked into  a sweet, but not sacharrine, love story.  Prepare to learn about the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WWII.  It will break your heart.  And lift your spirits.

I know, I know, I know.  It's been out since 2008.  It was a best seller and it has garnered major acclaim.  Good golly, it deserves all the favorable reviews.  

Also, it's written as a series of letters, from a variety of characters and viewpoints.  That can take a few pages to get used to, but I do think it makes the story even better. 

Also, I want to be Juliet's neighbor.  I think Fidget and Kit would get along well.

Enjoy.  xoxo



Oh, I love this book. I was lucky enough to attend a lunch with Annie Barrows, given by Random House. There were just 20 of us and it was so fun.


I am so incredibly jealous, Jan! xo


Yup, it's great. I read it in December, whilst on a cruise. (Yes, I did throw "whilst" in as an homage to the book). Glad you enjoyed it!


This book is what prompted our book club to start! We are about as productive of a book club as they are too :-) ...even to the point of us not all reading the same book if one isn't striking us. Another good one was Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.


I loved it, too, and have recommended it to others.

UK lass in US

I like the tone that their letters had. I miss the days when my friends and I would write letters to each other, rather than quick e-mails. Anytime one of us went on holiday, we would send them on their way with a letter to while away some of the journey.

Lina Dickinson

It was such a great book! I didn't read it for a long time because of the title...glad I overcame that :)


Ok, I must be living under a rock because I have NEVER heard of this book! Trying to figure out what time I can steal away today to get to the library... I guess laundry can wait. :) Thanks for the reading suggestion!


This is a great book-Margret George wrote a book based on a murder mystery in Guernsey that I want to read.

Alicia A.

I LOVED that book too!

Mary Smith

I'm always looking for a good book. I'd like to take a look at that one. Thanks for recommending it!


I loved this book as well. I came across it randomly on a table at my library of recommended reads by the staff!

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