***Contest following review****
My review of this book is a credit to the power of word of mouth. My friend—and fellow kindred spirit—Patti Lacy recommended this book along with several others. Based on the strength of her recommendation I rushed out and bought the novel, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it. When I purchased the book I had no idea it was written as a series of letters. Needless to say, when I sat down to read the book I was initially caught off guard. Once I started reading, I fell in love with the language, tone, and storytelling and I couldn’t put the book down. The authors are a mother-daughter team, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, and they did a wonderful job with this collaborative masterpiece.
First, let me share with you the back cover blurb.
January 1946: Writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.
What captured my heart was the use of language and vivid imagery from that era. In the midst of reading about the hardships the characters faced, as they tried to survive the occupation, I found myself laughing at their quirky habits and strange antics. At times I wished I could meet them—that’s how real the characters were. If you haven’t already read this book I strongly recommend it. In fact, this contest might be the perfect opportunity for you to secure a very gently used copy of the book for your own personal library.
To enter the contest, leave a comment and recommend one or two books on your “must read list.” The contest winner will be announced on March 4, 2010. Chances of winning depends on the number of entries. Contest available to U.S. residents only.