I have nothing but rave reviews for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I try to describe it and all I can think of is the word “delightful.” It was one of those reads where I was actually smiling while reading it because it was just so good.
The book takes place in post World War II on the island of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. It is technically not part of the United Kingdom but most of it’s foreign relations are handled by the British. It is a little discussed detail about that war so that in itself added interest. It is a small island and pretty isolated during the time period the book takes place so everyone seems to know everything about everyone else.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is written as a compilation of letters back and forth between different characters which allows the story to be told from many different perspectives.
The characters are the story. They are just so real and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing their different voices so clearly in their letters. They made their stories personal and touching. The stories are of love, betrayal, strength, and fortitude but all often coming from an unlikely source.
This book has been made into a movie, which was released on Netflix on August 10. It was exciting to see the characters come to life on the screen and the movie itself was cute. However, like most books that have been made into movies, the book was superior. It is a quick read so you could probably get through the book within a day or so and then watch the movie all in one weekend.
On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest it rated the following:
- Laughs: 4
- Tears: 3
- Cheese: 1
- Predictability: 2
- Overall: 5/5
You can find The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society here.
Currently reading: The Midwife’s Revolt by Jodi Daynard and Making it Work by Kathleen Glassburn
Currently Listening to the podcast: I, Survivor
Click here for more reviews from the Book Club.
It sounds like the kind of book I’d love, will look into it
This book sounds so interesting, loved your review.
I love a book that includes different perspectives! This one sounds interesting. Unfortunately I dont see it on Canadian Netflix so I guess the book will have to do 🙂
Just saw that this is now on Netflix too! Need to check out the book
I keep seeing reviews about how great that book is! I’m going to have to add it to my to-read list!
This sounds like a really love summer read.I can just imagine it being perfect for sitting in the back garden with in the summer breeze.
I love the review, but honestly, I was sold at the title. That title just pulls me in. It’s delightful.
I just saw this advertised the other day for Netflix and was intrigued and instantly thought – I bet this book is amaizng. Because books are always better than movies.
I’ve always enjoyed books with different perspectives, it makes it a lot more interesting and I feel like you get to really know the characters that way. And I totally agree, the book is ALWAYS better than the movie!
Great review! I have the bookstore open in another tab with a shopping cart full, but it looks like I’ll be adding another title 🙂
This book was recommended by a friend. Now I am really looking forward to reading it.
What a great-sounding read! I always love finding new books that others have really enjoyed. I hope I have a chance to read this one soon before I’m tempted to see the move on NetFlix first!
This book sounds fabulous! I like to read books like this at the end of a long day. It is a great way to rewind and relax. Thanks for sharing your review.
This book sounds like something that I would really love. I always love to read the book and THEN watch the movie so that will be on my to do list.
I love your rating system!! I totally need to do something like that. I have this on order from the library but it hasn’t come in yet, I definitely want to see the movie but want to read the book first!
That’s interesting! I am now tempted to see the movie but will surely get a copy of this.
This is great! I’m always in the mood for a good book. Happy to have found a new one to check out!
Thank you for sharing this book. I’m always looking for a good read, and I’m about ready for something new
Looks like a good book to read! Thanks for your review. Keep it up!
This title has been on my must read list for a while now. I need to check it out and read it. Your review convinced me to go get it.I have seen this title advertised on Netflix recently too.
Sounds like a must read. My bookworm husband is always on the lookout for new books to read. I will tell him about this one.
I saw a preview for this book on Netflix, looked really good. I didn’t know there was a book. I will def have to check it out.