I listened to this audio book and was immediately immersed in all of these characters individual stories. Told through a series of letters, we really get a feel for the era, post World War II, and the city of London. The inhabitants of that city struggling to begin their lives again after living through the atrocities of war. Juliet, who the novel revolves around, is a writer and had a very successful column in the paper under a pen name, about a soldier at the front. As she begins her life after the war, she is struggling to find a subject to write about when she receives a letter from a man on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands, off the coast of England. This letter starts a pen pal relationship with him and his impromptu book club named the Guernsey Literary Potatoe Peel Pie Society and ultimately an idea for a novel.
We are voyeurs of Juliet’s life hearing her inner thoughts and dreams. The excitement of being courted by a wealthy man vs the more simple life she leads on Guernsey and the happiness she finds as a surrogate mother to a young girl whose mother was taken away by the Germans to a concentration camp.
Through letters, we hear these characters individual thoughts and stories about living on an island occupied by the Germans. Their stories were touching, funny and very personal, and for a person who lives in a world full of emails, I really felt the loss of letter writing in our generation. Through letters, friendships were made, foundations for relationships were laid and an unforgettable story ripe with emotion was told.
The audio book was read by a whole cast and they really gave me the flavor of living in Europe during this time in our history. It was an unforgettable experience. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❣️
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