Bits & Bobs We ♥: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

by Emily on October 31, 2011

This lovely little book has been one that I look back on with such fondness that I thought I’d share it this week as the Bits & Bobs that I do ♥!  The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society is a novel told in the voice of over 20 characters that make up members of a book club that was started on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel during the Occupation of WW2.

I received this book as a gift while I was on bedrest but didn’t actually read it until Pip was born.  I remember when Sid brought it to me as a gift from a houseguest, I was excited to see the familiar cover because I had bought the same book for my Mom a couple of years back.  It was popular one holiday season when we were living in London and when I read the back cover, I thought my mom would really enjoy it.  Then as it sat next to my reclined chair during my time flat on my back, my mother in law picked it up one day when she was visiting and next think we both knew she had read half the book and said that she had to take it home to finish it that afternoon, putting all else on hold for the day.  She just held it close to her chest and kept saying that I was going to love this book and it was so charming.

What was so very helpful to me about the book, was the fact that I was reading these lovely short letters written between the characters.  I was home with Pip at the time and reading these letters fit so well into the schedule of a newborn with frequent naps, followed by long feedings.  I remember the tears streamed down my face at the end because I was so sad to leave these characters.  I wanted the book to go on and on.

I guess there really is something addicting about reading into others lives in the form of letters that just grabbed me.  That and the characters were so likeable.  The first letter makes you feel like you’ve known the character Juliet for a long time.  She showed her vulnerability, professionalism and goofiness all in one letter.

During a time when the German soldiers marched the streets of this little island, this group of people from all very different walks of life band together to make the time more pleasant.  As each character gets to pick their own choice for the book club author, you learn more about each one of them and they just pull at your heartstrings.

I won’t give away the entire storyline but if you’re looking for a quick, charming book to read on your bus commute, before you drift off to sleep, or something easy to finish in a weekend in the armchair, pick up this gem!  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!  If this doesn’t sound like it’s something you would like, buy it as a holiday gift for you Mum….she will love it!


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