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"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer

This was a book written in an unusual style!  It is all a series of letters and telegrams between a writer named Juliet Ashton and others.  It is just after World War II ends and Juliet is at her wits’ end to come up with a subject for her next book. Then, she is contacted by a stranger who found her name written in a book by Charles Lamb.  That encounter embarks her on a remarkable journey that changes her life forever. 

At first, she and this stranger just correspond about the events taking place after the war on his small island of Guernsey and how his friends and neighbors survived the Nazi invasion by forming the Potato Peel Pie Society.  Eventually Juliet is contacted by other members of the Society and she decides that she must visit their island to meet these warm & charming characters in person.

The author did a wonderful job of describing these characters so that you feel they are your friends. The town is delightful, and the reader even gets a dose of history regarding WWII. The novel reminds me of Jan Karon’s Mitford Series.  I give it 5 stars!

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