This epistolary novel is a delight to read. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you feel as many things as if it were a novel written in a most conventional way. It is so beautifully crafted and the letters are so perfectly woven together that you get a global view of the story by reading what every character has to say at a certain moment. So we have multiple points of view since the letters are written by different characters that help to get the real flavor of each character’s personality.
Set in London and Guernsey right at the end of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton enjoys certain fame thanks to her published books. When she gets a letter from a complete stranger, a man called Dawsey Adams, from Guernsey, who claims to have found her address inside a book about Charles Lamb, Juliet doesn’t know her life as she knows it will radically change. After engaging herself in an epistolary relationship with this man and meeting all the members of the very peculiar Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by exchanging letters with all of them, Juliet’s publisher asks her to write a book about Guernsey during the German occupation. By doing that, Julie’s life will never be the same.
Funny, moving, honest, and surprising, this book will stay with you for quite a while after you actually finish reading it.