"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Initial Response: Brave Kindness
First Sentence: "8th January, 1946 - Mr. Sidney Stark, Publisher - Stephens & Stark Ltd. - 21 St. James's Place - London S.W.1 - England - Dear Sidney, Susan Scott is a wonder. We sold over forty copies of the book, which was very pleasant, but much more trilling from my standpoint was the food." - Mary Ann and Annie (written in the form of a letter, hence my overdone first sentence)
From the Reader: I don't know why it took me so long to read this book. It embodies the reason I love reading. It provided me with perspective, stories, strong characters and it truly made me smile while going through its pages. I personally try and write letters to friends and family I enjoyed this way of reading.
Best With: I still do not understand what Potato Peel Pie is, I feel searching for it on the internet will ruin the magical factor it has embedded in me. So I had a good chamomile tea with a donut instead! Comforting, warm, supportive, just lovely.
Recommend to: History Lovers, the friend who believes in snail mail, old souls, grandmothers, WWII enthusiasts ect.
Ideal reading spot: I enjoyed reading this at home mostly, it was so comforting reading a novel in letter format. An experience I crave again. I could pretend each letter was written to me personally, immersing myself in the book so well I would be started to find myself in Minnesota again when I was done.
Category: I had trouble sorting this book. WWII novels are not know for their cheer, however the support and love that radiates from these pages provides so much joy in the reading experience. Clear Skies seemed the best solution at the time, but I imagine it will depend on the reader.
On the Pages: This story follows Juliette, a writer in London as she finds the next subject for a novel. On this journey she is introduced to the inhabitants of Guernsey Island, they are diverse in personality, full of character and I fell absolutely in love with them. Each provides their own outlook on the war ranging from the beginning, middle and end. Also the sad, triumphant and noble. The entire book is written from a letter perspective between the different parties, through this medium you receive such a genuine reading experience. I am sure you will love it as much as I did, if not you don't have to mention it :)
Finale: Courage, like people, comes in all shapes, sizes and personalities. Recognize it and above all be kind in the bravest most daring ways possible.