This is a charming story set just after World War II of a London writer who – by the serendipity of buying and selling second hand books – comes to know of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, was occupied by Germans during the war. One night, after a secret feast of roast pig, a group of neighbours are halted by a German officer wondering why they broke curfew. The quick-thinking Elizabeth McKenna tells the soldier that they were a book club – and thus the society is born. The pie comes later. But, of course, they all need to start reading books so that their cover is not blown! Some amazing results ensue – as they always do when books are involved!
Juliet Ashton is enchanted by their stories and comes to Guerney with the idea of writing a book. What she finds there is so much more than she imagined.
My only complaint here is at times the epistolary style is tiresome. If I ever threaten to write a novel entirely in letters, please talk me out of it.