5 out of 5 stars
The only thing that you will not love about this book is the title. The title was so long and “fluffy” that I did not pick it up based on snobby principle. However, in the end my Amazon suggestion page won and am I ever glad it did. This was in my top 10 that I read in 2010, and really it is probably up there for my all time favorites.
The year is 1946 and Juliet Ashton, a writer in London, is tired. She is struggling with covering the same post-war stories that come her way. Suddenly inspiration hits in an unlikely letter from Dawsey Adams, a Guernsey farmer. Dawsey finds Juliet’s name in the front of a used book he purchased. What follows is a correspondence between Dawsey, Juliet and the whole Guernsey gang. The things that Juliet hears about Guernsey range from the mundane, to the hilarious, to the heroic acts of everyday people during World War II. This not only alters Juliet’s work, but her life. And if I’m being honest, came close to altering mine. I felt as if I lived in Guernsey with these people and was so sad when the book ended. What could have been just a sweet story became so much more with this superbly written novel.
Go visit Guernsey and happy reading!