In looking for the next "good" book to read I happened upon a review of this title and was quickly drawn in by... well, just about everything. It centers around an unlikely book group. It makes mention of and draws parallels with some great authors and their literary works - the Bronte sisters to name a few. With a setting in London and the Channel Islands just after the German Occupation of World War II, this novel appealed to my love of historical fiction. And it is a debut novel... something I am always fascinated to find and explore!
As I began to read, I was put off just a little by the book's format, a series of letters written between the people of Guernsey and a young author in London, but quickly found this quite charming. (Not to mention this succinct style worked well for me -- a mother of two young children!) I was quickly and thouroughly drawn into the correspondence between this varied group of people. And though I thought I knew what I was getting into with this book, I found it to be anything but predictable. I was hooked from the first page to the last and even with a joyously happy ending I was left wanting to know more. And hoping to read more from Mary Ann Shaffer and her aunt/co-author Annie Barrows in the future!
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