An absolutely gem of a little book, this is one that has become popular through word of mouth. Set on the iIsland of Guernsey immediately following WWII the book is a series of letters from the islanders to young author, Juliet Ashton in London. Based upon historical fact, Guersnsey was occupied by the Germans during the war, it presents the best and the worst in human beings. The book club was a spur of the moment invention of an islander named Elizabeth to give an alibi to herself and her friends for being out after curfew. Elizabeth is eventually sent away to a prision camp for harboring a fugitive and it is through the letters of her friends that we learn her story and those of the many endearing members of the society. Finally Juliet is so captivated by their stories she journies to Guernsey to meet them and to see for herself how both the island and its people have survived the occupation. A beautifly written book populated with delightful characters who have survived a horrific period in their history. This is fictionalized history at its best. Copies are available at EVPL.