I have to confess – I got into bed last night at 7:15. I know, pathetic, right? It seemed crazy to actually go to sleep before it was even dark outside, also my kids would have mercilessly harassed me if I had, so I decided to read for a bit.
I have several great books on my nightstand ….
but I wanted something different. So I went to Jordan’s bookshelf and chose one of my favorites! One of her favorites too – that’s why it’s in her room.
Anyhow, the book is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Don’t let the title scare you – it’s worth the read! The book was recommended to me and as soon as I heard the name – I was not interested! Then I started hearing great things about the book, so I gave it a try. I’m so glad I did. It is an epistolary novel, meaning that it is all in letter form. The authors do an amazing job developing the characters, I got so attached to Juliet and Dawsey that I wanted them to write to me and it made me wish that I was a better letter writer!
A brief description on Amazon says the following, “January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.”
Ok – so that’s not really an intriguing description – but I promise, it’s a great book. I was so sad to see the book end that I started looking for other epistolary novels and found Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy, both by Jean Webster. I think I will save that review for another post!
So the end of my sad story is, that I lasted until it was dark and then went to sleep (by 8:00)!