The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I am quite unsure between 2 or 3 stars so i'll settle for something in between.
I had several problems with this book.
First of all, and it has been mentioned endlessly by most people who reviewed this book before me, the writing style. Not only the epistolary form doesn't work very well in this instance - it does feel forced and tiresome at times, just by keeping track of who's writing what to whom - but the same letters, by so many different characters, are too similar in style to one another too be believable. There is a certain effort - a few grammatical mistakes, slight differences in style - to differentiate, but these differences are not nearly enough to justify letters which are supposed to be written by people coming from such different strata of society and with such different education - or complete lack thereof.
Second, the plot is a bit stretched. The main idea was good - i enjoyed reading about the Occupation, it is a period in history i don't know very well and certainly not from a British point of view - but there were many things so unlikely to happen in real life that it spoiled the good idea. I am not talking about Elizabeth McKenna, whose story is the fulcrum around which all the other character's stories gravitate and is the teary element of the situation - but i am talking about the unlikely relationship between Juliet and Dawsey,
So all in all, I thought the book was ok but I cannot share the raving reviews it got and i think it could have been planned and executed definitely better.