Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Dial Press Trade Paperback
Juliet Ashton is a single thirty something who has worked as a journalist throughout WWII. The war is now over and life is slowly returning to normal, with Juliet unsure of what to write about next. By chance, she receives a letter from a man named Dawsey Adams who is from the English island of Guernsey. Dawsey has found a used book with Juliet’s name inscribed in it, and has taken the liberty of writing her. In turn, the two begin an epistolary friendship.
Juliet quickly becomes emotionally drawn to the story of Dawsey and his friends, who spent years on Guernsey during the German occupation. Their life and liberty were seriously hindered by the occupation, and is just the emotionally charged story that Juliet is looking for. Dawsey has the members of his literary society write to Juliet to tell of their own experiences during the occupation. Juliet quickly becomes friends with the other members of society, and decides to go and visit them in Guernsey. She quickly becomes acclimated in their lives and before long, it’s as if Guernsey is her home.
Many of you know that I wasn’t a huge fan of this book from reading my Sunday Salon a few weeks ago. My issue was my high expectations of this book–I knew pretty much nothing about the book but for the fact that everyone who has read it seemed to love it. The one thing I enjoyed about the book was the epistolary format, which is always a nice change. Otherwise, while it was a charming book, it did not leave a lasting impression on me. I have a feeling that a few months from now, most of the book will be a faint memory, if I can recall it at all.
Had I gone into this book with different expectations, it is definitely possible that I would have enjoyed the book more. As it stands though, I can’t really understand what all the fuss is about.
I borrowed this book from my mom (who loved it!)