Synopsis in a Sentence: Juliet Ashton is a writer living in London during the aftermath of World War II who finds love and the inspiration for her next book on the British isle of Guernsey.
Can I just say how much I absolutely love and adore this book?! It is cute, charming, and interesting with an eccentric mix of characters that truly come alive off the page. Lately, I have been very interested in stories about WWII as my Grandfather was a vet of the war and I'm actually writing a book on the subject as well! :) This book was a great choice to put me in the right frame of my mind for my research...it really evokes the time period of the 40's so well. It is very easily one of the best books that I've read in the past couple of years!
I loved the main character of Juliet. She is a struggling writer who is trying to figure out what the next chapter of her life should be now that the war has ended and she has entered her thirties. She receives correspondence from a man living on the island of Guernsey which was occupied by the Germans during the war and essentially cut off from the rest of the world. Eventually, she begins to correspond with other residents from the Island and learns about the book club they began during the war to maintain a sense of connectedness, fun and normalcy during their Occupation. Juliet finally visits the Island and finds not only a new home...but inspiration for her next book and love as well!
What I loved most: The endearing characters come alive and feel like your friends by the books end. Also, this novel is told completely in the form of letters which is a nice change of pace. Finally, it's worth reading just to figure out the meaning behind the unique title!
What I liked least: I wish there were more descriptions or scenes of the actual book club. It is talked about a lot and is the reason the characters were able to keep their morale up during the war, but there aren't a lot of actual meetings described.