Guernsey is a British island in the English Channel and was the only British territory invaded by the Nazis during WWII. This book, told through letters, starts in 1946. Juliet Ashton is a writer in London who receives a letter from a Guernsey man. Their correspondence continues and over time, the whole of Guernsey is corresponding with Juliet. She’s entranced by their tales of the war: despite desperate rations and cruel Nazi overlords, the islanders banded together and formed a book club, to keep their sense of community in tough times.
The voice of each islander comes through loud and clear; you’ll end up crying and definitely laughing.
(Pull quote) ”… Lamb (letter’s author) also taught Hunt’s youngest daughter to say the Lord’s Prayer backwards. You naturally want to to learn everything you can about a man like that. That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive — all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”
This is a book for and about book lovers, as well as a heartwarming, captivating story about a little-known piece of WWII. If you liked “The Book Thief” or “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” (also books about book lovers), you’ll identify with the bibliomaniac characters, and this would be a great book club read!