Loved loved LOVED this book. After about 2 pages it's impossible to put down. It had me laughing outloud, crying and gave such insights about the Second World War. Not a subject I would generally be intersested in. Written brilliantly in a unique style that allows you to put it down after a short read, but you won't want to.
I was told by several people how wonderful this book is, and I finally got my hands on a copy. I am so glad it COMPLETELY lives up to its reputation! Written in epistolary format, this is the fascinating story of writer Juliet Ashton, who befriends through letters several interesting characters on Guernsey Island after World War II, and goes there to visit them for several weeks to interview them for their experiences during the German occupation of the Channel Islands. Funny, heartbreaking, captivating, delightful - this is a story about people and life, with something everyone can relate to. It's fighting for top spot on my list of favorites for the year.
When I first started the book I thought the letter format would be a distraction and I would not be able to get into the story. I was wrong! After the first few letters I was hooked, and grew increasingly more hooked as the book went on.
I saw the Masterpiece Theater Mini-series Island at War before I read the book, so I could see the island in my mind's eye as I read. I strongly recommend pairing the movie with the book; two different stories about German occupation of the channel islands, both very well done.
Loved, loved, loved this book! I was skeptical about reading a book full of letters, but after reading the fourth letter I was hooked and couldn't put it down. The characters in the book are amusing. Shaffer really took her time developing the characters and makes you fall in love with them and you can't wait to see what will happen next. This is a great summer read!
One of the first books I have ever read TWICE in succession. Charming story written in a series of letters between heroine and others. Funny, Sad, great book. I am sorry that the author has died. She is wonderful.