This book is pure delight. It is set in England and the little island of Guernsey, right after the end of World War 2. The main character is Juliet, a writer, who receives a letter from a man named Dawsey who lives on Guernsey. He asks a literary favor of her and so begins their correspondence. Enter many other creative and lively characters, their letters, their lives, and their literary society, and you have the perfect setting for a story that is witty, romantic, heartbreaking, and engaging in all its dimensions.
The author’s descriptions are magic. I felt transported to every field, cottage, town, city, or ocean view described. The island of Guernsey has now been officially added to my travel list! Set between England and France in the midst of the English Channel, can you imagine how lovely it would be? Just the name itself is appealing.
The characters absolutely endear themselves to you. Whether you instantly fall in love with them or you come to disdain them, they form one of the most delightful groups of people you’d ever come to meet. They are so well written, each one unique in their own way, and everyone of them causing you to wish that they were real and you could go spend a month traipsing around Guernsey with them.
The based-off-of-historical-facts bits and pieces that are shared are sobering, just being reminded of the devastating affects of that war. The sweet side of those facts is being reminded of the unbreakable bond that tragedy unites amongst friends, family, and even total strangers. Beauty wrought from pain.
You must add this title to your book list, friends. It is one of those I’m eager to read again, and can’t wait to share with my girl when she grows older. It’s just lovely.