I enjoy books that are written as letters and The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (Allen & Unwin, 2008) is such a book. By leaving time gaps between the letters the reader’s imagination is left to fill in the details. I find this a very clever device and Mary Ann Shaffer employs it well. Compiling the story in short letters has the effect of moving the story along at a good pace and it doesn’t get bog down in the details. Nevertheless there are enough short descriptive pieces to give the reader a good feel for the location.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society is a moving story of life and loss following the German occupation of Guernsey during World War II. Juliet Ashton is a London writer who begins corresponding with several residents from Guernsey and develops such good relationships with them that she arranges a visit in order to write a book. However events conspire that permanently change the direction of Juliet’s life.

This is an enjoyable read, full of interesting characters and believable situations. It creates enough intrigue that you just want to keep turning pages til the very end.