First off, I don't usually like novels in the form of letters. Except 84, Charing Cross Road.
Second, I don't like books with cutesy titles. It sounded like it had to be a fluff novel, even though most reviews I read said it was not. (Of course fluff is in the eye of the beholder. And there's nothing wrong with fluff; really. I sometimes like fluff. But sometimes not.)
So I am not sure why I decided to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I guess it was all the glowing reviews. And I've been fascinated with the Channel Islands since I read Green Dolphin Street as a teen.
So, after a long wait - it's a very popular book! - I received my library copy.
Hm.... what to say? I'm glad I read it. I did find it mostly fluffy, though there were some serious bits about the war, in particular about a beloved resident of the island lost in it. I think that aspect could have, and should have, been developed more. There were some subplots that were just outlandish and unnecessary. Funny, but I didn't understand why they were there. And I found I started to dislike the main character/letter writer; her writing style was too breezy and self-conscious for me.
I did love the descriptions of the island, and the people who lived there - and their letters. Those characters were drawn well and I liked them. I learned a bit about the German occupation of the channel islands, of which I had known nothing.
Maybe I just want a funny book to be funny, and a serious book to be serious, and this had elements of both. Maybe this was more realistic - of course life is both funny and tragic at the same time. But, it didn't really work so well for me.
Hm, what a dull review. It's an enjoyable book, not great. But most people disagree with me, so... check it out for yourself. And let me know what you think.