Like Kristen, I devoured this book fairly quickly. And like Kristen, I'm not inclined to tell you much of the story because I think that kind of ruins it. I will tell you this much. The novel begins in post-war England in1946 (no I didn't remember that, I looked it up), and flashes back to the time that Guernsey was under German occupation during World War II.
As Kristen mentioned, the story is told through a series of letters between several different characters, which I find an utterly charming way to tell a story. Sadly, with such a terrible memory as mine, I have trouble remembering the details of the novel, but I do remember this: I laughed, I cried, and I cheered. And I was so sad when the letters ended. To me, that's evidence of a great book.
Not too heavy, this book makes for a great vacation read. Want to know more about the story, or interested in reading it as part of your book club? Definitely visit the book's site, which contains some delightful information, including a recipe for Potato Peel Pie.
Tell me readers, what's your criteria for deeming a book a great read? And do you have any recommendations for us?