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Posted by Gina Schwartz on August 22, 2010 at 7:04 PM

This is another novel that I did not do justice.  I picked up this novel in the grocery - yes, I buy books at the supermarket because the title appealed to me and because I have this fascination with World War II stories.  When I bought it not only did I not know where Guernsey was I did not even know if it was a real place.  The novel is written as a series of correspondence via letters an telegrams between Juliet the main protagonist who is a writer and various inhabitants of an island called Guernsey which is one of tthe Channel Islands near Jersey.  The novel tells the story of the lives of the islands people during the occupation by the German Army and of the life of one notable resident.

 

I loved this novel from the beginning to the end .  It is historical, it is fiction, and it is a great love story all rolled into one.  The love story part is even greater because you don't realise that you are reading a love story until the very last pages.  Some of the accounts of the German occupation will make your hair curl but there aren't that many.  This is an all in all great read.  Try it and tell me what you think.

 

Rating 3.5 Stars

 

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2 Comments

Reply Ali
12:49 AM on August 24, 2010 
Sounds like one I'll have to try... thanks for the review
Reply Lucy
11:59 AM on November 30, 2010 
Thanks for linking me to your review. I'm glad you liked it. I think if it hadn't been written in letters I would have prefered it.