Well, when I first started reading this novel I thought.. "nope, this is probably not for me" I struggled with the letter format and the various characters, not knowing if they would be important or s...
ignficant to the book. However, a friend said, "stick with it " so I did and I have to say I am happy I did. It was a good story with eccentric, quirky characters interwoven within the telling of the awful events of WW2. I did not have any prior knowledge of what happened in Guernsey during the war, and some of the tales told in this book really brought forth the dreadful situations folks found themselves in , even when they were no where near the front line. Worth reading !============
The title is strange. And I feared that this maybe another failed chick-lit reading attempt (like PS I love u). So, even though I bought it a year ago, I got around to reading it now.
And as the rating indicates it was a delight in many ways. Firstly, it reminded me of my favourite childhood author - Enid Blyton and her school stories. The warm stories of so many people and their interactions in an island, like her boarding school - Mallory Towers. Also, the central character is a compassionate , "light-hearted" female.
Also, the way the book has been presented, in short letters instead of chapters, greatly added to the charm and novelty value. Each of the threads - the book club, the hardships of life under occupation, the life stories of the islanders, Juliet's story were good. And above all loved her depiction of the good German soldier. That was perhaps a first in the zillions of WW2 books I have read.
Tempted to pick one up by Nicholas Sparks soon.