An interesting cast of characters drives this story set in post WWII on the island of Guernsey off the coast of England. I'm not usually one for books set in this time period, but found myself totally caught up in this one. We learn through letters about the islander's experiences during their 5 year long occupation and how the bravery of one particular woman, Elizabeth, affected them all and led to the formation of the "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society."
There is plenty of sadness, as is to be expected, but also bright moments of hope and laughter, too. And, best of all, sprinkled through out are references to other great books that, if I can recall them, I want to look up and read for myself. Letters of Seneca: a Roman philosopher, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, just to name a few ... So, if you enjoy glimpses back into our history and being introduced to characters you'll call friends, pick this up soon.