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Stock photo. Brand new: lowest price The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable. Another one of those recent successful books that everyone is raving about. I don't get it. View all comments. Gretchen Thank you for this review. It saved me the trouble of writing it. Mar 20, PM. Ann Borchers I loved this book! It was a great mixture of wonderful characters, the tragedy of war and still some humor! Although the abrupt ending frustrated me, the rest of the book was so soothing.

This is probably due to the fact it was written in letters to loved ones and not the subject matter itself, as it focuses heavily on the atrocities of WWII. Also, it's a book about books! Nothing makes me happier than reading a book about why reading is wonderful. I read this because I watched and loved the Netflix adaptation yes, I'm that monster who sometimes watches adaptations before reading the source material. I think I may have liked the movie slightly more, not that this was bad or anything.

So if you liked the book, I recommend the movie and vice versa! View all 10 comments. Jul 20, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: predictable , , historical-fiction. How delightful if that were true. What do you get when you combine a roast pig dinner, an unavoidable lie and the most unappetizing pie? Born from the quick thinking of a woman caught out after curfew and continued initially to thwart suspicion from the German occupation, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society took on a life of its own, becoming a salvation to the people of the small channel island during WWII.

Providing hope, friendship and for some, a new-found love for books. An epistolary novel one told entirely through letters and telegrams , The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society picks up post-war, in , relaying bits and pieces from the lives of what can only be described as a witty cast. The bulk of the story is carried by Juliet, sharing her humor and reverie with childhood friends and the people she comes to care for in Guernsey.

In a twist of fate, that very book found its way from London to Guernsey, becoming a treasured tome to the new owner. With their words and stories of survival, the people of Guernsey lure Juliet to their picturesque island. This is not what I would consider a literary tour-de-force by any means; especially where WWII fiction is concerned. Like Juliet, I found myself smitten with the people of Guernsey—one of my favorite letters penned by a reluctant society attendee, turned full-fledged poetry reader, all to impress the woman who eventually becomes his wife.

The back half of the story is much less compelling than the first. With Juliet on the island, the variety of voices from Guernsey are lost, and for some reason, so is her enchanting nature. For me, the story went from colorful to drab, finishing with an untimely and honestly, unfounded question. To be fair, this is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to loves stories, so take my thoughts for what they are—the ramblings of a self-proclaimed picky reader.

With that said, there is something all too charming about a book that pays homage to the written word—highlighting the fact that even in some of the bleakest moments, books wield the power to bring people together. View all 42 comments. Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Schaffer - image from from chrestomanci. The story is told via a series of letters exchanged between residents of the island and a writer attempting to learn about their experiences. We are offered a wide range of characters, some warm and charming, some extremist bu Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Schaffer - image from from chrestomanci.

We are offered a wide range of characters, some warm and charming, some extremist buffoons, some heroic, some not so heroic. The core of the story is Elizabeth, a particularly brave and wonderful individual. She is the emotional heart of the tale, as the many characters all have some experience that relates to her. Another important aspect is how all the characters relate around literature.

From the film - image from Amazon Shaffer offers us a charming and wide-ranging palette of humanity trying their best to cope under very trying circumstances. As someone who knew very little about the occupation of the Channel Islands, I found it educational as well as a fun read.

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It reminds one of Alexander McCall Smith, not, clearly, for the specifics of the location, but for the warmth of the authorial tone. The writers clearly care about their characters and this place the way that Smith hovers lovingly over his imagined Botswana.

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Sit back and enjoy. From the film - image from Amazon The film is available on Netflix. View all 43 comments. Once again I find myself reading ten pages of a book which is meant to be 'great' and wondering why it is just rubbish. I was meant to read this for a book club but it was about as palatable as a potato peel pie so I spat it out uneaten. Now, I'm sure there are American authors who can write in an authentic British voice no one springs to mind, and Elizabeth George is terrible at it but at least her plot is not clunky but Mary Ann Shaffer isn't one of them.

This book has an epistolary plot that Once again I find myself reading ten pages of a book which is meant to be 'great' and wondering why it is just rubbish. This book has an epistolary plot that just goes clunk clunk clunk. Firstly, it is set in London in where we meet a fairly posh author who, rather than using the polite and rather stilted language that people used in sounds like Sex in the City circa I mean, come on, Mary Ann, have you ever even read a letter from ? So, you have letters flying around in which sound like they were written sixty years later. How are you meant to get into this?

Then of course, a man in Guernsey writes to this author woman, says he has found a book with her name and address written on the flyleaf, there are currently no books in Guernsey, can she procure him some from London? Of course the lady author sends this poor man in Guernsey some books and writes him long letters. As if. Note to Americans: posh English authors in would not have been quite this effusive to a person who wasn't even a fan of her books.

Obviously this clunky device is meant to start a stupid story going about this guy in Guernsey telling her all about his experiences when the Nazi's invaded Guernsey. Save me. All about as authentic as a Hallmark movie about the Nazis.

This book reminded me of the children's American Girl series which take periods in history, and have a girl heroine who gives a personal and hightly sanitized view of American history, but does a fairly good job seeing as the audience for these books is 6 to 10 year olds. But this book is meant to be for adults. This is WWII lite. Take this quote: "I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? This sums up the tone of this tome. Twee beyond endurance. I'm in favor of: -pig farmers as romantic leads -parrots named Zenobia who eat cuckoo clocks -women who do the asking I'm not in favor of: -strong silent types as romantic leads -adorable children -parrots getting more page time than goats.

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Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush!!! So yes, clearly I loved this book. However, if you have the ability to find joy and delight in the simple pleasures of a feel-good book, you too m Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush!!! However, if you have the ability to find joy and delight in the simple pleasures of a feel-good book, you too might fall in love with this story. The book is written entirely in an epistolary format, consisting of letters back and forth between Juliet Ashton, a young author in London and several of her contacts and friends.

It is just after WWII and people are trying to reclaim their lives and figure out if and how to move on from the tragedy of the war. But anyway, Dawsey Adams of Guernsey acquires a used book that had originally been owned by Juliet. Before long, Juliet is corresponding regularly with Mr. Adams and several other Guernsey residents, all who had been a part of the Literary Society. She learns that the Society was initially formed as a front to explain a broken curfew but eventually became a rewarding opportunity to meet with friends and discuss a love of books.

Eventually, Juliet travels to Guernsey to meet her island pen friends and it was hard for me to put the book down and get any work done!

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I subscribe to the belief that letter-writing is a lost art form and appreciate books that are heavy on the letters and found the format enjoyable and easy to approach. There is also a very sweet love story in between these pages that made me sigh with contentment when the book ended. It was a highly satisfying read and I think that most book lovers would also enjoy this story.

What if my words misled them? Peter Port rising up from the sea on terraces, with a church on the top like a cake decoration, and I realized that my heart was galloping. As much as I tried to persuade myself it was the thrill of the scenery, I knew better. It has nothing to do with me. I had a cowardly impulse to throw my red cape overboard and pretend I was someone else.

So yes, I loved this book. It was beautiful and charming and a sheer delight to read. View all 27 comments. I loved this book - it's on my favorites shelf. So obviously I recommend it! In my March buddy read with Trish which kind of disintegrated because she raced ahead and finished the whole book in like one day :p I was impressed with how well the authors melded actual historical facts about the island of Guernsey during WWII, and people's wartime experiences, with the novel's storyline.

I could see the seams a little - interesting true stories and anecdotes tend to show up in the book as rand I loved this book - it's on my favorites shelf. I could see the seams a little - interesting true stories and anecdotes tend to show up in the book as random people's letters to the main character, Juliet - but I have to say overall I still enjoyed this book thoroughly. While it deals with some harrowing experiences, it does so with a fairly light hand, which some readers may roll their eyes at, but others will appreciate. It tends toward the "cozy" type of read, which isn't a bad thing in my book.

There's a rich cast of characters, just a touch of romance, and some truly delightful humor. I'll definitely reread this a third time someday. This historical fiction novel is set shortly after WWII, with frequent wartime stories being related in letters between the characters. Through these letters this is an epistolary novel , we follow Juliet Ashton, a fairly successful author of a British humor column, who is searching for a new topic to write about, and trying to decide what to do with her life and her boyfriend.

She gets a letter out of the blue from a man on Guernsey Island, Dawsey Adams, who saw her name in a book and asks her for the name of a London bookshop, and tells her a little about his local book group, the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. One letter leads to another, both from Dawsey and others on Guernsey, and gradually Juliet finds out more about her new friends on the island, what they experienced during the German WWII occupation of the island of Guernsey a few years before, and how their book club was formed and got its name.

When she decides to go visit Guernsey and her pen pal friends there - upsetting her current boyfriend in the process - her life gradually becomes intertwined with theirs. This book includes some fun and often quirky characters, quite a bit of interesting and sometimes harrowing WWII history, a love for literature, frequent humor, and just a little bit of romance. View all 61 comments.

Our faces always give us away. Now, this work and yours truly have been through a stormy relationship. However, I recently watched a documentary about the Channel Islands and I took it as a sign. And I am very happy to tell you that it is a delightful, meaningful novel. It protects the reader from awkward dialogue and repetition. The story in a nutshell. Juliet is a rather successful writer who desires to finally write something that will be fulfilling to her aspirations.

A letter of chance by Dawsey, a resident of Guernsey, brings the literary society with the astonishing name and the special background to her attention and what was meant to be a simple research becomes a journey of self-discovery. I love the way the setting and the era come alive through the pages of this book. We are in and the island is trying to recover from the consequences of the German occupation. Juliet is going through a similar situation.

She fights against dark memories, against prejudices and discriminations and bossy men who think she is incapable of producing a serious work just because she is a woman. The islanders want to be taken seriously. So, Juliet and Guernsey have much in common. Their thoughts and feelings are vividly shown and the reader has the chance to feel a part of both stories.

People so different and yet so similar, brought together by the primal need to survive and the unique love for reading. A society that starts as an excuse to fool the Kommandantur becomes a haven, a shelter for the islanders who derive strength from heroes and heroines of tales. William Shakespeare. The process of how people who had little to no association with books become dedicated readers was a joy to witness. We have the sympathetic ones and those who suffocate the others because of their beliefs and their ego.

And, of course, we have Juliet who is such a fascinating heroine, full of life and endless determination. I loved her from the very first letter. So, if character development is one of your concerns regarding this novel, fear not. You will come to know quite a few exciting people, you will love them while others will give you some trouble.

Just as in real life. What is this term, anyway? There are well-written stories and badly written ones and many times, the most poignant tales are the ones that spring from togetherness and coincidences. They are told in a simple manner, in beautiful, quirky and sometimes sad prose.

What could be more memorable than that? No pseudo-philosophical gimmicks or cheap sentimentalism but reality. With that Emily I could hear Heathcliff's pitiful cries upon the moors. View all 28 comments. This was one of the lovliest books I have ever read. I have read many books and seen many movies about World War II, but this one was the best. It was so real.

I felt like I knew the characters and I wanted to run over to Guernsey to meet them in person. The stories about their experiences were so touching, not just because they were hard, but because the people were so brave. Horrible things happened to them, but I didn't feel traumatized reading about them. I felt uplifted at their endurance a This was one of the lovliest books I have ever read.

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I felt uplifted at their endurance and hope, and love for each other. This book definitely joins the few books on my favorites shelf. I seem to have a weakness for books written as letters. View all 11 comments. Very faithful to the book, if not in plot can't remember details 7 years later , certainly in tone. Saccharine and especially annoying in its watered down portrayal of Nazi occupation.

The words that immediately come to mind when I think of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society are nice , cute and, unfortunately, hokey ish. I certainly understand its popularity 4 most popular book of on Goodreads! There is a distinct air of wholesomeness, inoffensiveness about it, plus it is occasionally funny in a cute, inoffensive way , with a bit of tragic war business thrown in. But it got tiring for me very quickly. From the moment the main character, Juliet, a young writer, came to Guersney to visit her pen pals, the whole story just got way too cute for my taste.

Everyone on the island was so nice, so into doing the right thing, so in love with Juliet, I just couldn't stand it. They were not real people. Even the dark parts of the novel - about the war, occupation, and concentration camps - were sort of glossed over. The story simply needed more complex characters, more drama, edgier experiences. As is, it is your standard feel-good commercial fiction with no depth. View all 22 comments.

I forget which, as it's been sitting around for a while. This epistolary novel is something I should have loved. Yet, about halfway through it began to pale. Everybody in the book writes witty letters, but they are all witty in much the same way. The authors have taken pains to write clearly different characters, but their manner of writing letters boils them down to the same soup. I also began to tire of all these characters who are characters.

Add to that, the unsatisfactory conclusion, where everything is tied up in the nice pink ribbon of The Happy Ending. My disbelief refused to be suspended. View all 17 comments. How can you write a review for a book that put perpetual smile on your face for pages?? Five long years since I first put this on my tbr shelf, should have read it a lot sooner View all 13 comments.

Such a beautiful book, I wish I owned it as a real book, instead of on my Kindle, because I would reread it right now. The title is terrible or I would have tried it out sooner. It sounds so kitschy and is rather hard to pronounce too. Potato Peel Pie is a tongue twister! Written by Mary Ann Shaffer who was a librarian, an editor, and a great family storyteller, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, is an epistolary novel about the trials of the people living in the Channel Islands, Such a beautiful book, I wish I owned it as a real book, instead of on my Kindle, because I would reread it right now.

Written by Mary Ann Shaffer who was a librarian, an editor, and a great family storyteller, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, is an epistolary novel about the trials of the people living in the Channel Islands, in particular, Guernsey, during the German occupation of World War 2. I learned a lot, but in an entirely easy and fun way so you don't realize it, as you're reading an amazing book.

The only book ever written by Shaffer, she put her whole heart and soul in it and it is lovely. It's witty and makes you smile, even through your tears. She became ill before finishing and her niece finished it, who was the other family storyteller. It is a love story, a story about courage under horrific conditions and a story about human resilience. View all 26 comments.

This book is a fictional collection of letters, telegrams, and notes centered on an author, Juliet Ashton, who connects with the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Society. The Society came about due to friends being caught out, by the Army, after curfew. These friends had just enjoyed a meal of roasted pig, which was a novelty after the occupation. Not wanting to give the r This book is a fictional collection of letters, telegrams, and notes centered on an author, Juliet Ashton, who connects with the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Society.

Not wanting to give the real reason for being out one of the group, Elizabeth, concocted the story of being at a literary club meeting. Juliet is looking for subject matter for a couple of projects and becomes interested in the people she communicates with in Guernsey. There are many interesting characters for Juliet to interact with and they seem just as enthusiastic as she is to correspond. I've just finished reading Pacific Glory, the first book of yours that I have read.

I love historical fiction but this book's depiction of the events off Samar were rivetingly real as were the composite figures in the book, just like so many WWII vets I knew as a kid growing up in the 's. You have far surpassed others in your field when it comes to vivid description, wonderful prose and the bone chilling reality of what it was like. You brought me to tears at times. I salute you sir, for your talent and your service, thank you for your gift.

Your book made a former Navy officer proud! Really liked Sentinels! Every page is more suspense, with the closing chapters a delightful blend of 'fact' and humor. And a very good ending, totally in keeping with the book. Thanks again. Hello Captain, I am reading "Darkside" and am thoroughly enjoying it. I suppose that I am one of those 'Jurassic' types that are having a bit of a problem with accepting the many changes that have occurred since we graduated from "Canoe U in However, your book is opening my eyes and changes some of those old dinosaur-like reactions to today's world.

Thank you for 'Darkside'. Dear Sir, I just finished reading your book entitled Pacific Glory. Never before, have a read a book that, had me crying on several ocassions. I am lucky be here, and wake up feeling so every day. I served in Vietnam as a infantryman in the Iron Triangle along the Cambodian border. A little less than half or our unit made it out alive during that year. I think that being in heavy combat with the enemy gives you a perspective that you brought in your book. Thank you for what you do, and enjoy the moment. I just finished reading your book 'Pacific Glory' for the second time.

It was one of the most moving books I have read. I am a avid reader and have recently discovered your books. I really like these two and suspect I will enjoy all that you have written. I am also a great fan of Nelson DeMille and can understand why he praises your work. I look forward to reading all your books. Keep them coming! I hope you continue to write, either about the military or just mystery and suspense. You are an excellent writer and I truly enjoy reading your books. I have long been interested in the history of World War II and in particular naval history in the Pacific.

I liked reading both of your books and will read your works again in the future. Evans DD commissioned in Mobile, Alabama. Thank you for your service in the US Navy. Having read every one of your books, I just finished Sentinels of Fire. It was most informative, albeit painful to read at points, and, as usual, very well written. Thank you for your excellent contributions to the reading world in general and to me in particular.

Except for your military books I have listen to them over and over. Great reader, and outstanding stories. I took a chance and just finished Edge of Honor Double WOW. Your loyal reader Sentinels of Fire was a great read for a nautical type such as myself. No combat experience, but served in on old Destroyer Escort class ships while junior officer in Coast Guard.

Well done. I have read most all your books and enjoyed them all. Just read Pacific Glory. Thank you - best navy story I've read in a long time. Opening story about Battle of Savo Island had me hooked. Very moving experience. Thank you for another great story. Having just finished 'Sentinels of fire' in two days, I will be waiting for your next book to be amazed by. Your writing is great, as was the history lesson.

I have read all your books. Pacific Glory was the best, the emotions I felt at the end are still with me. Thank you so much. Peter, you've outdone yourself this time. Sentinels, in my view, is your very best yet, and, of course, I can't wait for your next one. Your descriptions, the scenarios, the depiction of our sailors, all just captured me. I hope some old timers got a chance to read or have read to them your words BTW, you state time using "O" instead of zero.

Was that the way it was back then? I just completed Pacific Glory and left a review on Amazon. My congratulations to you on a wonderful novel. Bravo, Mr. Discovered you on audible. Did the Cam-series first and, living in Raleigh, loved all the NC references and locations. Have not gotten to your military fiction yet but intend to. I concur with all the obvious comparisons to Lee Child, Stephen Hunter et al. You and Dick Hill are a Dynamic Duo. Thank you in advance for releasing another great audiobook.

You have yet to let me down and I look forward to the newest arrival of [Sentinels] this coming Tuesday, 15 July I am hopeful you will continue to keep all of your fans forever looking forward to another release. Tuesday is not that far away yet I am getting quite on edge waiting. Tomorrow I turn 66, so a new book by you is about as great birthday present as one could ask for. I just finished reading Pacific Glory. As a retired hospital acific Glory has to be in the top 3 historical. An advance copy of Sentinels arrived just as were leaving for a few days in Virginia.

I took it along and found it impossible to put aside. The story literally blew me away with its vivid, raw descriptions of life aboard the Malloy during the battle of Okinawa … congratulations on this superb story. Just finished the Last Man - hated to lay it down. Excellent historical novel with a great setting and two very good characters. Hope you will continue with them. I am on to your other books now to check them out.

His vivid and touching descriptions went beyond the pale. I will be adding this author to my extensive reading list. The Last Man A very good book A pleasant surprise since I only picked it up in desperation!!!! And your language is good, enough of authors who use vulgarity. Great story line I have recently discovered you and finishing my third book of you. I am in the zip code of California. I want to read scorpion in the sea, no. Our public library system here in Santa Cruz does not have much of your books in circulation, I'm afraid.

I really like your books! I am now a big fan of yours. Best regards,. I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how much I've enjoyed reading your books. I started at the beginning - which is my rule - and when I read the first chapter of 'scorpion' I knew I had a new favorite author. I'm headed out today to get 'cat dancers', having finished 'firefly' this morning. I had thought about writing to ask you to consider doing another submarine book - as I love those most of all - till I saw the announcement for 'Ghosts'.

I can hardly wait. I refuse to even read the teasers for the books I've not started to savor all the plot surprises. Thanks for your hard work and great talent! Keep 'em coming! Every year I look forward to your latest book, and every year you surprise and delight me. What a wonderful book you have written this year and how completely different from last years. This is a great thriller as well as a fascinating history who dun it! Masada will always be a great history mystery and you have opened up a whole new "what if".

Left me with lots to think about and admire! My wife used to work for St. John's College to boot. It was a hoot to read your interspersing of real places with those you made up. As kids, we used to sneak in some of the various tunnels that we could gain access to, on the yard.

Most people around here have no idea that Dorsey Creek is the real name for what is now called College Creek, bordering St. Believe me, Johnnies are still as odd as when you attended the Academy. I most likely was at your graduation, since we attended almost everyone from until well into the 70s Keep it up. Just finished Pacific Glory and it was my all time favorite after Scorpion in the Sea.

I have read all your books to date but i must admit that Pacific Glory is not only your best but probably the best fiction ever. Yes, better than Tom Clancy, W.

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Griffin, and Clive Cussler. As I have requested before, no one writes fiction about the Navy better than you. By the way my dad graduated from Annapolis in and I served four years as a Naval Officer! I grew up in the Philippines and Samar was still fresh. Still think of Scorpion and Edge from time to time.

Mostly wanted to thank you for your efforts and ability to drag a great story out of time. I just finished 'Pacific Glory' and your Navy expertise really came through in the book. I can't remember being so absolutely moved by any writer and I'm 75 abd a prolific reader.

Absolutely a damn good book! I look forward to reading more from you. Thanks and best regards,. Just finished Pacific Glory - as a widow of a sailor who was on an LST during the battle of Leyte Gulf found your book very interesting. He had told me that Halsey had left them to chase the Japanese fleet leaving them without cover. He said Admiral Kincaid was responsible for coming to their rescue. Did not find a mention of Kincaid. Also read this week The Moonpool.

Enjoy your novels. While i have read many books all my life, I retired and read and listen to considerably more books and audios now. When I started the "Last Man" I almost put it down feeling i would not be interested in this kind of historical event. What a mistake that would have been. I got to David's ride on the airliner and was captivated. I just finished the audio and I consider it the best book I have ever read listen to.

I did not want it to end and kept replaying the discs to make it last longer. I have read all your books and know you do not write continuing stories. Please make an exception. This book, story and writing was so spectacular it must be extended. Thanks for a fantastic reading experience. I wrote you a few months ago and said how much I have loved all your books and was looking forward to Pacific Glory. You wrote back thanking me and said it was the best book you have written.

I must say you were right. I could not put it down. Having served 8 in the Navy it was like being back on board ship you describe it so well. Thank you so much for your work.

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Historical perspective was superb. My only suggestion would be inclusion of a map of Masada pointing out major features, paths, and places cisterns where events occurred. You write excellent detailed descriptions, but I got lost in the overall geographic picture you were painting. I finished The Last Man yesterday - I actually put it down for a day about halfway through as I didn't want the story to end. I mean this with all seriousness - this is your best work - and that's saying something. The texture of the setting, the characters and the story are only eclipsed by the tragedy of the historical foundation beneath it all.

I just finished "The Last Man" and have loads of praise for Deutermann and his ability to reach me and keep my interest from beginning to end. Such a well written novel that places me in comfortable surroundings even after my last trip to Israel which was over thirty years ago. Thank you, thank you for the new book. Can't wait to hear it You did it again!

Every one of your books, starting with my nearly-worn out copy of Scorpion In The Sea, has been great. They are all read regularly, and I usually read them sequentially until I have read all your works one more time. I also appreciate that your technological material is correct - as an engineer, I have a low tolerance for technical errors in a novel. Your novels have some creative technology where appropriate, but the base technology is accurate.