The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
A week or two ago, I wandered into Borders bookstore on my lunch hour, looking for a specific quilting magazine. I didn't find it, but I noticed they had a sale on paperback books--buy two, get the third free. Well, you don't have to tell me twice! As a confirmed bookaholic, my resistance is very low.
A few days before, I'd been at a quilt class and several of us started talking about books. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a "must read" on a couple of the ladies' lists, so after I'd found two paperbacks at Borders by familiar authors, I decided to see if they had this one as well--and they did.
The book takes place in England not long after WWII. Did you know the Channel Islands were occupied by the German army during the war? I didn't! In fact, although I'd heard of the Channel Islands, I really didn't even know where they were located--turns out they're between the south of England and France--in the English Channel, which of course makes complete sense!
The story unfolds through a series of letters between several of the characters. It's an easy book to read, and a light enough story that will keep you engaged while reading, and will keep you thinking about the characters long after you've finished reading the book. A really good book!
I've updated my reading list in my sidebar, and I can easily recommend any of the four books listed there now. Two are by Arlene Sachitano and are quilt mysteries set in the Pacific Northwest; Quilt as Desired is the first of the series, and her third book should be out in the fall. They are also reasonably light and easy reads--just perfect for those of us who like to read a few pages each night before closing our eyes. The other book, A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick is a little emotionally heavier and is filled with memorable characters, each of whom face a major change in her life. The second book in the series, A Thread of Truth, is on my bookshelf, and I'm looking forward to reading it soon.