My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I loved this book. I also observed something about myself as a reader. I had the e-Book version of Guernsey in my iPad for quite some time but it was only when I bought the paperback in a second hand book shop that I actually started reading it. Strange. I enjoyed it more as a paperback even though I never really had problems with reading a book on my tablet before.
Well, on to the book itself. It was the kind of book that I was stretching out because I wanted to savor it. I would read a letter or two every night and I would look forward to going home and reading it. So, no, it wasn't a page turner for me. It was more like "comfort reads" if there is such a thing (a read that is similar to comfort food). I loved every little detail. I loved Kit and the way she was not so easy to love. I loved Booker trying to pass off as genteel. I loved Dawsey and his quiet ways. I loved Juliet and how she hadn't settled (well I won't give away spoilers here). It's a straightforward tale and it's easy to love. Charming is the word. It's like watching Downton Abbey and observing all the little nuances including the differences in class.
What I loved most was the literary society itself. While they faked it till they made it...I love how *reading* made a difference in their lives. Each of them had their own choices and how they were not timid about saying that they loved or hated a book. And while Juliet was the heroine, it was Elizabeth McKenna who was the soul of the Guernsey Literary Society and I loved her too for being the kind of woman she was.
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