Authors: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Good: This is a story of the villagers on the Isle of Guernsey and how they coped with German Occupation during WWII. The entire story is shared through letters, written by the villagers after WWII to a young authoress in the hopes that she'll write about their story. Each letter reveals another part of the story or a "correction" of someone else's story....much in the same way small-town gossip and rumor mills run.
The Bad: It's a bittersweet story with a bittersweet ending set in the backdrop of WWII.
The Verdict: I had a lot of fun reading this novel. At first, I was slightly annoyed by the letter format, but the unique style really won me over and I think the story is much stronger for having used that format. While it's a novel, I did learn a bit more about WWII history - such as Guernsey really was occupied by Germans during WWII - and thoroughly enjoyed the scandals and stories and corrections and gossip of small town life with a story to share.