Wednesday, August 11

potato peel pie

do you remember when you first fell in love with reading?
i have fallen all over again. the title alone makes you want to devour it, the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society. that title, parallels with the names of any dish giada de laurentiis is making. have you ever HEARD that woman explain what she is making? my mouth waters at the sound of her just saying, with love and garlic, what today's dish will be. i felt the same emotion when hearing the title of this book.

...and so began my love affair with the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society. i think elizabeth gilbert said it best when she stated, "i can't remember the last time i discovered a novel as smart and delightful as this one, a world so vivid that i kept forgetting this was a work of fiction populated with characters so utterly wonderful that i kept forgetting they weren't my actual friends and neighbors. treat yourself to this book, please -- i can't recommend it highly enough."
at first i was unsure of how the book would read, being all letters. for a quick second i was lost at who was who but, that quickly subsided as the pages unfolded. i caught on fast and began to adore each and every character and their unforgettable stories (except adelaide addison and billee bee jones, of course). the quirkiness and humor that juliet possessed made her feel like one of my closest friend, and did my heart ever ache when i read of elizabeth's death but i felt as though it had to happen to make juliet's presence so irreplaceable in all of the society member's lives, and even more so, kit's. sidney, what a dear friend he was and dawsey: i loved you from the start. my only wish for this book was for it to never end. i desperately wanted to keep flipping the pages, soaking it all in. learning about the impromptu wedding and the sweet marital bliss that ensued. and of sweet little kit's adoption, with her new mother AND father.

you have found your next book to read, my friend.

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