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Once Upon an Island

A host of colorful and endearing characters native to the British island of Guernsey help make The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a delight to read. This first novel from Mary Ann Shaffer (with assistance from her niece, children’s author Annie Barrows), which is written as a series of letters, unfolds when writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from Guernsey resident and literature enthusiast Dawsey Adams, who wonders where he might find books by British essayist Charles Lamb. As Juliet’s correspondence with Dawsey develops, she learns enough about the island and its people that she decides to make them the subject of her next book. She eventually travels to Guernsey and gains the trust and friendship of many of the islanders, who share their personal accounts of the recent German occupation of the island. Those stories, and the people who share them, will change Juliet’s life forever.

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