I found this comment on a post-it note on a book in the book drop. I love it when I hear from our patrons about what they like (or don’t like). I thought I might share with you the “most excellent” book and maybe another along the same lines. See what you think.
Vivienne de la Mare is living on Guernsey island during World War II. Her husband has left to fight with the English army leaving her the sole support of her daughters and ailing mother-in-law. Next door a group of German soldiers have taken up residence as part of the German occupation of the island. Vivienne falls in love with one of the German soldiers, putting her and her family in very real jeopardy. As the hardships on the islanders increases and Vivienne becomes aware of the brutality of the German occupation, she must decided if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life a stranger. A tale of forbidden love, hope and sacrifice.
Set in 1946, just after the end of World War II, this charming novel is told in letters between Juliet Ashton, a London writer, and at first her pen pals and then true friends, some of the residents of Guernsey Island. When Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams finds Juliet’s name in a used book, he invites articulate—and not-so-articulate—neighbors to write Juliet with their stories. The Guernsey inhabitants share their stories with Julie, their experiences during the occupation telling of moments of unbelievable courage and love. The novel is a mix of humor and poignancy and has a wonderfully satisfying end.