On my way into work this morning, I finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And then I sighed as I stared into space and smiled to myself.
It's that kind of a book.
Written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows, it's the story of a writer named Juliet Ashton, who's looking for her next book idea. She eventually finds her story in the letters sent between her and a group of people living on the British Island of Guernsey. (The story's set in 1946... hence, the letters. No email. Or blog posts. Or other forms of cold communication that show no emotion.) (Or so some people say.) (To them, I say: ha! I am queen of showing emotion online. Just check out this emotion: :) I'm happy.)
Anyway, as Juliet becomes more and more involved in the lives of the people she meets through her correspondence, so did I. I am fully aware of how cliché I sound right now. But honestly, I totally got wrapped up in this book and the characters and their lives. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen with them, each time I opened the book.
It's a quick read - partly because I didn't want to put it down, partly because it's written in a simple style. And to me, the simplicity worked. It was exactly what I needed at the exact right moment.
A happy, feel-good story that made me smile to myself.