Top critical review
on March 2, 2013
Note: My original review for this book was previously posted on my blog, The Baking Bookworm[...]
My Thoughts: For the past year, at least, I've heard nothing but praise for this book. I had been on the waiting list at our library for what seemed like decades so I was quite happy to finally have reached the summit of that long, long waiting list.
"Guernsey" was a good read but was a little too .... calm? Not sure if that's the right word. There wasn't a whole lot of momentum or depth to the storyline ... especially considering the fact that it dealt with such a serious subject matter. Perhaps it was because the book was written in letter form (letters back and forth between the characters) which limits what the authors can do.
I have a big interest in WWII for some reason and I did find it really interesting reading about the the Nazi Occupation and how it affected the people of Guernsey as well as the aftermath of WWII. But, personally, I liked how Ursula Hegi dealt with WWII in her wonderful book "The Stones From the River" (one of my all-time favourite books).
The best part of the book for me was Elizabeth's story. While I don't want to give it away I found that storyline intrigued me the most. I think "Guernsey" was meant to be an easy-going read and I think it delivered. I expected it to be more raw and more of a "can't put down" type of book, which is wasn't for me. Please don't get me wrong. Overall, "Guernsey" is a good read ... just not what I was expecting. I hate that about really hyped books ... all of the hype often makes the book feel less than it is.
I would recommend reading this book. It is an interesting era of time and the characters are easy to embrace and bring quite a quirky sense of humour. I especially like some of Juliet's dry quips back and forth to Sidney.
My Rating: 3.5 stars