This is a wonderful, rollicking tale full of charming people and beautiful scenery. The book consists entirely of a series of letters written by the main characters of the book. The letters help to personalize the story and the use of letters for developing a storyline is a very effective way of making the entire book intimate and real. I was totally immersed in the stories and lives of the wonderful people of Guernsey. The timeline is shortly after the Second World War. The book is warm and wonderful, but interspersed throughout are tales of horror and deprivation. The island of Guernsey was occupied by the Germans at the beginning of World War II, and the poor people living on the island faced many hardships and privation. Through it all though, these people remained strong and true, and the friendships they developed with their fellow islanders helped them all to survive in spite of enormous odds . That, and a love of reading and books helped to keep their spirits up and their hopes alive. I loved the book in it's own right for the stories it portrayed, but it's the characters that people the book that elevate this novel from an enjoyable escape to a book that will stay with me forever.
Never thought I'd like a book that is 'just' a series of letters, but was I ever wrong! You actually feel as though you become a part of the lives of the characters!