This novel is written as correspondence to and from Juliet Ashton mostly set on the Channel Island of Guernsey, but also in London. Guernsey was the only part of England to be occupied during WWII. The letters show how the human spirit is resilient and can find good, even amidst devastation.

The story begins shortly after the end of the war as the world was healing. The book is about building community, family and connections, and the letters tie in books, food, love and the occasional oddity. The characters are so charming, you forget this is fiction and begin to feel you know them personally. I could have read it faster, but found myself enjoying the story and didn’t want to reach the end.