52 Books in 52 Weeks list. I thoroughly enjoyed it [read: it was finished within 25 hours of my opening to the first page]!
I began, a little sceptical of the format. Written in the form of letters, notes slipped under front doors, and telegrams, I thought I was in for a confusing read. I have read other books in this format and gotten completely lost and confused by the 10th page. Shaffer and Barows, however, do a wonderful job of piecing together a story through the tidbits exchanged between friends and strangers.
Juliet and her friends are survivors of the second world war - Juliet a Londoner and the society from Guernsey, a Chanel Island that was occupied by the Germans.
I don't want to go into a lot more detail, for fear I will spoil the plot for you. But be encouraged - the format is readable, the characters become your friends, and I actually laughed out loud in portions - something, from my experience, that is rare in a book set near WWII.
Just go out to your nearest Chapters, Barnes & Noble, or hop over to Amazon. Don't walk. Run. I think I may add it to my list a second time so that I can enjoy the company of the characters again before the year is out.
**ASIDE: This afternoon is my scope - I'll be heading to the hospital around 2:30 to have a camera threaded through my vocal cords and hopefully to get some answers about my voice. Say a little prayer for me, if you think of it? I'm awfully nervous.**