This is one of those extremely rare times when I say the movie is better than the book. For me, the book was a bit boring. It’s written in a letter format, which at times, can be confusing, since the letters are written by multiple to other people. Had this novel been written in a normal format, it would have been much better.
Juliet Ashton is a writer who has written one national bestseller, Izzy Bickerstaff Goes to War. After that, Juliet has a bad case of writers block. Desperately waiting for inspiration to strike, she receives a letter from a man named Dawsey Adams. Dawsey is pig farmer on the island of Guernsey. He writes to Juliet about what happened to the island during WWII. Juliet finds the inspiration for her next book in the letters from Dawsey and his friends who formed a group called the Potato Peel Pie Society during the Occupation. The formation of this group was a rouse. Dawsey and his friends were out after curfew and were caught by German soldiers. They told the soldiers they were a reading group so they wouldn’t get into trouble.
Juliet is my favorite character. She does what she loves for a living, and I feel that is an inspiration to a lot of people. She is also bold and courageous; when she doesn’t feel something is right, she will speak up and give her opinion. This is an important trait for her, especially as a writer.
Dawsey is like the 1940’s Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. He’s handsome, shy, a little aloof. However, underneath all of that, he has a heart of gold and genuinely cares for his friends and the other people on the island. After the death of his friend, Elizabeth, Dawsey decides to raise her daughter, Kit.
Recommend/ Not recommend:
Overall, I enjoyed the plot line of the story. However, I don’t like the letter format in which it was written. For me, the movie version was more enjoyable.
Sigh. Do you ever feel sad that you finished a book and wished it never ended? That’s how I feel about Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke.
Claire Stewart is an American living in Paris at the beginning of WWII. Once Germany invades France, Claire is supposed to meet her beau, Artaud, and flee to her aunt who is living in England. However, when she arrives at the ship, Arnaud is not there. She is forced to shuttle five children to a different country and try to find her aunt. When they make it to her aunt’s house, Claire and the children find more adventure than they thought possible. Claire also finds her true love in a most unexpected way.
“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. […] Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none buy you.” – Jane Austen
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book– When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library”. -Caroline Bingley, Pride and Prejudice. This is one of my favorite quotes from the book.
Arguably, Jane Austen’s most beloved classic is a timeless romance. It has all the makings of a beautiful love story: a lovely English countryside setting, a headstrong female lead, and a prideful yet generous male hero.
It is very rare for me to read a story 5 times; I have read this book at least that many times if not more.
Hauntedby her past experiences, Grace Brennan hoped she could make a fresh start in London after working as a conflict journalist. However, that may prove more difficult then she anticipated. The last time she was in London, she was engaged to a Scottish man, Ian McDonld. After realizing that her career meant more to her, she left Ian and set off on an exciting but dangerous career. By returning to England, Ian and Grace’s relationship will be put to test. Read More »
Grammar can be an English major’s best friend or worst enemy. For me, it has been both. As English majors, we are expected to know how to properly construct a sentence. However, we are all human and make mistakes. We forget certain rules. The following, taken from Your Dictionary, is a refresher course on some rules of grammar:
Imagine the moment you walk across the stage, shake the hand of the president of the university, and receive your diploma. You’ve done it. You’ve earned your Bachelor of Arts in English. You move the tassel from the right side of your cap to the left. You’ve graduated.
I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this phrase. People ask me all the time what I’m majoring in, in college. When I tell them I’m an English major, I always get that question. Usually, I just smile and nod; however, it has made realize how misinformed people are about jobs for English majors. Teaching isn’t the only thing we can do.