I’ll start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. And now the bad news. It took me a while to get into the book because it is written in letter format. In the end, I liked the format because it allowed me to have access to the thoughts of every character in the book, but it took me extra long to get to know the characters and keep them separate. This also weirdly convicted me that I should write some actual, snail mail letters to people. I mean, how fun is it when you get a letter in the mail?
One of the things that I liked most about the book was the references about new readers. The literary society was formed accidentally and not very many of the members were readers. The book demonstrated that even non-readers can enjoy a good book. It’s about finding the book that’s right for you. And they didn’t push the members to read other books. Most of them attached to a book they really liked and stuck with it. Reading never came easy to me and was certainly not something I would do for enjoyment. Until recently. But it all started with a really good book that made me realize that it can be fun. And that made me seek out other really good books. And the trend just continued. So it really just starts with one book.
I also enjoyed the historical references and learning more about the nazi invasion and life in England during World War II. This surprised me because I don’t really like history, but I actually enjoyed that part.
I always enjoy a good love story, so that was another favorite part of the book for me. I, not surprisingly, thought the author could have delved deeper into this side of the book. Most of the “romantic” moments were not really romantic at all. In fact the couple barely even acknowledged their love for each other.
You might find it interesting to know that the author, Mary Ann Shaffer, passed away while writing the book. Her niece Annie Barrows was the one to finish it. Everyone in my book club thought you could definitely tell that there were two separate authors. Not that we were complaining about it, but just that you could tell that the beginning of the story was written by one author and the end by another.
It also felt like the first 3/4 of the book were somewhat slow. Then all of a sudden, everything that you had been waiting on to happen the entire book, was squeezed in to the very end. It would have been nice to be able to enjoy those last moments and have them written out in more detail.
I liked the book and I would recommend it to everyone. I hope that every non-reader out there finds that one special book at some point in their lives, so they too can realize how enjoyable reading can be.