After loving the film adaptation, I was DESPERATE to get my hands on the source novel. Needless to say, my expectations were blown out of the water. The novel is comprised solely of letters and telegrams, but each character feels fleshed out and unique. I loved the main protagonist Juliet Ashton and her spitfire spirit, and related with her on so many levels. I also loved how wholesome this book was. There’s no severely coarse language, no sexual innuendos or graphic scenes, and I found it incredibly refreshing. I loved the nods to classic literature and the fact that it’s set immediately after World War II. Also, if anyone can read this book and NOT fall in love with Dawsey Adams, I don’t want to know them (ok, I do, but he’s seriously a great male character).
Guernsey also throws some major emotional moments into the mix that tore my heart out. They’re executed so flawlessly, and really connect the reader to the characters. Overall, this is a cozy, charming, lovely novel about love, friendship, and discovering yourself and your place in the world. Read this immediately.