The entire book is written in letters to various characters. Although it begins in London, 1946, you are transported back through these letters and the experiences of the writers, to when the Germans invaded and occupied the islands and in particular the island of Guernsey, for 5 years during WWII.
I felt I really got to know each of the main characters, through their letters to each other, and how they managed to survive their awful experiences during the war, sometimes through VERY funny ways. The Literary society was one of those funny ways and it continued after the war was over.
Germans boats on the shore of the island
If you enjoy funny, touching, and even a little romance thrown in you will love this book and you will also learn quite a bit. Although the book is Fiction, the authors reseached used actual experiences of the islanders that have been recorded for the events in the book.
Port St. Peter on Guernsey where the Germans landed
This is one you will not want to put down and especially not want it to end. If you have read it already, leave a comment or review for others to read also.