The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

So a few years ago I read the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  I LOVED it.  I recommended it to everyone.  It’s on my top ten books of mine.  That’s saying a lot.

Well imagine my joy when I heard that Netflix was making a movie of the book.  I was so full of anticipation…then dread.  What if they screw it up?

Well the movie came out earlier this month and even though I’ve been super busy, I took time and watched it.  I didn’t stitch when I watched.  I didn’t pin.  I only watched.  Again, that is saying a lot for me.

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Here’s the Billboard from the movie so you know what to look for in case you want to give it a try.

So what did I think???Me I loved it.  I loved it a lot.

The scenery was wonderful.

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The cast was well done.

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The second I was done with it I was messaging Kayla telling her she MUST watch it.

It’s made me want to read the book again.  It’s made me want to watch the movie again.  That is a lot coming from me.  I rarely watch movies twice.  RARELY.  So if you have Netflix, give this a try….and please do recommend anything else you’re watching there.

P.S. If you don’t have Netflix, it’s worth signing up just for a month to see it!!

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21 thoughts on “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  1. Nell

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. . .think one of my kids has Netflix. Yahoo! Something to do this weekend! HA! My house needs some devoted time and attention, but hoping to get to the basement to sew a little, too.

  2. Sue Smit

    I loved the movie and have since watched many Guernsey movies of the resilience of the island during the second world war. A very good movie. One being “enemy at my door” based on Guernsey life during the war.

  3. Evelyn Haupert

    YES!! The book is in my top ten favorites (I’ve read it three times) and I loved the movie (watched it three times).

  4. Vera A. Spurlock

    Also watched it twice…then reread book. When it first came out, the book was a Christmas present to my dearest female friends and family. And the author was a Miami University, Oxford OH alumna…like me! I hated some of the male critics of the movie..saying no chemistry be between leads…ha! Slow and steady…plenty of chemistry. And I did not mind how they combined/ eliminated characters…movie was what 1 1/2 hrs…great job with editing and screenplay. I think I will watch it again!!

  5. Wilma

    As much as I liked the movie, I wished it had been made into a 6 to 8 hour miniseries. I missed a lot of the characters that didn’t fit into the movie.

  6. Jane Brown

    I read the book before we went in a British Isles cruise. One of the tours in Guernsey was following in the footsteps of the characters of the book. It was called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society tour. It was delightful. A couple of weeks after coming home I saw the movie and loved it.

  7. Gail Barnard

    I put the book at near the top of all-time favorites so was a bit leery about how it would be translated in film. I was very pleasantly surprised at how well the movie is done. But anyone who has not yet read the book really needs to treat themselves to it.

  8. Linda Hodges

    Saw the movie at the cinema a few months ago. Wonderful film. Must read the book though. Glad you enjoyed it.

  9. pam roever

    Was she in Downton Abbey? I’ll have to check this out. I’m not really a fan of romance books or movies. This looks interesting tho. Pam

  10. Carolyn Sullivan

    Found the movie on Netflix and LOVED it. Didn’t realize there was a book! I too didn’t get much sewing done w it.

  11. Donna Barker

    I had wanted to read the book but didnt find time. I too accidentally found the movie and I loved it.

  12. Linda

    I found the book in an airport bookshop 5 or 6 years ago. Loved it! Read it twice and listened to the audio once! Waited 5 years for the movie and was not disappointed! I hosted a girls movie night on the Netflix premiere evening. Then watched it twice more with my daughter then husband.

    I too want to read it again after seeing the movie. Exceptional characters!

  13. Pat Anderson

    Just finished watching this movie and I also loved it! It’s just the kind of movie I love and I would compare it to “Brooklyn.” If you haven’t seen Brooklyn, you will love it if you loved this one. Thanks for the recommendation because it is getting so hard to find a good movie!

  14. Alex RK

    I hated the movie! I love the book so much and I was incredibly disappointed to what they did to the movie. I feel like they sacrificed Juliet’s character to improve the make characters. I missed her spunk and decisiveness. I read this book again just before watching and then listened to it again following the movie, just to make sure it wasn’t in my head.
    I thought the casting was impeccable, but that they ruined the story. I’m sorry to be the only downer in this list, but juliet was a much better character in the book and I hated to see her so dependent on men.

  15. Janet Remington

    I bought the book several years ago and read it at least once a year. My all time favorite book! Now I have watched the movie even more times than I’ve read the book! I absolutely LOVE it! I do agree a mini series would have been even better!

  16. Carol

    I was skeptical that the movie would be as good as the book. I was pleasantly surprised that I loved the movie. I love timepiece movies and this was excellent

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