The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Movie Review

Sarah Pottorff, Reporter

In this recently released adaptation of the same-titled book, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a story about healing from World War II as well as a historical romantic-drama film. The relationship between Juliet Ashton, played by actress Lily James, a writer, and Dawsey Adams, played by Michael Huisman, a Guernsey pig farmer, begins when he writes to Juliet to tell her that he found an old book of hers. He also asked her to send him another book by the same author.


Juliet travels to Guernsey to meet the hastily named society that began while the island was under German occupation. Instead of immediately returning home, she stays and begins research for a new book. Her personal life crashes into her professional life when her fiancé shows up; he had proposed just days before Juliet left for Guernsey.

While watching the movie, I found Guernsey to be a warm, slightly fluffy movie that would be great to watch in the winter with blankets and a mug of hot cocoa. In reading the book, I found that Guernsey was very well adapted, as the story was told through letters in the book. Even with the changes, the characters were still kept true to the book. It is one of my favorite WWII era movies because of the focus on individuals.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society can be found on Netflix.
The book version by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows can be found through Amazon and in bookstores.