Author: Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrow
Genre: Historical fiction, epistolary
Copyright Date: 2008
Cover: A woman stands looking out over the ocean. We see only her profile, from the back. She is leaning on a railing, and an old-fashioned lamp is next to her.
First line: "Dear Sidney, Susan Scott is a wonder."
Best part: Incredibly sweet.
Worst part: It should have been twice as long. There should be a sequel. No, now I'm just being greedy - it was perfect, I just wish there was MORE!
Recommended for: Fans of the letter style of novels. Fans of the period after WW2.
Related Reads: The Night Watch by Sarah Waters, Sorcery and Cecilia by Patricia Wreded and Caroline Stevermer.
Synchronicity puts the book of one person - Juliet, a successful London writer - into the hands of another - Dawsey, a man-of-all-work living on the isolated Channel Island of Guernsey. Through their letters we come to know them, and their friends and associates. Juliet begins to believe that the seeds of a new book might be found on Guernsey Island - but what else might she find there? Will reality live up to the letters?
This book is just delicious. So wonderful. If you enjoy somewhat literary fiction, you should pick it up immediately, if not sooner. Run, do not walk to your local bookstore.