If you’re looking for a dramatic romance film this Valentine’s Day, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will delight audiences and invest viewers in the tragic events that bring one particular couple together.
The 2018 movie, available on Netflix, was directed by Mike Newell and based off of the same-named novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, published in 2008.
The storyline, set in 1946, follows charismatic writer Juliet Ashton—played by Lily James. Juliet receives a letter from Dawsey Adams—Michiel Huisman— about a literary club in Nazi-occupied Guernsey Island.
When visiting the island, Ashton meets the various quirky members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society who inspire laughter and a sense of family.
The secrets of their war-torn past elicit empathy from the audience as they are revealed. Ashton becomes attached to the island and the book club at the same time the viewer does. With a prospective relationship waiting at home, she seeks out answers for her new friends as her feelings for Dawsey evolve.
The movie is full of heart-warming and heart-wrenching moments, guaranteed to garner a varied set of emotions from its audience. The love in this film and its full-bodied characters steal the hearts of everyone.