The narrative of the book is almost all in the format of letters. Many of the letters express a love of books by different characters, a couple of notable quotes are as follows:
P9 “Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books, that brings them to their perfect readers.”
P9 “Always finding the one book I wanted and then three more I hadn’t known I wanted.”
The central character Juliet, is introduced to The Guernsey group because, Dawsey finds her address in a book that Juliet once owned. Dawsey, writes to share appreciation of the book and ask if Juliet, can point him in the direction of a book shop that could send him more books by the same author to the island. Indeed Juliet does contact a book seller for him. Correspondence begins between Dawsey and Juliet. Juliet a writer becomes intrigued about the Guernsey group and in part one receives correspondence from different members, who express their love of books.
Juliet judges men by their appreciation of books. On p24 it outlines how when a lover was going to move into his house, he was given his marching orders when he packed away her books from her shelves. Later she hopes a particular love interest does not order his books alphabetically.
In part 2 Juliet visits Guernsey. From Guernsey she corresponds with her friend and publisher; Sidney.
In the tradition of fairy tales which are childhood love stories; the book ends a wedding invitation in a letter.
The film of the book is out in the UK, one week today on 20th April.