Just a wonderful film. Beautifully shot and well acted, this moving story of the German occupation of the small island of Guernsey during World War II focuses on how the occupation affected those who lived there. Lily James is perfect as a curious London writer who comes to the island on a whim and is drawn into the lives of the members of a book club, started on the island during the war. The regular meetings allowed the club members a legal reason to meet and socialize.
But the story also explores the dark side of the occupation, including those who worked with the Germans and the painful repercussions. As a writer, I understand the power of books and share the joy that these fictional readers enjoyed in their wartime appreciation of the written word--and the way it can offer escape. An excellent film, recommended for anyone who enjoys a moving story and a well-crafted, beautifully shot film.