Nnnyhuh. That is the sound of my ambivalence about this novel. On one hand, I really like epistolary novels (personal quirk, I know) and wish there were more of them. I thought the book was cleverly done, I adored Juilet, and I learned something about German occupation (didn't know that the Channel islands had been occupied). BUT..the whole thing was flippant, cheesy, and too "disney-fied" for my taste. I feel slightly hypocritical saying this after my review of Swamplandia, but it felt too happy. There are some seriously depressing issues at stake here (orphans, war, concentration camps), but the whole thing is overly happy. Overall it was a good, quick, entertaining read but I didn't feel like it was worth much in the end.