Thursday, May 2, 2013

Letters From Skye by: Jessica Brockmole

Title: Letters From Skye
Author: Jessica Brockmole
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 304
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley


A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart.

March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondence—sharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets—their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I engulfs Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he’ll survive.

June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. Then, after a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago.

Sparkling with charm and full of captivating period detail, Letters from Skye is a testament to the power of love to overcome great adversity, and marks Jessica Brockmole as a stunning new literary voice.

My Thoughts:

What an incredible story that is written in letters between Elspeth Dunn a fan of her's David Graham and her daughter Margaret Dunn and her boyfriend Paul.

Elspeth is experiencing fears when her daughter hooks up with a military man during a war.  Which bring us back to Elspeth's story of her and David in the letters he ends up calling her Sue for a nickname very weird but non the less still an exciting story as we watch David through the years everything that leads up to a romance between the two.

Then the war happens and David enlists as a medic, and "Sue" ends up hoping he'll be ok and meeting him a few times and finds herself pregnant with child and after mourning the death of her husband to find out he's alive and dies again.  This book was just incredible story with lots of history and great for those who love war time romances!  I enjoyed it so much!
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