|Posted on March 31, 2014 at 6:30 AM|
Letters from Skye, by Jessica Brockmole, made its debut back in July of 2013. I was incredibly excited to receive an advanced reading e-book copy because its book jacket summary contains exactly what I look for in a novel: rich historical context, romance, suspenseful elements, and a bit of a mystery. And it did not disappoint!
From the publisher’s website:
A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars…
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.
Brockmole is successful at painting the scenes and immersing the reader in them. The characters are clearly sketched and their distinct voices come through in the letters they write. Elspeth and David truly come alive on those pages, and I felt as if I was reading letters between real people, eavesdropping on their thoughts and experiences.
I give this book my highest recommendation; it is a “must-read,” especially for those who enjoy historical fiction.
I received an advanced e-book copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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