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ISBN13: 9780345542601
ISBN10: 0345542606
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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.

Review:

“A poignant tale of a stubborn love that bridges the lives and wars of two generations, Letters From Skye gives the reader a story to inhale as well as read, unfolding amid the gripping panorama of a changing world — an absorbing and rewarding saga of loss and discovery.” Kate Alcott, bestselling author of The Dressmaker

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“Jessica Brockmole’s Letters from Skye is a fascinating, lyrical tale of love and loss. Gracefully weaving the tales of lovers and brothers and sisters spanning two wars, Brockmole expertly explores the toll of both honesty and deception upon hearts battered by war and society’s expectations.” Melanie Benjamin, author of The Aviator’s Wife

Review:

Letters from Skye is a captivating love story that celebrates the power of hope to triumph over time and circumstance.” Vanessa Diffenbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers

About the Author

Jessica Brockmole spent several years living in Scotland, where she knew too well the challenges in maintaining relationships from a distance. She plotted her first novel on a long drive from the Isle of Skye to Edinburgh. She now lives in Indiana with her husband and two children.

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Susan Chipman, March 11, 2014 (view all comments by Susan Chipman)
This is a heart-warming and heart-rending story, but it has a happy ending in spite of the heart-break. I give it ten thumbs up!
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bugzna2000, October 9, 2013 (view all comments by bugzna2000)
This is an outstanding novel told completely via letters. The letters are written in the midst of two world wars. I felt like I discovered a real box full of personal, treasured correspondence and became completely engrossed, especially the ones between Elsbeth & Davey, two people who fall in love long distance in 1912. Initially sparked by a letter sent by Davey (an American) to Elsbeth (a Brit), a published poet, their relationship blossoms into something so much more through the power of the written word. Fast forward to 1940 when Elsbeth’s daughter, Margaret, falls for a pilot in the Royal Air Force and they begin their own correspondence. When Elsbeth disappears one day, Margaret is left with a cryptic letter that may hold a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. She reaches out (also via letters) to a long estranged uncle to seek answers and learn more about her mother’s past. A remarkable and refreshing book.
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peggyherself, July 23, 2013 (view all comments by peggyherself)
I loved this book! Read it in 2 days. I enjoyed the letter format. It bounced back and forth between the letters written during the first world war between lovers and the letters written during the second world war between daughter and several people as she looked for her missing mom and tried to figure out what secret the past held.

At the same time I was angry with Elspeth for cheating and admired her courage to go after what she wanted. You can't just hurt other people like that and get a charmed life or did she get a charmed life? Just when you thought you had the end figured out a surprise turns up! Now just who's daughter is Margaret anyway?

The descriptions of Skye made me feel like I was there and the descriptions of the war raining down on them were very real too. It's a book that makes you feel wistful afterwards and leaves you feeling like you know these people, after all you read their intimate letters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345542601
Author:
Brockmole, Jessica
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20130709
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.55 x 5.96 x 1.1 in 0.96 lb

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Product details 304 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345542601 Reviews:
"Review" by , “A poignant tale of a stubborn love that bridges the lives and wars of two generations, Letters From Skye gives the reader a story to inhale as well as read, unfolding amid the gripping panorama of a changing world — an absorbing and rewarding saga of loss and discovery.”
"Review" by , “Jessica Brockmole’s Letters from Skye is a fascinating, lyrical tale of love and loss. Gracefully weaving the tales of lovers and brothers and sisters spanning two wars, Brockmole expertly explores the toll of both honesty and deception upon hearts battered by war and society’s expectations.”
"Review" by , Letters from Skye is a captivating love story that celebrates the power of hope to triumph over time and circumstance.”
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