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Publisher's Note:  

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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.



This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Ballantine Books


Letters from Skye

by Jessica Brockmole

Review Date:
06/16/2014

Recommended Age:
18+

Overall Rating:
****

Profanity / Language Rating:
***

Violence / Gore Rating:
**

Sex / Nudity Rating:
*****

Overall Review:  

Letters from Skye is a touching and powerful love story. The book is epistolary -- consisting entirely of letters -- and author Jessica Brockmole's words are stunningly beautiful and poetic. Main characters David and Elspeth are well-developed and I found them to be original and incredibly likable. Readers will feel transported to another place and time as they follow the pair's heart-wrenching journey through times of despair and hope, love and loss. The book actually has a similar feel to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, yet Skye is unique in that it spans several decades, including both World Wars. Though the plot grows a tad unrealistic, the story is packed with emotion and suspenseful enough that I didn't want it to end. Letters from Skye is a charming book and would make a delightful summer read!


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  3 religious exclamations, 12 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory names, 2 anatomical terms.

 

Violence/Gore:  An implied occurrence of violence; several secondhand reports of violence involving warfare, fistfights and bombings; a house is hit by a bomb, causing destruction of property but no casualties. 

 

Sex/Nudity:  A few incidents of kissing; several sexual references and implied incidents of sexual activity; touching and nudity with sexual innuendo; sexual activity without explicit detail between adults.



Mature Subject Matter:  

War, prisoners of war, death of family members, extramarital affair, miscarriage.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Characters frequently drink and smoke.



Reviewed By Rachel
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