Joanne V. (Towanda, PA)
A wonderful story done in letters
I loved this book and thank you to BookBrowse for the opportunity to review it. The characters are deftly drawn and I couldn't wait for the each letter. The author did a great job with depicting the time period and you just loved the characters and their interactions. I would recommend this book to everyone and especially to book clubs since I think there is a great deal in this book to discuss. And I loved the ending.
Ilene R. (Northfield, IL)
A glimpse into wartime love...
I loved Letters from Skye! It spans 50 years through 2 wars. The story is told through letters. Elspeth and David start corresponding when David writes a "fan" letter to Elspeth about her poetry book. I almost felt I was reading real letters! I couldn't put this book down. It's about love, loss and family. When war is added to the mix, the book gets more depth. As a side, the way Elspeth describes her beloved Isle of Skye, Scotland makes me want to book a trip as soon as possible! A great read.
Kimberly H. (Stamford, CT)
Letters from Skye- made me cry
I loved this book. Done all in letters, a wonderful read - though sad. Slightly sentimental with a backdrop of the challenges of 2 world wars, I would highly recommend for a quick weekend or long airplane flight read.
Susan C. (Maple Grove, MN)
A Story in Letters
The author, Jessica Brockmole, of Letters from Skye does an excellent job of developing the novel's characters, relationships and locations. From the first letters I was eager to learn more about these people and the times and places in which they lived. It is fascinating to see how the written word effects the men and women in this wonderful story. A book I will recommend to others and would be a good book club selection.
Leslie D. (Le Roy, NY)
Exquisite writing in engrossing story
While there will be many comparisons to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this debut novel stands on its own merit and tells quite a different story. In the letters of a mother and a daughter to their significant others, we see wartime Britain, both for World War I and II. This is a fine example of an author who "shows rather than tells" and who captures an era through the carefully written letters (right down to the endearments that are historically accurate). There is a surprising amount of suspense to the story along with interesting family secrets. Loved it. Great for book discussions and fans of historical fiction like Guernsey or The Aviator's Wife.
Barbara K. (Brooklyn, NY)
A wonderful read!
It was a joy to read this beautifully written, captivating novel, told in a series of letters.
In 1912, a man & woman begin a correspondence from across continents. We see friendship, then love develop, learn of other people in their lives & see how WWs I & II affected individuals & families. Because I began to care about all these people, I waited in anticipation for each new letter to arrive!
The letters end in 1940, having shown , on a very personal, intimate level what people endure for love in its many forms - love between a man & woman, love of family, maternal love, love of country & even love of adventure.
I would recommend this book to everyone!
Madeline M. (FL)
Letters from Skye
From David's first letter - smart, cocky, with a hint of humor - to Elspeth, I was hooked. And by the time I finished her reply, I was ready to be swept away by their story. This novel has it all - great characters, foreign settings, friendship, love, poetry, war, mystery. Oh, and the ending! A great read all around.