Mary Lou M. (N Royalton, OH)
The format of this book took awhile to grow on me, but then it engulfed me. The letters written by Elspeth to Davey and Davey's replies became intimate conversations that the reader is privileged to read. At first the letters written by Margaret to Paul during 1940, felt like an intrusion on the real story of Elspeth and Davey. Soon it became apparent how very important Margaret's letter were between her mother, Paul and especially her Uncle. What a wonderful story told through letters, which in this day and age has become a lost art. Wonderful book, would highly recommend it to my book club!
Sandra S. (Charlotte, NC)
Letters from Skye
I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance and wants a light read. It is too heavy on the romance for my taste, but it is a quick easy read. The story revolves around Elspeth and Davey's (I literally cringed at reading this grown man's name) developing relationship. While I knew the story would be based upon letters, I didn't expect the whole of it to be letters. The storyline seems too familiar and the characters aren't all that interesting, in my opinion.
Peggy K. (Long Beach, CA)
Love in the Air
What a truly beautiful story and actually you get two stories for the price of one in two different eras. It would seem hard to develop a real story using letters as the main course but it works very well here and I believe this will appeal to ages 14 and up in females. Overall though I believe that most who read this book will enjoy the characters very much. I liked Elspeth and Margaret but felt closest to Elspeth. It does indeed celebrate the written word and that is something that is losing its power today. This is a topic for Book Clubs certainly. Letters are not as important as they were and in this book one can see what is being lost. Take this book to the beach this summer and enjoy the love.
Carolyn L. (Summerville, SC)
Love to read letters!
I have enjoyed epistolary novels in the past, and this one is no exception. It was a pleasure reading all the letters, and this format is a good way to keep track of time and place. There were interesting but not deep descriptions of life during both world wars, and the characters were well-drawn. I think it would generate good book club discussion.
Carol R. (Foster City, CA)
Inhaled This Book!
I started reading this book on Saturday morning and finished it the same day. "Letters from Skye" is compulsively readable. Although the story was somewhat predictable, I wanted to know what happened next. The author's technique of alternating between mother's and daughter's stories kept the suspense building. I loved learning about the Isle of Skye.
Melissa M. (Little Rock, AR)
Nothing special in Letters from Skye
Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole is an epistolary generational novel, set in both WWI and WWII. We learn about the lives of Elspeth Dunn and her long distant suitor, Davey – and later, Elspeth's daughter, Margaret, through their letters, as Margaret tries to uncover the secrets of her mother's past. I never felt any attachment to any of the characters. The letters seemed to be far too modern in language to be written at the earlier part of the 20th century. As chapters shifted between time periods – there was no distinct "voice" to differentiate between the letters – if it weren't for the chapter headings, one wouldn't know if it was Elspeth or Margaret "writing" the prose. The plot was thin, and the ending contrived and predictable.
Terri O. (Chapel Hill, NC)
A gem of a novel
Letters From Skye is a beautifully written gem of a novel. Written entirely as letters spanning 1912 to 1940, it tells the story of Elspeth Dunn, a Scottish poet, and David Graham, an American college student. What begins as a fan letter from David to Elspeth deepens to friendship and eventually love. One of the great strengths of the novel is the honesty and authenticity of the letters, which are sometimes witty and playful, sometimes passionate, sometimes poignant, but always deeply affecting. Brockmore has managed to create two distinct voices that are utterly believable and to convey depth of character and feeling, as well as a wealth of historical detail, through the medium of letters alone. In this age of ephemeral e-mail and texts, Letters From Skye will make the reader nostalgic for handwritten love letters that can be tied up with ribbon and cherished forever. This book would appeal to those who liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, as well as those who have a soft spot for 84 Charing Cross Road.