Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Jessica Brockmole's epistolary debut novel deftly spans both World Wars with two interwoven love stories.

In 1912, just as World War I is breaking out in Europe,  Elspeth Dunn, a young Scottish poet, receives a fan letter from David Graham, an American college student.

Their letters are interspersed with letters from 1940, as Elspeth has disappeared and her daughter Margaret is trying to both find her, and figure out the story of her birth.

These letters are woven together so that details are revealed slowly and deliberately, drawing readers in and holding their interest.  Brockmole paints a lovely picture of the Scottish island of Skye, while also portraying the grim realities of war the rest of Europe.

Fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society or Code Name, Verity will definitely want to check this one out.

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