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Jessica Brockmole , Cathleen McCarron , Adam Sims
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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1 Nov 2013

A sweeping love story told through letters, spanning two continents and two world wars. For fans of My Dear, I wanted to tell you, The Postmistress and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

UNITED BY LETTERS. SEPARATED BY AN OCEAN. DEVASTATED BY WAR.

A letter isn’t always just a letter. Words on the page can drench the soul.

Elspeth Dunn, a published poet living on the Isle of Skye, answers her first fan letter from Davey Graham, an impetuous young man in Illinois. Without having to worry about appearances or expectations, Elspeth and Davey confess their hopes, dreams and fears, things they’ve never told another soul. Even without meeting, they know one another. But as World War I engulfs Europe and Davey volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait on Skye, anxious for his return; wondering if they’ll ever get a chance to meet.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1445032457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445032450
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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"This is an enchanting love story, told in a series of letters … It’s beautifully imagined and blissfully romantic." (The Times)

"This is a gentle love story. Telling it through letters makes the characters more realgiven depth and richness by letters that speak straight from the heart." (The Scotsman)

"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)

"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, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker)

"A touching story of forbidden wartime romance, spanning two generations and two separate continents." (The Reading Room) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

A sweeping love story told through letters, spanning two continents and two world wars. For fans of My Dear, I wanted to tell you, The Postmistress and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful love story 16 July 2013
Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As soon as I read the blurb, I couldn't wait to delve in and I wasn't disappointed. In epistolary format, the book spans generations from WWI through to WWII. I'm a fan of war novels - I'm not sure why, so this book really appealed to me. I love stories told through the medium of letters. Reading letters feels beautifully voyeuristic and allows real insight into the characters, offering a depth not there in more traditional storytelling. From the first fan letter David sends to young poet Elspeth, through their blossoming friendship, Brockmole manages to perfectly capture their romance. I really like the characters of Elspeth and David, finding myself completely invested in their love story. Where this book really excels however, is with its descriptions which are perfectly written.

This book makes me a little nostalgic for the lost art of letter writing. I would much rather receive a carefully thought out, hand written letter than a typo ridden text any day.

I give Letters from Skye 4/5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching and powerful novel 15 July 2014
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Elspeth Dunn is a published poet living on the Isle of Skye, and she receives her first fan letter from Davey Graham, a young man over in Illinois. The form of a letter means that they do not need to worry about appearances or expectations, and so over the course of many letters back and forth, Elspeth and Davey pour out their hopes, dreams and fears – things that they have never told a soul. But as World War I engulfs Europe and Davey becomes involved, Elspeth waits on Skye, anxious for his return and wondering if they’ll ever get a chance to meet…

I became completely swept up in this wonderful novel. The story is written purely through letters and although I initially thought that this might be hard to get into, but it flowed beautifully and with ease and I was soon captivated by the letters between Elspeth and Davey. I really liked that we were able to read the novel in this way, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know then through their letters and I really felt like I understood everything about them this way – it felt like I knew all their thoughts and feelings and their most personal hopes for life and for each other. The letters touched me on so many levels, I laughed with Elspeth and Davey, I felt for them and I even cried too, I felt SUCH an emotional connection with both of them.

I think the form of letters is definitely one of the strengths of the book, with this Jessica has created a beautiful and meaningful depth to the characters and their personal entwined story together.

The Isle of Skye sounds beautiful, I could really picture it in my mind through the descriptions from the letters, and I found myself wanting to travel there. I must admit that over the course of the book I fell in love with letter writing, and I’m now very keen to start writing letters again.

Letters From Skye is a truly touching and powerful novel that moved me in so many ways. It is captivating, romantic and a true gem of a story. A must read book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Historical Fiction.. 24 Aug 2013
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This interesting story takes us between two continents and two world wars and is told exclusively in the form of letters between the main characters. At first I found this a little disconcerting as the time sequences flutter around, but once I understood the general idea of the story, I became involved with what was happening. Primarily, the book unfolds a love story but at the same time it also captures the somewhat hedonistic attitude of living and loving during war time.

I'm not a huge fan of epistolary style novels, and I think had the book been just about one time frame, then the exclusivity of the correspondence could have become rather two dimensional. However, for me, the inclusion of a later story certainly saved the day and helped to keep the mystery alive, and in a way kept me turning the pages, although if I'm honest I would have preferred a straightforward narrative.

For me the real star of the story is the island of Skye itself, which is captured beautifully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written and heart-warming story 14 Sep 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Opposites attract. I'm a Belgian novelist who writes very dark, tense and shocking novels on the crossroads between literature and the crime novel. Pegasus Books published "Baudelaire's Revenge" this year in the US. I'm 61 and at the end of my 'career' (not the immediate end, I hope) but I always wanted to write a novel where love conquers in the end, but time and time again my protagonists are destroyed by other emotions - greed, lust,sollipsism etc. - that corrupt their ability to love. Jessica Brockmole has done what I dreamed off: she has written an utterly touching love story bridging the years between WW1 and WW2, evoking the power of hope, illustrating that our deepest feelings do not degrade through time. The fact that Brockmole chose to tell her story in letters add to the emotional force of the tale. The reader connects immediately with the characters. The backdrop of war(s) deepens the lyrical love story. I confess (but keep it secret): now and then tears came into my eyes. Such a heart-warming, gentle saga with characters you want to have close to you. Oh, and before I forget: a vivid rendering of the natural beauty of the Scottisch Island Skye....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Debut Epistolary Novel! 17 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Letters from Skye
By Jessica Brockmole
A Book Review by Ginger Dawn Harman

I have always enjoyed receiving a handwritten letter. There is something special about seeing the penmanship and the personal touches of ribbon, stickers, or a short poem on the back of an envelope. How many of you remember in grade school that first Pen pal letter from a foreign country? This excitement has been kindled with an emotional fire in Jessica Brockmole's novel, Letters from Skye.
The epistolary novel begins in 1912 as Scottish poet, Elspeth Dunn receives her first fan letter from an American college student named David Graham. These correspondence turn into an endearing relationship that war, time, and place separate Elspeth and David. As the Chapters switch from 1912 to 1940, the reader is introduced to Elspeth's daughter Margaret, who has fallen in love with a solider during World War Two. It is fate that then brings the two stories together, as Margret learns of her mother's past, interpersonal family conflict, the heartbreak of war, and a bit of loyal determination. Will love prevail?

Jessica Brockmole teases the reader with many twists and turns with her well-developed plot. I could not put this novel down and instantly connected with each character. With attention to sensory details, the author creates credible characters. My favorite character was the young eager David who desperately desires to discover his place in the world. Furthermore, his stoic gift to the main character Elspeth, had this reader in tears toward the end of the novel.

While the tension runs high with conflict toward the middle of the novel, Jessica Brockmole keeps the reader engaged. The relationship between Elspeth and her brother is heartbreaking as they come to terms with choices made.
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