Letters from Skye

Letters from Skye

by Jessica Brockmole
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Letters from Skye: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Read it in 2 days. I enjoyed the letter format. It bounced back and forth between the letters written during the first world war between lovers and the letters written during the second world war between daughter and several people as she looked for her missing mom and tried to figure out what secret the past held. At the same time I was angry with Elspeth for cheating and admired her courage to go after what she wanted. You can't just hurt other people like that and get a charmed life or did she get a charmed life? Just when you thought you had the end figured out a surprise turns up! Now just who's daughter is Margaret anyway? The descriptions of Skye made me feel like I was there and the descriptions of the war raining down on them were very real too. It's a book that makes you feel wistful afterwards and leaves you feeling like you know these people, after all you read their intimate letters. If you love Scotland, mystery and romance this book is for you! Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.
Copygirl More than 1 year ago
I opened up the copy of Letters from Skye I won this morning and was captivated by it. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. The letter format sucked me in. "Just one more," I said to myself and hours later I was still reading. I had to know what happened to Elspeth and whether she and David ever met and so forth until I had finished the book. I would recommend Letters to Skye to anyone who values relationships that begin with the sharing of mutual interests and respect and slowly build. Elspeth's daughter Margaret adds another layer to the anticipation of what happened in Elspeth's and David's lives, and watching her solve the mystery of Elspeth's closed-off life is beautiful. Even though the story takes place during two wars, there is no real violence to make the book hard to read. Because you get to read the letters from both sides their personalities develop; you learn their dreams and want them to find happiness. I found the ending satisfying and I think the story will stay with me for awhile.
AlanAbrams More than 1 year ago
Letters from Skye is a delightfully good book that spans two world wars. The romance is perfectly told. The story is told through letters, which works perfectly.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
Too 'Twee.' I was excited about this book as Scotland is one of my favorite places yet the entire novel ending up falling flat. For the vast, wild beauty that is Skye, (and the fact the author is from there) there is not much in the way of atmosphere or description that truly captures that. I kept thinking that Skye ended up having little to do with the story--it sort of could have happened anywhere. In 'Downton Abbey's' wake this is another in a seeming flood of WWI and between wars stories--and this one just blends in with the rest. What starts out with an intriguing relationship between an older, married woman and a younger, idealistic student ends up totally predictable with plot points that have been repeated in an endless number of these books. Nothing of any originality happens here although the letter format of the story is engaging. Other reviewers have compared this to the 'Guernsey Literary' novel but I do not see it at all. 'Guernsey' is a WWII novel with wonderfully engaging characters; it is a thousand times better than this. 'Skye' is not a bad book; it works as an easy, afternoon read. But it is not one that will likely stay with you and a savvy reader will see the ending/resolutions coming for miles. In terms of WWI or between the wars novels--if you had read one of them, you have read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the way the story is written in letters. This would be a good book club discussion novel about - conflict in emotions and perceptions. Another great historical novel is "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. Right now it is only 99 cents on the Nook. Both books are excellent and deserve A+++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poignant. Rich. Subtle. So many more words I could use to describe this book. Jessica does a brilliant job of capturing 25 years of love between the pages of letters passed back and forth across the water. The transformation that Elspeth Dunn, the poetess in this tale, undergoes, is lovely to read. She's like a bird in a cage on her Isle of Skye, but once released, she's not quite sure how far she can fly. Davey, an adventurer with a heart for only one woman, is the key to her cage, but Ian, the childhood friend-turned-husband, is the earth beneath her. Family, love, sacrifice, betrayal, resentment, forgiveness, hope, hopelessness - these are all topics Jessica covers with elegance and grace in the timeless tale of the love triangle. Your heart will break for all three parties (and more), a situation compounded by the atrocities and effects of war. I read this in one sitting - thank goodness for a holiday weekend! Just a heads up - this book is about a war-time adulterous affair, so if the topic is not one you want to read about, this book isn't one for you. This book was provided to me by the publishing company for the purpose of this review.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Letters From Skye is a a beautiful story. It is a book that I didn’t want to put down, but emotionally I had to stop and take a breath. It’s set in a locations and time periods that I enjoy. It’s a book I will savor for years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully refreshing , deeply emotional, fantastic characterization, highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading the letters of two people falling in love and the war that came between. This is one book you will be glad to read. It was hard to put down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Not predictable. Skillful twists and turns right to the end.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole I did not expect this to be actual letters what a great premise to a book. I feel like I am writing my best friend... and getting his responses immediately... love the idea of two romances shown in the two great wars... I am thrown by the idea and the romance of the letters. My parents wrote letters for a year before they met in Europe to get married, so letter writing has a sensitive spot for me. The purity of the written words, the concern of the mother and the rebellion of the daughter. The idea of their letters passing back and forth explaining their lives, their fears, their dreams and their ideals.
huckfinn37 More than 1 year ago
I liked Letters From Skye because I enjoyed the relationship between Elsbeth and David. I liked that David called her Sue.I  loved the letter format of Letters from Skye. The ending was satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a yawn!!! Elspeth Dunn's ridiculous fright of traveling by ferry made me want to gnash my teeth. I couldn't relate to her at any level. All this secrecy...really, who cares. Why her daughter, Margaret, can find the man who is her father she didn't know she had and Elspeth couldn't after several decades is beyond me!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally not the type of book I read but this was so good i read it in less than a day. The heart wants what the heart wants.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly one of the best thought-out, well-written books I have read in a long time. The way the two stories/time periods are interwoven makes for an interesting read. I also enjoyed the short chapters, which helped keep the read quick and easy to follow. I don't want to give anything away, but the story is so poetic and beautiful, I could barely put the book down. I look forward to more books by Jessica Brockmole. Such a good book!
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onlybestreviewedRZ More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written story that takes place during two world wars and brings to life characters with profound emotion. I would highly recommend it! I truly enjoyed reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Jessica has the "voice" of each character. The letters felt so real and felt like you were actually there. There was so much emotion and could feel the intamacy between each penpal. The end gave me chills. I highly recommend!
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AnnieMNH More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun read for me. I'm a softy for epistolary novels. The author's descriptions of the Isle of Skye were wonderful!
JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
Great first book from Jessica Brockmole. I enjoyed the format of the story unfolding in letters and bringing together two different generations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read in a long time. From the first letter I was hooked.
Scarls17 More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book and highly recommend it! Told entirely in letters, this is a magnificent story of love.