Title: Letters From Skye
Genre: Historical Romance (early 20th century)
Author: Jessica Brockmole
Publisher: Ballantine, July 2013
Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5-behind closed doors
Description from Amazon Vine:
March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondence—sharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets—their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I engulfs Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he’ll survive.
June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. Then, after a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago.
This book was written in a letter writing format. The entire book is written with letters between various characters. This is the first book I’ve read in this format and I find I like it.
This was an interesting book that compelled me to keep reading so that the mystery would be revealed. There were a couple of mysteries. Who was Margaret’s father? What happened to David and Elspeth? What caused the rift in the family? Those were cleared up by the end of the book. But The characters actions seemed a bit farfetched. I could not quite grasp all the travel all over the British Isles in the midst of war in 1918, nor the story of sending prisoners clothing, books and blankets. This may have been allowed but it just didn’t sound rational to me. Also why all the secrecy about Margaret? Although this was not a bad read, neither was it a very good read. It was okay if you like the letter format and suspend some skepticism.