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Monday, July 8, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop - Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole

About Letters from Skye

A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart.

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.

Sparkling with charm and full of captivating period detail, Letters from Skye is a testament to the power of love to overcome great adversity, and marks Jessica Brockmole as a stunning new literary voice.

“Letters from Skye is 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 amidst the gripping panorama of a changing world — an absorbing and rewarding saga of loss and discovery.” -Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker

“Jessica Brockmole’s Letters from Skye is a fascinating, lyrical tale of love and loss.  Gracefully weaving the tales of lovers and brothers and sisters spanning two wars, Brockmole expertly explores the toll of both honesty and deception upon hearts battered by war and society’s expectations.” -Melanie Benjamin, author of The Aviator’s Wife

The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye

My Thoughts:

I love the way this books is laid out - written strictly in letters from a young woman during World War I and then letters by her daughter during World War II. 

Author Jessica Brockmole does an excellent job of combining the stories of these two courageous women and the fascinating times that they lived through. The entire cast of characters, including the secondary ones, are all interesting and lend a warm realism to the overall tale. I also loved the historical background that is the under-riding story of this novel. 

I highly recommend this for fans of historical fiction, and stories that feature strong women characters.

The Isle of Skye

Jessica Brockmole photo

About Jessica Brockmole

Jessica Brockmole spent several years living in Scotland, where she knew too well the challenges in maintaining relationships from a distance.  She plotted her first novel on a long drive from the Isle of Skye to Edinburgh.

She now lives in Indiana with her husband and two children.

To learn more about Jessica and her work, visit her website at www.jabrockmole.com.



Jessica Brockmole’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, July 8th:  Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Tuesday, July 9th:  Linus’s Blanket - Q&A/giveaway
Wednesday, July 10th:  A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, July 11th:  Historical Tapestry,  Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Friday, July 12th:  Savvy Verse and Wit
Monday, July 15th:  Bippity Boppity Book
Tuesday, July 16th:  My Bookshelf
Wednesday, July 17th:  Diary of an Eccentric
Thursday, July 18th:  Kritter’s Ramblings
Monday, July 22nd:  Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, July 23rd:  Write Meg!
Wednesday, July 24th:  She is Too Fond of Books – author guest post
Thursday, July 25th:  Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, July 29th:  Read Lately

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour, and to Ballantine Books for the review copy.

I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous photos of The Isle of Skye.

I loved visiting there. Portree, Scotland, is my favorite.

THANKS for the review.

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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I love reading old letters ... it makes me wish more people wrote letters nowadays.

Thanks for being on the tour!