Thursday, July 18, 2013

Review: Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Publisher: Ballantine
Pages: 304
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Two sets of pen pals and a whole heck of a lot of letters are the heart of this story.  A mother and daughter both find themselves sending letters to men that they dearly love both at times of war when correspondence wasn't always reliable.  With the current times of email and text messaging and quick replies, it was interesting to be taken back in time where it could take a month to get a response to a letter.  These two ladies would wait days to hear news whether good or bad back from their loved ones.  I couldn't even imagine that today!

The letters were organized for easy reading, but with only letters to use to find out about these characters, I felt there was a little missing to create some depth to these characters.  I wish there was maybe a journal entry or something else to add a little more to allow the reader to get to know more from the characters.

This was a good book and I would recommend it to a reader who has a passion for history and loves to read books that are formatted a little differently.    

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2013 Challenge: 46 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. I agree with you. It was enjoyable but wasn't a grab me book.

    Thanks for your review.


  2. Books written in letter form are some of my favorites and authors don't do it often enough. I'll definitely be checking this one out.

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.


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