Friday, October 18, 2013

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole



For today’s recommendation I’m turning to an entry on the scrlreads blog.  Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole is recommended by Elaine in Winkler for anyone who is looking for a love story that is a bit unusual.  The story is written in letters spanning two continents and two world wars. 

In 1912, twenty-four year old Elspeth Dunn, a newly published poet from the remote Isle of Skye, receives a fan letter from David Graham, a college student in Illinois. (Elspeth has never been off the Isle of Skye.)  She replies and begins a correspondence in which they share their favorite books, experiences and eventually their hopes, dreams and secrets.  Over time, their friendship blossoms into love.  Soon David enlists as an ambulance driver on the western front, and Elspeth can only wait.  Fast forward to 1940 and Elspeth’s daughter Margaret falls in love with a Royal Air Force pilot. Her mother warns her of the dangers of falling in love during wartime.  After an air raid, Elspeth disappears and Margaret has only one letter as a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

This is the story of two women who loved deeply and persevered during times of great adversity. 

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