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  1. Letters from Skye: A Novel
    Letters from Skye: A Novel
    Letters from Skye: A Novel
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  2. Letters from Skye: A Novel

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Jessica Brockmole
Brockmole, Jessica
Ballantine Books
Ballantine Books
Ballantine Books
Ballantine Books
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) LETTERS FROM SKYE, a novel in letter form, begins in 1912 with David Graham, an eighteen-year-old student in Urbana, Illinois, writing to Elspeth Dunn, a twenty-four-year-old poet who had never left the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The first letter is an ordinary fan letter; Graham had just finished reading one of Dunn's books. Opening the novel with this simple fan letter, which grows into much more, catches readers' attention right away and keeps readers' attention until the very end.

Not only are there letters between Graham and Dunn before and during World War I, but also letters written by Dunn's daughter Margaret during World War II. Margaret has fallen in love with a soldier, and her mother tries to warn her against it - or at least to give the situation due thought.

The style of this novel is spot-on for the type of work it is. There are times when the authors of the letters take their time, and other times when the authors of the letters are so tired or... Read more
Letters from Skye is a sweet and simple book that ultimately disappointed me because the author seemed to believe that the cliched plot twists and insubstantial characters and setting could be saved by a charming concept.

I love the idea of a novel told in letters or diaries and just last week read and reviewed a great example of this type of novel - Margaret Forster's Diary of an Ordinary Woman. But to make that kind of novel succeed you have to have a strong narrative voice, a sense of a real person setting events down in real time. Unfortunately, all of the letter writers in Skye sound the same - there's no differentiation in voice between an American college student and a Scottish poet in 1912 or a young woman and her boyfriend in the midst of WWII.

I've read interviews with the author and she seemed to have done a great deal of research on the language of the time. The words may have been correct but her diction and language structure was completely off -... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) I am fond of stories that are told through letters. Using only correspondence between characters to tell the story is tricky business. Characters are developed and explained only through whatever has been written so the author must be skillful in crafting the letters.
It starts with a letter from David, an American student, to Elspeth, a poet living on the Island of Skye in Scotland. A seemingly innocent piece of fan mail becomes a love story that starts in WWI and continues through the next generation and WWII.
Jessica Brockmole has the spare writing style and even hand that lends itself well to this type of book. She starts with nothing more than a few lines and moves onto introducing other characters and parts of the story line.
It is almost summer and I retreated with this book to the library for the comfort of the A/C and a sprawling sofa. I was carried away to Scotland and London in the midst of two wars. A delicious story that kept me wrapped up for several... Read more
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