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Review: Letters From Skye

August 22, 2013

Letters From Skye

American David Graham is so moved by a book of poetry he reads that he write the Scottish author, Elspeth Dunn, a fan letter.  Elspeth answers his letter and so they begin a correspondence.  They get to know each other through their letters and quickly become friends, eventually falling in love.  It’s 1912 and there’s a war going on so they can’t be together, though.

Thirty years later, during another war, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, is in love with a young man serving in the Royal Air Force and Elspeth warns her of the dangers of wartime love.  Elspeth goes missing after an air raid.  In her search for her mother, Margaret discovers the old letters and a part of her mother’s past that she never knew about.

Letters From Skye, by Jessica Brockmole, is an epistolary novel set during World Wars I and II.  The story is a little more complicated than that, but I think some of the details are best discovered as you read the book.  Through the years, the correspondence between Davy and Elspeth begins to mean so much to both of them but world and personal events conspire to keep them apart.

Brockmole does a great job of telling a story through a series of letters, which can’t be easy to do.  Through the letters, readers get to know the characters and get a sense of the time period.  I enjoyed this book a great deal and do recommend it.  It’s Brockmole’s debut novel and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

I listened to the audio version of Letters From Skye which is narrated by Elle Newlands, Katy Townsend, Lincoln Hoppe, Adam Alex-Malle, and Guy Burnet.  I enjoyed all of the narrators, especially those with Scottish accents.  Having a cast made it easy to keep the characters apart.  The audio book is on 7 CDs and lasts approximately 8 hours.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
35 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2013 4:21 am

    I would definitely consider listening to the audio book version of this because I am terrible at imagining Scots accents in my head! Lovely review. 🙂

  2. August 22, 2013 4:27 am

    I will definitely have to put this on the TBR list. I’ve seen a lot of reviews recommending this book. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. August 22, 2013 6:28 am

    I really enjoyed this book as well, which really surprised me as i don’t generally like epistolary novels or love stories. But Brockmole did a wonderful job of conveying time and place.

  4. August 22, 2013 6:40 am

    I’m reading it now!. Once I started I decided to get the audio to hear the accents which was a good decision. Really adds to the enjoyment.

  5. August 22, 2013 6:52 am

    Wow, I just read another book almost exactly like this. I guess it’s a popular theme now.

  6. August 22, 2013 7:51 am

    I actually don’t think I’ve ever read a completely epistolary novel. I’d like to try one though, since I usually enjoy reading letters between characters 🙂

  7. August 22, 2013 7:58 am

    You had me at Scottish accents! Plus, I adore epistolary style.

  8. August 22, 2013 8:11 am

    I love both epistolary novels and multi-narrator audio productions… this book definitely belongs on my wish list!

  9. bookingmama permalink
    August 22, 2013 8:20 am

    I love epistolary novels but would imagine they are hard to produce on audio.

  10. August 22, 2013 8:30 am

    Episotolary novels was a new one for me and I’ve got to look that one up. This story sounds sad but good.

  11. August 22, 2013 9:53 am

    I hope to read this soon!

  12. talesofwhimsy permalink
    August 22, 2013 9:57 am

    Sounds good! Plus I love a good accent.

  13. August 22, 2013 10:15 am

    Wasn’t this a wonderful audio! I loved the narration and the story – one of my favorites this year.

  14. August 22, 2013 10:29 am

    I’m so happy when you recommend a good book in audio, not everything translates well, and this is a book I’ve heard good things about.
    Wonderful review today, thanks.

  15. August 22, 2013 10:31 am

    I haven’t even heard of this one yet but I’m certainly intrigued now with your great review! I love a good historical epistolary novel!

  16. August 22, 2013 10:59 am

    I think that this is sitting on my tbr pile right now. I think? My memory is terrible, lol. You’ve inspired me to get to it sooner rather than later.

  17. August 22, 2013 12:25 pm

    This must have been great on audio! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I just loved Elspeth! I’m going to add your review to our WWI reviews at War Through the Generations.

  18. Beth Hoffman permalink
    August 22, 2013 12:38 pm

    I’ve wondered about this one and have been toying with putting in on my list. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kathy!

  19. August 22, 2013 12:39 pm

    I have this one in hardcopy to read but the audiobook sounds lovely!

  20. August 22, 2013 1:00 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this–wonderful review! I enjoyed the audio sample. 🙂

  21. August 22, 2013 2:39 pm

    I adore epistolary novels! Must look into this.

  22. August 22, 2013 3:08 pm

    I’d like to listen to this one 🙂

  23. Patty permalink
    August 22, 2013 4:29 pm

    No fair…I had to look up epistolary! What’s wrong with me?

  24. August 22, 2013 4:56 pm

    sounds charming..

  25. August 22, 2013 7:18 pm

    I generally enjoy epistolary format a lot so I’m curious to see how this one will work for me.

  26. August 22, 2013 7:35 pm

    The accents would win me over, no doubt.

  27. August 22, 2013 8:52 pm

    I enjoy this type of book too, I shall have to add it to my TBR pile.

  28. August 22, 2013 11:00 pm

    I love epistolary novels, and I must say, that while I don’t normally do audio books, I think the format lends itself to this type of story. I may have to check it out.

  29. August 23, 2013 9:53 am

    Mmmm, Scottish accents, They’re like catnip to me. hehe I have this book but I think I”m going to have to get an audio copy too.

  30. August 23, 2013 8:02 pm

    I love that there was a cast of narrators instead of one trying to be all the voices! I’ve never listened to an audio book like that before and now I’m intrigued. This is going on my audio wish list!

  31. August 24, 2013 4:15 pm

    This sounds like a lovely read. I usually enjoy a book of letters or a book written as a diary. It affords an intimate relationship with the characters that might not otherwise be there. Thank you for your review.

  32. August 25, 2013 8:29 am

    I love full cast audios. There aren’t many and the ones I’ve listened to were great. I’m going to look for this one on audio thanks to your review since I originally thought that an epistolary novel is best read.

  33. August 25, 2013 1:37 pm

    I loved this book, so I’m glad to see you enjoyed it, too.

  34. August 27, 2013 10:32 am

    I’m so excited to read this one!

  35. September 15, 2013 4:36 pm

    I really enjoy epistolary novels, so this one is on my TBR list.

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