LETTERS FROM SKYE: a novel ~Jessica Brockmole
LETTERS FROM SKYE is just a beautiful read. Don’t you just love getting letters in your mailbox that you can go back and read and reread? I enjoy writing letters also. As a child every week a letter came from my Grandmother to our house and after my mother read it to herself, she shared it with the whole family. I even enjoy getting emails which are long and sharing. This is a story about a time when there were no emails or computers, about when folks read lots and lots of books, and about when communicating via letter was an art form.
Every Sunday afternoon, before starting her prep work for school the next day, my mother replied to her Mother. Grandmother lived so far away and we did not have any way to know her except through her letters. We have a bundle of letters from my Father when he was serving on a ship during WWII; they share a history with us of what he was experiencing and his perception of war. These letters are so thoughtful and descriptive we gained a deeper understanding of war about who he was as an officer and what he was enduring.
A best friend studying in England sends a copy of a book of poetry written on the Isle of SKYE to his peer who is still in college in the USA. The recipient of the volume is so moved by the author’s verses that he sends her a fan letter and begins a correspondence which will last for many, many years and change lives through one war and into the next conflict.
Elspeth and David begin to regularly communicate with each other. They share the daily trials and actions and then add humor and depth to the conversation. They share secrets and feelings, such as Elspeth’s fear of water so that she has never been off the Island at all (not even to attend University) and David shares that he does not want to be a doctor as is expected by his family. THE LETTERS FROM SKYE are warm and reflective of a growing friendship and a budding love.
Then there are the obstacles of bombing raids, rationing, and travel prohibitions when the USA will not enter the War effort. One is married and one is engaged to be married and the families are not in tune with what is happening. David joins an Ambulance Field Service in France to get across the ocean and the letters continue and Elspeth keeps each and every one.
LETTERS FROM SKYE is a slow read and a delicious read, which needs to be savored by the eye and breathed deeply into the soul. There is storytelling within the story itself and the poetic descriptions are delightful. Added to the conversation are Elspeth’s letters to her daughter Margaret in 1940, as her daughter falls in love with a Royal Air Force pilot and her mother feels it is vital to warn her about wartime and finding love.
Jessica Brockmole has shared with us her beautiful debut novel and it is already to be published in 20 countries. You will want to curl up under the apple tree with this one; 300 pages of letters to be read and re-read, LETTERS FROM SKYE are letters to enjoy.
I received an advance reader’s edition of this book from TLC online book tours and Ballantine Books. They are offering a giveaway copy of this lovely story for a comment. Thank you for sharing this book with me. I enjoyed the read very much.