About Letters from Skye
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 9, 2013)
A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart.
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.
Sparkling with charm and full of captivating period detail, Letters from Skye is a testament to the power of love to overcome great adversity, and marks Jessica Brockmole as a stunning new literary voice.
“Letters from Skye is a captivating love story that celebrates the power of hope to triumph over time and circumstance.” -Vanessa Diffenbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers
“A poignant tale of a stubborn love that bridges the lives and wars of two generations, Letters From Skye gives the reader a story to inhale as well as read, unfolding amidst the gripping panorama of a changing world — an absorbing and rewarding saga of loss and discovery.” -Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker
“Jessica Brockmole’s Letters from Skye is a fascinating, lyrical tale of love and loss. Gracefully weaving the tales of lovers and brothers and sisters spanning two wars, Brockmole expertly explores the toll of both honesty and deception upon hearts battered by war and society’s expectations.” -Melanie Benjamin, author of The Aviator’s Wife
Jessica Brockmole spent several years living in Scotland, where she knew too well the challenges in maintaining relationships from a distance. She plotted her first novel on a long drive from the Isle of Skye to Edinburgh. She now lives in Indiana with her husband and two children.
To learn more about Jessica and her work, visit her website at www.jabrockmole.com.
Jessica Brockmole’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, July 8th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, July 10th: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, July 12th: Savvy Verse and Wit
Monday, July 15th: Bippity Boppity Book
Tuesday, July 16th: My Bookshelf
Wednesday, July 17th: Diary of an Eccentric
Thursday, July 18th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Monday, July 22nd: Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, July 23rd: Write Meg!
Thursday, July 25th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, July 29th: Read Lately