Did you know that Goodreads has giveaways? Recently I entered to win a couple
dozen free new and upcoming books. I was fortunate to win Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole. In the good spirit if paying it forward I submit my book review. :)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The novel Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole is a story about how a simple fan letter turns into a lifetime of promises and regrets.
Elspeth Dunn is a published poet living on the Isle of Skye, an island off of the coast of Scotland. Elspeth spends her days writing poetry, taking in the sights and sounds of her magical island, where many if it’s inhabitants believe in fairy folk, and tending house as all early twentieth century women did. She has also never left her island, for fear of the water.
One day a letter appears, it is her first fan letter. The letter is from an American named Davey. He is a college student with a knack for getting into trouble due to his playful yet restless and fearless personality. His stories about letting loose a bag full of squirrels into the girls dormitory, or painting the deans horse blue, charm Elspeth and a decade of correspondence begins. Than World War 1 breaks out, secrets are exposed, and everything changes.
The novel itself is a series of documents, letters, telegrams, and news stories, which for me, made the novel more personal.
These documents kept me interested because they were not straight forward. They were intimate pieces to a larger picture that only becomes clear when the story is finally told, and even then they leave you wondering.
This book hit me on a personal level which helped me understand the moments when Elspeth appears to take on the stereotypical damsel in distress motif, something I found to be irritating. Yet I understand the type of emotional turmoil that Elspeth was coping with. I’ve been through it (probably even turned pathetic once or twice), so I understand the strength it takes to be true to your heart when everything around you tells you not to be.
Overall, Letters from Skye is a good read. But don’t take my word for it, check out the other reviews. I’d tell you to go pick yourself up a copy, but alas the book does not come out until July… so keep your eyes peeled for it.