Thursday, September 5, 2013
Letters From Skye
This epistolary novel takes place during World Wars I and II, and tells the story of two pen pals from different sides of 'the pond'. Elsbeth is a poet in Scotland, specifically the Isle of Skye, whose words entrance American David Graham. He writes to her on a whim, and she responds; thus, a years-long correspondence begins. Their romance is sweet, but won't give you a toothache; I found it charming.
Brockmole weaves in vivid imagery of Europe during WWI. David signs up to be an ambulance driver in Europe, which isn't something I think about when war comes to mind. It's also easy for civilians to gloss over the agony of being out of touch with their loved ones who are fighting, and this book taps into the worry of waiting for a letter. One review I read compares this to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a very fitting statement, and one that might help you picture the feel for Skye. I thoroughly enjoyed both!