LETTERS FROM SKYE
Keep a tissue handy for Brockmole’s debut. Spanning continents and two world wars, and full of goodhearted characters understandably haunted by the shadows of battle, it’s everything a war romance should be. Told entirely through letters that are by turns charming, lively, touching and tear-jerking, the story’s sweet, well-developed romance and mysteries of the past unravel at a brisk pace that will keep readers riveted.
Elspeth Dunn, a young poet on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, is thrilled to receive her first fan letter from an American college student, David Graham. Feeling lonely in her faltering marriage, Elspeth replies, and the two strike up a correspondence that turns into friendship and eventually a deep love. But when David becomes an ambulance driver during the Great War, and Elspeth’s husband goes missing in battle, their love is put to the ultimate test. Years later, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, is caught up in her own war romance when an air raid destroys part of her mother’s house and reveals a cache of love letters from an American named David to “Sue.” When her mother disappears, Margaret follows her trail and begins to unravel the threads of a family tragedy that at last explains the mystery of Margaret’s own past. (BALLANTINE, Jul., 287 pp., $25.00)