I don't usually choose to read romances, but the setting for Jessica Brockmole's debut novel, Letters from Skye, interested me. It is a true "old-fashioned love story," told in alternating chapters through letters written during World War I and World War II.
When Elspeth Dunn, a Scottish poet living on the Isle of Skye, begins a correspondence with an American fan, she has no idea how profoundly her life will change. In time, her daughter, Margaret, begins her own correspondence with her sweetheart, beginning when her mother suddenly disappears after their home is hit by a bomb during World War II.
I especially enjoyed the voices of the readers of this audio. Elspeth's Scottish lilt and her sweetheart David Graham's brash American accent successfully add to the atmosphere. I also liked the author's use of correspondence to tell her story. Through these letters, the characters reveal their thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams. The author reminds us what it is to be human, to truly love someone, and how that love can at times consume us.
While Letters from Skye is a historical fiction novel, it is no less a timeless tale of love. A tale of the love between parents and their children, between partners, and between siblings and the sacrifices we willingly make for those we love. Maybe there is a bit of the romantic in me after all!