Letters from Skye
Jessica Brockmole

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Narrated By: Adam Alexi-Malle, Elle Newlands, Guy Burnet, Katy Townsend, Lincoln Hoppe

Duration: 8 hours and 13 minutes

What to expect

18 June, 1940
Oh, my Margaret,

You have no secrets from me, but I've kept a part of myself locked away, always. A part of me that started scratching at the wall the day this other war started, that started howling to get out right now, the day you ran off to meet your soldier.
I should have told you, should've taught you to steel your heart. Taught you that a letter isn't always just a letter. Words on the page can drench the sould. If only you knew.

Elspeth is fond of saying to her daughter that 'the first volume of my life is out of print'. But when a bomb hits an Edinburgh street and Margaret finds her mother crouched in the ruins of her bedroom pulling armfuls of yellowed letters onto her lap, the past Elspeth has kept so carefully locked away is out in the open. The next day, Elspeth disappears.

Left alone with the letters, Margaret discovers a mother she never knew existed: a poet living on the Isle of Skye who in 1912 answered a fan letter from an impetuous young man in Illinois.

Without having to worry about appearances or expectations, Elspeth and Davey confess their dreams and their worries, things they've never told another soul. Even without meeting, they know one another.

Played out across oceans, in peacetime and wartime but most of all through paper and ink, Letters from Skye is about the transformative power of a letter - the letter that shouldn't have been sent, the letter that is never sent and the letter the reader will keep for ever.


Modern & contemporary fiction, Historical fiction, Historical romance, First World War fiction, Epistolary fiction

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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

This is a gentle love story. Telling it through letters makes the characters more realgiven depth and richness by letters that speak straight from the heart.

The Scotsman

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 amid the gripping panorama of a changing world—an absorbing and rewarding saga of loss and discovery.

Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker

A touching story of forbidden wartime romance, spanning two generations and two separate continents.

The Reading Room

This is an enchanting love story, told in a series of letters … It’s beautifully imagined and blissfully romantic.