March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet and a fisherman’s wife, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s bucolic Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when a fan letter arrives from an American college student, David Graham. As the two strike up a correspondence - sharing their favourite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets - their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I moves across Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he comes back alive.
June 1940: More than twenty years later, at the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for her best friend, a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against finding love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. And after a nearby bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter, sent decades before by a stranger named David Graham, remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover who David is and where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago....
©2013 Jessica Brockmole (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
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"Made for audio"
The letters format of the novel made it perfect for audio. Hearing the voices read their own letters brought the story to life.
The fast pace when Margaret, the daughter, took over her mother's search towards the end.
All the narrators were excellent, making the letters real. The accents highlighted the characters.
This would have been a good book to read but was really elevated by being dramatised. It was reminiscent of "The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society".
"I absolutely loved it."
This book was wonderful and so easy to listen to - and it was a great story. I listened to it in the car and sometimes I wouldn't get out of the car until the end of a chapter. I totally recommend this book. The readers were excellent, however, it took me a while to catch onto their accents and at the beginning I didn't realise there were two different time periods, but once I did, it was very easy to follow the story.
This is not the type of book I would normally read but I was checking it out for my elderly mother. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did and therefore I have no hesitation in recommending it for any age group. It is a rarity nowadays - a great book with no sex, violence or bad language!
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