Thanks to Heather, we have two autographed and personalized copies of BECOMING JOSEPHINE to give away to two lucky commenters at the end of this post (details below). Thank you, Heather, for joining us at Great New Books and sharing one of your favorite reads with us today!
Author Heather Webb, on one of her recent favorite books:
Thanks for having me here at Great New Books, ladies. I love to talk about books, especially those I love. Today I bring you a little ditty about a novel I recently finished—and could hardly put down—LETTERS FROM SKYE by Jessica Brockmole. Her publisher describes it as this:
A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart.
I’m a little obsessed with both WWI and Scotland right now, so the fact that this story hits both of these obsessions was a coup! Still, I must admit, I’m not a huge fan of epistolary novels. Typically I can’t be as close to the characters as I like, but that just isn’t the case in this gem of a novel. A relationship blooms between an American (Davey) and a Scottish poet (Elspeth) when Davey sends a letter of admiration to the author. When their banter grows into affection, family drama and heartache ensues. I’ll leave it at that, as I don’t want to give away any of the delicious little secrets that pop up!
What I can say, is Jessica did a wonderful job in illustrating relationships between Elspeth and all of the players in her life, the descriptions of an enchanting Skye island, and the life of an ambulance driver on the front lines. I was swept away by the long distance romance and more so, if possible, by the mystery of who fathered Elspeth’s daughter, and what happened to both the beloved Davey and her husband after the war. Family secrets, the beauty and solace of a remote isle, the ravages of love and war—it’s all there and it’s done beautifully. I read this in three days and wept at the end! That’s always the mark of a good novel.
So yeah, go pick yourself up a copy! If you’re on a tight budget, it’s available in e-book (as well as hardback), and releases in paperback this summer.
To enter the drawing to win a copy of Heather Webb’s novel, BECOMING JOSEPHINE, leave a comment (any comment) below, from Wednesday, January 22 until Friday, January 24 at midnight Eastern time.
Great New Books will email each winner individually and announce them in the comments on Saturday, February 25. (Entries for the Continental US only, please.) As always, thanks for helping us to spread the word about great books and thank you for joining us!