Check out these book reviews from staff members of the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library. The books (with review cards) can be found on the Fireplace Mantel near the front desk at Graves Library. Come on in for a visit and check them out!
Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole
This is the perfect book for an afternoon read with a cup of tea at hand. It is a love story, told through letters written during WWI, between a young poetess on the Isle of Skye and a young American with whom friendship blossoms into an impossible relationship. Years later as WWII approaches, the daughter of the poetess discovers the letters and begins a search to find out what happened during those years about which her mother has remained so secretive.
But the book is so much more- a look into the life on a barren, secluded island, the trials of long distance relationships, secrecy and what it does to people, how narrowness of vision can be so debilitating. This is not great literature, but it is a good and pretty well written first novel.
The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett
This interesting book is actually three stories woven together: one, the trail of a book from the 16th century onward; another, the development of Peter Bryerly, the protagonist, into antiquarian bookman and confident young married man; and last, the reemergence of both the disconsolate young widower Peter and of the book into the light.
Lovett does a very good job moving from one story to another. The only glitch I found was a bit of difficulty with the language of the earliest bits, but, as your ear gets attuned to Shakespeare when listening to him being read, so your eye becomes accustomed to the words and tempo of the 16the century language. So the issue is a short lived one and disappears entirely as the centuries progress. A thoroughly enjoyable book!