Dear Mr. Knightley, A Book Review

_140_245_Book.996.coverSamantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others—namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story—by giving that story to a complete stranger.

Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.

But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.

As Sam’s dark memory mingles with that of eligible novelist Alex Powell, her letters to Mr. Knightley become increasingly confessional. While Alex draws Sam into a world of warmth and literature that feels like it’s straight out of a book, old secrets are drawn to light. And as Sam learns to love and trust Alex and herself, she learns once again how quickly trust can be broken.

Reminding us all that our own true character is not meant to be hidden, Reay’s debut novel follows one young woman’s journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.

My Review: I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. My motivation for reading has been off for quite some time and this book was exactly what I needed to reignite that passion. I immediately became drawn to Sam, the main character, and engrossed in her story. Her letters to Mr. Knightley felt honest and real and I found myself devouring every page of this book. I surprised myself with how invested I became in this book. I could hardly put it down, and even found myself emotionally driven to tears at a few spots. Also, Sam’s love for literature is contagious and she makes me want to revisit some of the classics I love. I can’t say enough about this book. Beautifully written with character depth and a great story-line. I am looking forward to reading more by Katherine Reay in the future!

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. Many thanks to Booksneeze for this opportunity.


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