Synopsis: Dear Mr. Knightley is a contemporary epistolary novel with a delightful dash of Jane Austen.
Moore survived years of darkness in the foster care system by hiding
behind her favorite characters in literature, even adopting their very
words. Her fictional friends give her an identity, albeit a borrowed
one. But most importantly, they protect her from revealing her true self
and encountering more pain.
After college, Samantha receives an
extraordinary opportunity. The anonymous “Mr. Knightley” offers her a
full scholarship to earn her graduate degree at the prestigious Medill
School of Journalism. The sole condition is that Sam write to Mr.
Knightley regularly to keep him apprised of her progress.
Sam’s true identity begins to reveal itself through her letters, her
heart begins to soften to those around her—a damaged teenager and fellow
inhabitant of Grace House, her classmates at Medill, and, most
powerfully, successful novelist Alex Powell. But just as Sam finally
begins to trust, she learns that Alex has secrets of his own—secrets
that, for better or for worse, make it impossible for Sam to hide behind
either her characters or her letters.
Review: A wonderful contemporary story with an entertaining heroine. Katherine
Reay's debut novel Dear Mr. Knightley is a stunning story that takes
readers through the struggles of Samantha Moore, a young woman
struggling to find her place in the world. I enjoyed Dear Mr. Knightley
very much and I found that it was a story filled with lessons on growing
up, friendship, love, and family. At first, I wasn't sure if I was
going to enjoy it because it was told entirely through letters. As time
went on, I found myself so immersed into the story that the format no
longer bothered me. I started to really enjoyed it. I would highly
recommend this story to those who enjoy Dickens, Austen, and Bronte.
Rating: 4/5 DIAMONDS