Monday, November 18, 2013

Litfuse Review: Dear Mr. Knightley by:Katherine Reay

 Dear Mr. Knightley
About the Book:
Dear Mr. Knightley is a contemporary epistolary novel with a delightful dash of Jane Austen.

Samantha 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.

As 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.

About the Author:
Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Her works have been published in Focus on the Family and the Upper Room. Katherine currently lives with her husband and three children in Seattle. Dear Mr. Knightley is her first novel.

My Review:
 Samantha Moore is given an amazing opportunity, to go to a journalism college and what does she do. Turn it down, to find work. But this is her dream and Father John knows it. Soon Father John has Sam writing back to the man who offered it, asking for forgiveness, to accept her again. All in which the nice man does, but he has one requirement. Sam has to write him while waiting for acceptance and during her schooling, even though he doesn't write her back.

 Sam soon confides in Mr. Knightley, the man that gave her this amazing opportunity. He becomes her own little journal, he knows her many ups and downs, and is with her through thick and thin. Even though she can't see him, she knows he there for her. But life at this college isn't all it cracked up to be, well for Sam anyway, she has a few problems fitting in. Before she knows it she has many friends, and is doing great.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.