Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dear Mr. Knightly: A Review

This is the debut novel by Katherine Reay.  If you loved Jane Austin novels you will thoroughly enjoy this read. The main character is Samantha Moore.  She is a young woman who spent the majority of her childhood in the foster care system.  The coping mechanism that Samantha uses is to quote her favorite characters from the classics or imitate their attitudes/ actions.  She is so detached from other people she has a very hard time relating to others. Ms. Moore is given a scholarship to get her degree in journalism from an anonymous benefactor.  The only condition is that she write letters to this mysterious Mr. Knightly keeping him updated on her progress.  The first part of this book is mainly letters to Mr. Knightly.  We get to see the main character through her letters.  The book then progresses into Samantha's story.  She is so lovable & flawed at the same time.

My only criticism of this book is the lack of God.  The main character is not seeking God at the start of this book & not much changes by the end.  I hope in her next book Ms. Reay gives her character the chance to have a life-changing relationship with God.  I will be looking for this author's work in the future.  A sweet & original love-story.  Curl up with a warm drink & enjoy!  You can find this book here

I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.