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Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel Paperback – November 12, 2013
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'This delightful debut novel about how one young woman learns to become the person she was meant to be will resonate with fans of New Adult fiction and with readers who enjoy Jane Austen spin-offs.' --Library Journal Starred Review
'Katherine Reay's Dear Mr. Knightley kept me up until 2:00 a.m.; I simply couldn't put it down.' --Eloisa James, New York Times best-selling author of Once Upon a Tower.
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 in not-for-profit development before returning to school to pursue her MTS. Katherine lives with her husband and three children in Seattle, WA. Dear Mr. Knightley was her first novel. Twitter: @Katherine_Reay Facebook: katherinereaybooks
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This is an interior, personal book, more about people's struggles within themselves and less about their interpersonal problems. Like any epistolary novel, you have to suspend some disbelief because most of us don't write letters that detail full conversations, but my credulity was never stretched beyond comfort.
Sam is a young woman who had been so badly hurt through her horrible experiences a child and young girl. After being shuffled around the foster system she loses herself in books as a way to cope with all of the rejection. When she was around 15 she met a priest who helps young kids to heal and tries to give them a chance in life. Sam pushes back and retreats to her books along the way and finds that she doesn't know how to relate to people. Over time people come into her life that help her to see how she acts and help her to trust a little more. She is given an opportunity to go to school through a grant but the only thing is her benefactor wants her to write to him about her experiences. It is in her letters to Mr Knightley that she truly pours out her heart and in her relationship with a wonderful man named Alex that she finds herself. This story is so much more than a love story, though that part was so wonderful. It was about friendship and family. It was about honesty, trust and hope.
I don't want to give too much more away but I truly can't recommend this book more. It is so moving and filled with emotion. I found myself identifying with Sam in many ways. It made me take a look at myself and realize the ways I push people away too. I am so grateful that I read this beautiful story.
I really enjoyed this book! It is one of my new favorites. I thought the characters were realistic and heart warming. And I love the letter-confessional style of the book. This book had moments where you wanted to cry for Sam, laugh at her quirky comments, and root for her at the end. It's a love story with layers. This book definitely one that will stay with me, I just loved it!
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