Dear Mr. Knightley
By Katherine Reay
How many of us hide away from life within the pages of a book? Well, in Samantha Moore's case life is literally passing her by as she tries to project the characteristics that she most admires from her favorite characters. Unfortunately, Austenisms just don't play well when one is trying to connect with those who don't take classic literature quite so seriously.
When Sam is offered a grant to pay her way through college, she has one obligation. She must write frequent letters to her mysterious and secretive benefactor - who goes by the name of George Knightley. But Sam is not to expect any response in return. This opportunity is more than Sam could have ever hoped for - a chance to reveal the hurts and fears buried deep within her soul - hurts that have separated her from what she most needs - love!
As new worlds open to her, Sam begins the slow path towards healing. But something could set her back if she lets down her guard. Is she willing to risk everything to claim her dream?
Sam Moore is someone I enjoyed getting to know and her taste in books is a fun mix of classics and classic rewrites. For me my book to get lost in for years was Lucy Maude Montgomery's Emily of New Moon trilogy and I freely admit that I projected the characters onto the people in my own life when I was at some low points. But unlike Sam I could discern the difference between my literary world and the real world.
This is a story of growth and triumph. It is a journey of discovery of one's true self. Austen fans are sure to love this book! Looking forward to see what Katherine Ream writes next as this book was an enchanting and thoughtfully written masterpiece dealing with the human soul.
I was provided a copy of this book by BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.