Monday, December 2, 2013

REVIEW: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay


I adored this book.   My children are always quoting movies they've read.  Samantha Moore is always quoting her favorite authors, Jane Austen most of all.  As a former foster child, she learned to hide in her books.  They became more alive than real living people to her.  In fact, when under stress or when uncomfortable, she often quoted the characters in her book rather than facing life and circumstances as Sam.

You can read about the book below.  Let me just say that I loved the interplay between characters, many of whom had their own ways of hiding.  The growth of character and trust between characters from beginning to end of book was believable and beautiful. 

Christian values and stability were strongly shown through the Muirs.  Other characters showed Christian principles in varying degrees.  Great characterization.

Really though, I enjoyed the interplay of quotes between Alex, Sam, and the Professor.  I also enjoyed reading a "Daddy Longlegs" style story that brought a happy ending with it.  It will surprise you!  I thought I had it all figured out.  Nope, Katherine Reay got me.  I look forward to reading Reay's next book.

Happy today!
Laura
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Book Info

About the book: Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others-namely her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story-by giving that story to a complete stranger.
Growing up orphaned and alone, Sam found her best friends in the works of Austen, Dickens, and the Brontë sisters. The problem is that she now relates to others more comfortably as Elizabeth Bennet and Jane Eyre than as herself.

Sometimes we lose ourselves in the things we care about most.
But life for this twenty-three-year-old is about to get stranger than fiction, when an anonymous benefactor (calling himself "Mr. Knightley") offers to put Sam through the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.

As Sam's program and peers force her to confront her past, she finds safety in her increasingly personal letters to Mr. Knightley. And when Sam meets eligible, best-selling novelist Alex Powell, those letters unfold a story of love and literature that feels as if it's pulled from her favorite books. But when secrets come to light, Sam is --- once again --- made painfully aware of how easily trust can be broken.

Reay's debut novel follows one young woman's journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/qDEkp

Meet 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.

Learn more about Katherine at: http://katherinereay.com/
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  
I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


5 comments:

  1. Dear Laura,
    Thank you for sharing with us about this book. It sounds delightful and like on e I could also share with our young friends.
    Thank you for faithfully writing such a really wonderful blog and encouraging so many others in the Lord!
    The Lord's rich blessings to you and your family :)

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  2. Hi Jacqueline,

    You're just too kind. Blogging is something I truly enjoy. I enjoy "meeting" other ladies like you who share my love for Jesus and for home.

    Blessings,
    Laura

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  3. Laura, Thank you so much. And thank you for letting me know about this review on Seriously Write. It means so much to know that Sam's story and all the characters delighted you. I loved them all!

    Thanks again! God bless, KBR

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  4. Mrs. Reay,

    Thank you for taking time to read my review and respond. I always enjoy hearing from authors.

    Your book was one of my favorites of 2013. Thank you for making it possible for me to review it.

    I look forward to reading your next novel.



    God bless you,

    Laura

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  5. Mrs. Reay,

    Thank you for taking time to read my review and respond. I always enjoy hearing from authors.

    Your book was one of my favorites of 2013. Thank you for making it possible for me to review it.

    I look forward to reading your next novel.



    God bless you,

    Laura

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