Happy Monday Guys!
I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was busy trying to finish up homework before graduation, but I know it will be worth it in the end. Today I am going to be reviewing Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay. This is an Austen inspired book with the retelling of a book called Daddy Long Legs, that will play with your emotions, but in a good way.
The description was taken from the Goodreads website:
“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.”
Samantha Moore survived the worst time in her life by reading books and using the fictional characters from her stories to adapt her personality. When she starts receiving letters from a mysterious person, who goes by the name of Mr. Knightley, she is hesitant at first. She has trust issues, which in all honesty is understandable given the life she is living. While writing to Mr. Knightley, Sam starts to open herself up to the people around her, and even makes a couple of friends along the way. However when the true identity of Mr. Knightley is reveled, that trust that Samantha built up around her will start to crumble and she will start to wonder if she can ever trust anyone again.
This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster, it will make you laugh, cry, and just feel deep in your heart. I found a connection to Samantha because she is a book nerd who fell in love with the fictional characters that she reads about. I know when I find a really good book that draws me in, I start to have real feelings for the characters whether they are feelings of love or anger. I recommend this book to anyone who has fallen in love with a fictional character, and loves a good story where the main character goes on a journey to find herself.
Happy journey my friends!
Image taken from the Goodreads website.