Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dear Mr. Knightley Book Review

Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel by Katherine Reay was a book that was on my list to get through Litfuse Publicity Group.  I got an e-mail and decided that I would say yes even though I didn't know any information about the book or anything.  I was excited to see the package arrive on my door step and eager to start reading.  I picked it up and read it really quickly.  I think that I might have passed up a good night of sleep to continue to find out what was going on with the characters because I was on the edge of my seat (or bed in this case).  I think that you will find the same when you pick up this book and check it out.

This book was letters written from Samantha Moore, who is a 23 year old orphan, to a generous benefactor who is paying to put her through college at Northwestern University Journalism school.  She writes frequent letters to her anonymous donor about everything going on in her life.  She covers her feelings by quoting classic literature to people, most who miss the references but in her letters to Mr. Knightley, she is open and honest about everything.  The story progresses to have twists and turns for Sam who grows and learns to be more comfortable with herself by dealing with the issues in her past.  I hope that you pick up this book to find out how she grows and changes to become more secure with herself and a better journalist.

I didn't know what to expect from this book because it was just a compilation of letters.  How could you enjoy a book with only letters?  Sam has the ability to paint such a perfect picture other life through those letters that you barely remember that you are only reading letters and are not actually with her step by step through her life.  It is amazing how much she reveals about herself and learns from writing letters and articles for her classes.  This book should make everyone want to write a journal or become a pen pal just to expand their life a fraction of what Sam did in the book.  Through her writing, she changed her whole life and I hope that you check this book out at your local library or bookstore soon!  It is a book that is hard to put down and then sad when you get to the end because there isn't anymore left.  I hope for another in the series to find out what happens next to the great characters the author develops.  When you read it, please let me know what you think!!

* Please note that I was provided this book for my honest review through the publishing company and Litfuse Publicity Group.  All opinions here are my own and I have shared my review on Amazon and NOVA Frugal Family.

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