Monday, November 25, 2013

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay - REVIEWED

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 BrontĂ« 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.
My Thoughts:
Changing, being real and becoming who you want to be is hard work.”  (p. 200)

Truer words were never spoken, dear reader!  And when you read Samantha Moore’s journey of becoming who she wants to be – who indeed God intended her to become – your heart will be touched very deeply.  You will begin to consider that fact that many people with whom you interact have worn or are still wearing a mask of protection around their hearts and lives.  Trust has been shattered, betrayal has robbed them of peace and wholeness, and they are struggling to find their way.

It isn’t until Samantha uncovers her past and becomes real to other that her own personal transformation begins.  Hers is not, sadly, and unusual story.  It is a heartbreaking and painful story. However, God’s mercy and grace are showered upon her through an anonymous benefactor, and she is given the opportunity to reach inside her heart and mind and discover her gift.  The words she has hid behind for so long become the very tool that is used to open the door of transformation in her life.
Sam learns that trust is still something fragile and something to be handled with care.  She learns that her trust in others can still be shattered.  But she also learns her own worth and strength and she continues to grow despite the temptation to once again hide behind the stories that sheltered her for so long.  This is a tender, honest story that will have a great impact on the hearts and lives of others.  What a FABULOUS debut!!  I anticipate great things from Katherine Reay!

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 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.
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