Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

A Novel

Book - 2013
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When an anonymous benefactor offers to put Samantha Moore through school, with the stipulation that she write frequent letters to him on her progress, Sam finds safety in the letters as her program and her peers force her to confront her past.
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2013]
ISBN: 9781401689681
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Dear Mr. Knightley


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May 13, 2018

Delightful novel written almost entirely in the form of letters. The diary-like letters are the sole condition for Samantha’s grant to attend a journalism program. We gradually learn of Sam’s painful past and watch as she grows, while helping others from Grace House, her orphan home. The unconditional love she finds with surrogate parents and other new friends is touching. There is a delicious contrast between Sam’s superficial boyfriend, Josh, and complicated thriller author, Alex, as they navigate their respective relationships. There are some beautiful turns of phrase. Describing a lobster: “A large sea creature was deposited in front of me, and I had no clue what to do with it.” The colour of her new apartment: “The way the pale yellow should look, like sunshine and butter, mixed with hope and cream.” Readers of Christian fiction will also appreciate the subtle way that faith enters.

Apr 17, 2017

This was a disappointing read. It felt like juvenile fiction, with a Christian subtext thrown in from the author's personal beliefs that didn't really fit anywhere in the plot. I thought this would be an intellectual, deep story, but it was immature fluff with no substance. The author clearly had no experience of street life and her "gritty" character considers taking public transit to be tough and risky. It was cringe-worthy at times.

Jan 03, 2017

What a pleasurable read. Very well written and so much intrigue, hard to put down. I felt friends with the characters!

Jul 07, 2016

Well written, not too predictable, compelling

Laura_X Mar 01, 2015

A modern re-telling of Jean Webster's "Daddy Long Legs". About a girl who hides behind literature (especially Jane Austen) to protect herself from reality, and tries to break out from behind it. It was a fairly entertaining story, and some of the characters were quite charming. I do wish there were more references to "other" 19th century novels... it is very heavy on the "big 3" by Jane Austen. Certainly reading Austen (or at the least seeing the movies) would be an asset to reading this novel.

hania4987 Aug 30, 2014

"My new favorite title is How Jane Austen Ruined My Life. I don't have the courage to read it, though. I'm afraid to discover she's ruined mine as well.”
― Katherine Reay, Dear Mr. Knightley


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