I have a new book to share with you from a new author called Dear Mr. Knightley written by Katherine Reay.
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.
Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.
But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s 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 dark memory mingles with that of eligible novelist Alex Powell, her letters to Mr. Knightley become increasingly confessional. While Alex draws Sam into a world of warmth and literature that feels like it’s straight out of a book, old secrets are drawn to light. And as Sam learns to love and trust Alex and herself, she learns once again how quickly trust can be broken.
Reminding us all that our own true character is not meant to be hidden, 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.Sam was very lucky that a benefactor decided to offer to send her to the school to learn to be a journalist and all he wanted in return was for her to write him letters. Throughout her journey while going to school she meets several people who will shape her future.
The Muirs are one of them and they think of Sam as the daughter that they never had. She is touched when they ask if they can adopt her, which at her age is a little strange, but hey, if you need family, then I don't guess it matters when it comes into your life.
Now, Alex has a secret that he is keeping from Sam and as their friendship grows and they bare their souls to each other, will he tell her the truth? And just who is Mr. Knightley, the man who sent her to school and started this wonderful adventure for her?
You will love this book! It's a truly heartwarming story with a awesome ending that will have you cheering from your chair or sofa. It's a must read book!