Fiction Friday: Dear Mr. Knightley

*On Fridays I will share what I’ve been reading, whether fiction or non-fiction. The books here can range from fiction of any genre, to personal development, to how-to, and anything and everything in between.

The Stats

Title: Dear Mr. Knightley
Author: Katherine Reay
Publisher/Year: Thomas Nelson 2013
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction


A young woman with a troubled past is given a chance to further herself with a grant to graduate school – all from a mysterious benefactor who stipulates that Samantha Moore must write him regular updates on her experiences. Resistant at first, she begins her one-sided correspondence with the man known only as Mr. Knightley by bemoaning Father John’s choice of Journalism over the English Literature course she would much prefer. Sam, over the course of her growing up years, has hidden behind such characters as Elizabeth Bennett and Jane Eyre to avoid the emotional baggage of bouncing from foster home to foster home. But the more she writes to the gentleman who never writes back, the more she comes to depend on the channel of emotional expression in her otherwise closed off life. Detailing the relationships she’s attempting to navigate, along with her experiences in her changing world, Sam soon learns that lovely as fictional characters are, it is nothing compared to being yourself.

This is Ms. Reay’s first novel. A humorous, moving, and thought-provoking read of a young woman trying to navigate her life in a world she never though she could be a part of – higher academia – while still in touch with those from her past that remind her that life is not easy, especially for those whose identity has been rooted in being left behind by their parents. Told in the form of one-sided letter correspondence, it’s an easy read, and one worth it.

Any reading plans for the weekend?

– Melinda

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