Well, I love finding new fiction books that I enjoy and I love finding new fiction authors that I enjoy. So I definitely appreciated this book, "Dear Mr. Knightley" by Katherine Reay.
Samantha Moore is an extreme introvert who is offered a college scholarship with one strange requirement - she must write regular updates on her school progress to the director of the scholarship. The letter-writing begins to feel like a journal to her, and she relates things to this mysterious "Mr. Knightley" that she could never tell anyone else.
The character of Samantha is probably either going to intrigue you or irritate you. At first she irritated me, but as the plot grew, I began to understand her. Samantha hides behind quotes of books. She is extremely introverted and doesn't know how to properly interact with people. In the beginning I felt like this was completely unrealistic but as I learned about her background of emotional turmoil and foster homes, I realized I don't have experience with anyone with that background, so I don't know what "typical" is for them.
Yes, there's a mushy, happy ending, so don't fret. Also, God's love is more embedded, I guess, in the book, rather than pointed out a lot. God is shown a lot in people's actions in this book. I liked it.
I would recommend this book to people, and particularly if you enjoy Jane Austen!
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.