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10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Where do I start with this book? It was beautiful. I loved every

Where do I start with this book? It was beautiful. I loved every page and I only wish there was more of it. This is the kind of book that I love reading. It is a book of self discovery, friendship, and true love. I loved the characters. All of them. Sam is an intriguing...
Where do I start with this book? It was beautiful. I loved every page and I only wish there was more of it. This is the kind of book that I love reading. It is a book of self discovery, friendship, and true love. I loved the characters. All of them. Sam is an intriguing heroine that you can't help but adore.

This was an emotional read for me. I know it won't be for everyone. I just have a huge soft spot for foster kids and their unique trials. I did a lot of (not so) subtle eye swiping while reading.

This is a beautiful debut. If you are looking for a fresh new voice in literature, one that will make you laugh, cry, and leave you with a smile on your face, then give Dear Mr. Knightley a try.

Content: clean

posted by book4children on February 21, 2014

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Modern daddy long legs

This is a good book, although at times the narrative gets kind of stodgy and too convoluted. It is a pretty close copy of the book Daddy Long Legs. I knew that about halfway through the book. Not an original story, but I enjoyed it.

posted by Bijou1313 on January 13, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Modern daddy long legs

    This is a good book, although at times the narrative gets kind of stodgy and too convoluted. It is a pretty close copy of the book Daddy Long Legs. I knew that about halfway through the book. Not an original story, but I enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    I received a copy of DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY by Katherine Reay, from

    I received a copy of DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY by Katherine Reay, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. This book absolutely fascinated me. It is told in letterform from Samantha to her benefactor, who she calls Mr. Knightley. You don’t normally find letterform in novels, but I always eat them up when I do. I can relate to them well, since I’ve had pen pals around the world since I was eleven-years-old, and I’ve kept a diary since I was much younger than that. Many of the comments in the letters, such as “I forgot to mail this so I’ll write more” (not a direct quote, but it was very similar to that. I can’t find the correct page now) reminded me so much of those run-on letters to my friends.

    Samantha is a fascinating young woman who I’m sure many readers will be able to connect with. She loves literature – think Austen – and she’s driven toward college and her career. I found it cool that she would at times quote her favorite authors. While I don’t currently do that, it would be a fun pastime to strive for.

    I should add that the entire book does not consist of letters. You also get a glimpse of Sam’s happy ending as she arrives in New York. The book ended with a happy ending. I recommend this for anyone who loves the classics, and a feel-good novel for the holidays.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey noted that a novel is "some

    Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey noted that a novel is "some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.”

    This along with the pleasure so many have reading them has led her own books to inspire a range of volumes as well (and at least one movie, Clueless). A book referencing a character from Austen's Emma suggests this too is one of that character. Mixing in a bit of a Dickens touch, this tale is about an orphan who gets a chance to Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism via scholarship. In return, she has to write to her benefactor, who is going by, yes, Mr. Knightley. Shades of "The Education of Samantha Moore." It's a nice device though extensive epistolary novels (letters) do personally bore me after awhile. The importance here is the nature of the character and the interest held in their stories. Here, we see the development of Ms Moore's character, which as Austen fans know, is a key theme in her novels as well.

    Others note that this seems to be in the style of an old novel, but really -- lots of things are modeled on other things. We need to judge the book itself, not how it stands against some novel from when the Titanic went down (in real life!). On that level, it's a pretty good read. Judge for yourself.

    This book was obtained free from Book Sneeze in return for this review.

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