Dear Mr. Knightly *****
by Katherine Reay
Overview: Young Samantha is trying to rise above her broken past and finally enter into a normal life. An anonymous benefactor grants her a scholarship for graduate school to study journalism. The only catch is, she must write him letters about her experiences while in the two-year program. Dear Mr. Knightly is comprised of one-way to letters to this "Mr. Knightly."
Themes: foster care, redemption, friendship, love, classical literature
Posititve elements: This book is very well-written and creative! It's fiction, and yet it is very believable. You truly enter into her story as you read her letters.
Negative elements: none
Conclusion: I don't normally read Christian fiction, especially love stories. In my experience, they tend to be poorly written, predictive, and silly. This story was none of those things. The book is also full of quotes from the classics including Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Emma, etc. It was the perfect book to relax and read on a cold afternoon or evening. I highly recommend it!