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.
A really fun story told through a series of letters. After a while you begin to feel as if you’re reading letters from a dear friend. Through the letters you see Sam Moore grow and change. You see her fears, hopes and dreams. It’s refreshing and new. After reading this story you would not have known that this was Mrs. Reay’s first novel. It was well written and captures your imagination from the start.
I have to say that I think Samantha Moore intrigued me because is many ways I am like her. Not her past but in the way she has dealt with her past. Sam has a tendency to hide in her favorite books by quoting them and acting like the characters, I also have a tendency to want to hide in my books but not by quoting them but by immersing myself into their stories. Through this book I found that I understood Sam. I understand her desire to hide “Sam” and channel “Jane” or even “Emma”.
You get the opportunity to see the changes that Sam, goes through via the anonymity of the person she writes to only known to her as Mr. George Knightley. The great thing about her letters to him is that Mr. Knightley does not write back. Because of this Sam finds herself being free to write to him about everything that happens in her life. Doing this brings much healing to Sam as she reflects on her past and what brought her to the place that she is at now.
I really enjoyed this story and am anxiously awaiting a new book from Mrs. Reay.
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