DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY
This is an intriguing story told through letters the heroine writes to her benefactor. It is enjoyable to watch her learn about life, gain maturity and, in the end, find love. A lesson readers will learn from this engaging novel is that it’s not so much where you come from, but where you’re going that matters.
When Samantha Moore turned down a grant to a prestigious journalism school, it took her a year to realize her mistake. Seeking to once again claim the grant and attend the school, she is happy to accept the stipulation that she regularly write to the director of the foundation that offered to pay her tuition. He will not reply to the letters; she may write as if in a journal. As her benefactor wishes to stay anonymous, she can address him as George Knightley. Doing so, Sam shares her thoughts, feelings and hopes with Mr. Knightley. She includes talk of her attraction to novelist Alex Powell, never imagining that she will one day meet Mr. Knightley in the flesh — or has she already done so and not even realized it? (THOMAS NELSON, Nov., 336 pp., $15.99)