Book Review: Dear Mr. Knightly

51vJOz5a6OL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Book: Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay
Size: 336 pages
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson (November 12, 2013)
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Summary: Samantha Moore, a 23 year old orphan receives a grant from an anonymous benefactor to attend college and study journalism.  The only catch is that she must write the benefactor, Mr. Knightly on a regular basis. Samantha shares her daily life – success and failures through the letters she sends Mr. Knightly.

It is a modern day adaption of the 1912 children’s classic Daddy Long Legs.

My Review

I was a bit skeptical when the book began, “Dear Mr. Knightly…”  and I realized the book was written as a series of letters. The story line pulled me in and I didn’t find it distracting at all. As someone who loves to read and write, I felt drawn to the main character.

While it is listed as a Christian book, all I noticed were a few references to prayer near the end.  I appreciated that it was a clean book I would be comfortable recommending to my mom.

Part of me really enjoyed the book while another part of me got irritated with the syrupy-ness of Sam’s personality. It was a fun read and left me contemplating if I am being the sincerest, truest version of myself.

What I liked

  • I had a hard time putting the book down, it was engaging and entertaining
  • A couple of time I thought I knew what was coming but I was wrong.  I like being surprised.
  • I listened to the Audible version and enjoyed just relaxing to an easy read.

What I didn’t like

  • Lots of references to Jane Austen.  Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of Pride and Prejudice.  If you are, you’ll probably love the references.  She did reference other books I love like The Count of Monte Cristo – which was fun.
  • At one point I felt like everything was working out just a little too perfectly.  The author must have thought so too, because she just a few paragraphs later reminded the readers of all that hadn’t worked out so perfectly in Sam’s life.  Good move on her part, but I wonder if she couldn’t have gone back and reworked it so the reader wouldn’t have even had those thoughts in the first place.

I would recommend this book to: This book would be a great beach read – fun and engaging.  I’d also recommend it to young adult women or Jane Austen fans – you’d love the references.  

Sum it up: A 20-something’s shedding the dragon skin she is hiding under and becoming the person she was meant to be.


  1. Incredible. What really makes me want to read this book was this phrase from you: “It [the book] left me contemplating if I am being the sincerest, truest version of myself.” I want to be the sincerest, truest version of myself, both on the page and in life. And if I can’t do that, I want to write a book that makes others want to be the sincerest… Haha! You get it, I’m sure. But, there’s also this part of me that wants to scare people in the process. 🙂

    • Love it! And knowing and pursuing that – the desire to weave together helping others be better with the desire to scare the pants off them is the truest version of you, I suspect. I love that about you. 🙂

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