This is a story about a girl who has been in foster care most of her life. She has spent much of that time reading. Her favorite books are Jane Austen books and she frequently quotes from these pages when she is nervous or upset.
She is given the opportunity to go to a prestigious journalism school by a benefactor connected to her orphanage. The one catch is that she must regularly and often write to this benefactor called Mr. Knightly. She becomes quite open in her letters and struggles to find herself and come out from behind her beloved books.
This is a wonderful book that is not only clean but encourages high moral standards.
Here are some quotes from the book:
I’ve been so scared to mess up that I do it daily.
We’re constantly told that we’re the best at Medill and that the top tier is where “the best” work. But I’m not part of that elite. I’m the girl hanging by my fingernails off the back ledge.
Changing, being real and becoming who you want to be, is hard work. Right now, I’d love a good chat with Jane Eyre. She never lost herself. Not once.
I think more was said than what he actually said. But it’s like smoke; I can’t catch it.
That’s who I want to be— a friend who sticks—
How can I not believe that there is a God who exists and loves, when the people before me are infused with that love and pour it out daily?
I think when you’re fighting for your life, kindness becomes a luxury you can’t afford. Seeing it in Kyle lets me know he feels safe.
I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun .
I highly recommend Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay. I think you will be glad you read it.
I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for her summer reading guide. I feel you like to read, you will love her site!
Have a great day!