It's raw and intimate
It's poignant and redemptive
It even has a bit of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants feel. While the sisters of the sisterhood must shed the magic of a pair of pants in order to step into their real uniqueness, Samantha Moore must shed her protective obsession with Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare in order to bloom into the real Sam.
If you've ever called yourself a bibliophile, bookworm, or LitPrincess--you haven't met your match until you've met Samantha Moore.
If you love period films and stories, you'll love Reay's romantic debut where "Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others--namely, her favorite characters literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story--by giving that story to a complete stranger."
Life for twenty-three-year-old orphan Sam gets stranger than fiction when an anonymous benefactor underwrites her full ride through Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. No strings attached--except for one thing. She must write frequent letters to the donor detailing her progress. As her writing to Mr. Knightley grows increasingly real and confessional, Sam mines the depths of her dark past while struggling to be the real Sam with her friends and the eligible novelist Alex Powell she runs into in the halls of NU. As she delves deeper into the pages of her real life, can Sam step out of the pages of her novels without their protective personas to hide behind? Can she step out as Samantha Moore?
FAITH THEME: The fatherless find a home in Christ. Orphans find hope, love, and forgiveness when they can release the ugly past long enough to grasp a future in Christ.
I read this book in one sitting. That is very unusual for me. Reay does an outstanding job of bearing Sam's soul and her struggle. I laughed. I cried. I smiled, and I rooted for Alex Powell to survive beyond the Austen-esque tragic love lost vs. love found. I rooted for him to stand up strong when it looked like it was all slipping away. And I celebrated as Samantha Moore finds her real role on the stage of her life.
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.
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