I was surprised to learn this was a debut novel. The Characters are fleshed out nicely and the plot is strong. I really enjoyed how the story opened with correspondence through letters. It allowed me to fall into the characters and feel of the times. I also like how it isn’t a re-telling, but embodies Mr. Knightley’s character in subtle ways.
Samantha is far from flawless, which is what makes her easy to relate to. I sank into my easy chair and lived through her while reading this book.
Katherine Reay is a stunning debut novelist, writing with emotive prose, strong imagery, and unique structure. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that it ended. A must read for Austen fans.
Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
First Lines: Dear Sir, It has been a year since I turned down your offer. Father John warned me at the time that I was making a terrible mistake, but I wouldn’t listen.
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