Thank you for your patience while I read your sample chapters. I enjoyed reading them, but I'm sorry to say that I will have to pass as I represent a manuscript that is too similar in theme. Had this not been a conflict, I would have most likely requested a full. Perhaps it will work out with another agent.
I wish you success in all of your publishing endeavors, and I thank you for querying me.
Tears of frustration over this one.
Of course, a "would have most likely requested a full" is not the same is "I would have offered representation." But we'll never know. And now, of course, I know she's shopping something else that is "similar in theme" enough that mine would compete!