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Dear Mr. Knightley : A Novel

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"Katherine Reay's Dear Mr. Knightley kept me up until 2:00 a.m.; I simply couldn't put it down." -Eloisa James, New York Times best-selling author of Once Upon a TowerSamantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others-namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story-by giving that story to a complete stranger.Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University's prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.As Sam's dark memory mingles with that of eligible novelist Alex Powell, her letters to Mr. Knightley become increasingly confessional. While Alex draws Sam into a world of warmth and literature that feels like it's straight out of a book, old secrets are drawn to light. And as Sam learns to love and trust Alex and herself, she learns once again how quickly trust can be broken.Reminding us all that our own true character is not meant to be hidden, Reay's debut novel follows one young woman's journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become."Dear Mr. Knightley is a stunning debut-a pure gem with humor and heart." -Serena Chase, USA TodayIncludes Reading Group GuidePlus Bonus Material: Q & A with Katherine Reay and Sam's Reading Listshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 212 x 26mm | 320g
  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Rutledge Hill Press,U.S.
  • Nashville, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 140168968X
  • 9781401689681
  • 180,956

About Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries-who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her on line at katherinereay.com Facebook: katherinereaybooks Twitter: @Katherine_Reayshow more

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8,576 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (3,073)
3 20% (1,682)
2 6% (517)
1 3% (273)

Our customer reviews

This is one of those books that I thought I wouldn't like until about one third of the way through it. In fact, for that first bit of the story, I made virtually no connections with any of the characters. I appreciated the literary references, but I was indifferent to the heroine who was narrating the story. At some point (when Alex entered the picture), I began to have minimal interest in the story. And as the story began to build, I began to suspect the turn the story would take. And I was right (I love it when I'm right!). And suddenly, Sam was a three-dimensional character. She discovered who she was, and I connected with her. I only have a passing complaint, and it is only because this is classified as a Christian book. There is one word included that is not necessarily bad, but it should not ever be in a Christian book (unless it refers to a donkey). And I wish that the gospel message had truly been emphasized. It would have made this book positively ideal. The writing of this book is indeed clever, and I believe that those who have a fondness for literary classics will revel in the book once the introductory portion of the book is over. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill
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