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Dear Mr. Knightley

Katherine Reay
Dear Mr. Knightley
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Dear Mr. Knightley

Katherine Reay

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Dear Mr. Knightley is a contemporary epistolary novel with a delightful dash of Jane Austen.

Samantha Moore survived years of darkness in the foster care system by hiding behind her favorite characters in literature, even adopting their very words. Her fictional friends give her an identity, albeit a borrowed one. But most importantly, they protect her from revealing her true self and encountering more pain.

After college, Samantha receives an extraordinary opportunity. The anonymous ?Mr. Knightley? offers her a full scholarship to earn her graduate degree at the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. The sole condition is that Sam write to Mr. Knightley regularly to keep him apprised of her progress.

As Sam's true identity begins to reveal itself through her letters, her heart begins to soften to those around her?a damaged teenager and fellow inhabitant of Grace House, her classmates at Medill, and, most powerfully, successful novelist Alex Powell. But just as Sam finally begins to trust, she learns that Alex has secrets of his own?secrets that, for better or for worse, make it impossible for Sam to hide behind either her characters or her letters.



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About "Dear Mr. Knightley"

Dear Mr. Knightley is a contemporary epistolary novel with a delightful dash of Jane Austen.

Samantha Moore survived years of darkness in the foster care system by hiding behind her favorite characters in literature, even adopting their very words. Her fictional friends give her an identity, albeit a borrowed one. But most importantly, they protect her from revealing her true self and encountering more pain.

After college, Samantha receives an extraordinary opportunity. The anonymous ?Mr. Knightley? offers her a full scholarship to earn her graduate degree at the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. The sole condition is that Sam write to Mr. Knightley regularly to keep him apprised of her progress.

As Sam's true identity begins to reveal itself through her letters, her heart begins to soften to those around her?a damaged teenager and fellow inhabitant of Grace House, her classmates at Medill, and, most powerfully, successful novelist Alex Powell. But just as Sam finally begins to trust, she learns that Alex has secrets of his own?secrets that, for better or for worse, make it impossible for Sam to hide behind either her characters or her letters.


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Meet the Author

Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Her works have been published in "Focus on the Family" and the "Upper Room". Katherine currently lives with her husband and three children in Seattle. "Dear Mr. Knightley" is her first novel.

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a must read
5 stars By marija, Jan 01 2018
This book is absolutely brilliant. I started reading it, thinking I'll sneak in a chapter before making dinner - and two hours later there was no dinner, but I had finished the book! Then I promptly went back to the start to read it all again at a more leisurely pace. Yep, it's that good! Despite the title, the book is actually a modern retelling of another classic - Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. But there are plenty of references to Austen and countless other authors. This is definitely a book for book lovers. Highly recommended!
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Brilliant! I loved it!
5 stars By Sally, Apr 20 2017
I loved, loved, loved this book. I started it yesterday and frustratingly had to go to bed last night with it unfinished. I couldn't stop thinking about it and kept writing the ending in my half asleep mind. There was so much to love about this book: the Austen quotes, the hope, the love. It definitely lived up to the hype!
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Lots of love for this story
5 stars By Rel Mollet, Relz Reviewz, Jul 07 2016
Sometimes you are given a gift that everyone assures you will be delightful but you aren't entirely sure the contents will be too your liking. The wrapping is appealing and the shape looks intriguing but you are still uncertain. You open it up and you are surprised by its unique richness and you wonder why you ever doubted!  That was Katherine Reay's debut novel for me. I loved the premise, the cover was beautifully fanciful but a book composed entirely of letters? To write such an epistolary novel and pull it off successfully is hard - and a debut novelist? I admit to a little skepticism but I'm thrilled to say Katherine pulled it off beautifully, and then some!

Dear Mr. Knightley captivated me, heart and soul, from beginning to end. The characters are beguiling to a fault ~ Sam's awkwardness, Kyle's brokeness, Mrs Muir's gentleness, Alex's charm, the Professor's protectiveness ~ each quickly wove their way into my heart. Katherine is a master of emotive prose, easily evoking my empathy, anger, passion, and eventually tears as Sam discovers that she is precious and worthy of love. There is a cleverness to Katherine's writing that is deeply refreshing  ~ wry humour, romantic tenderness, and heart shattering honesty pour from these pages, as do wonderful quotes from the classics that readers will delight in discovering. Simply put, I adored this story.
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Highly Enjoyable Romance
5 stars By beachgirl80, Aug 24 2014
I cannot recommend this story highly enough.  I purchased it as I am a big fan of Jane Austen's books and it sounded intriguing.  This story does not disappoint either. From start to finish I was hooked and didn't put the book down till I had finished reading it at 5am (I was just going to read a couple of chapters before I went to sleep).  For someone who would rather live in her books than the real world, also raised a few challenges as I drew comparisons  between me and the heroine, but will definitely be reading more books by Katherine Reay.
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Contemporary retelling of an old favourite
4 stars By Iola, Nov 19 2013
Samantha is a damaged character, but as the story progresses she begins to find herself in her studies and her letters to Mr Knightley, and she begins to reach out to others and explore the possibilities of relationships with real people, not just characters in books. It's a difficult but uplifting journey. I also enjoyed reading about Sam's journey to faith (which is understated but present, as this is a Christian novel). 

Dear Mr Knightley is a contemporary retelling of another classic romance novel. I have read the 'original', and in a way this enhanced the story, but it did mean I knew the identity of the mysterious benefactor from early on, and the ending wasn't the surprise it was when I read the original (in fact, it felt a little contrived).

I enjoyed the writing and characterisation, and would like to see more from this author-ideally an original story next time.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review
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  • Catalogue Code 378980
  • Product Code 9781401689681
  • ISBN 140168968X
  • EAN 9781401689681
  • Pages 336
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Apr 2014
  • Sales Rank #64123
  • Dimensions 212 x 139 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.308kg

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