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Dear Mr. Knightley

Katherine Reay
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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 Tower

Samantha 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 Today

Includes Reading Group Guide

Plus Bonus Material: Q & A with Katherine Reay and Sam's Reading List



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About "Dear Mr. Knightley"

"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 Tower

Samantha 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 Today

Includes Reading Group Guide

Plus Bonus Material: Q & A with Katherine Reay and Sam's Reading List


- Publisher

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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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 393051
  • Product Code 9781401689698
  • ISBN 1401689698
  • EAN 9781401689698
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Nov 2013
  • Sales Rank #63465
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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