Dear Mr. Knightley

By Katherine Reay
(Thomas Nelson, Paperback, 9781401689681, 336pp.)

Publication Date: November 2013

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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.




About the Author
Katherine Reayhas enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries, and her favorite authors also include C. S. Lewis, Madeline L Engle, Charles Dickens, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Piper, Timothy Keller, and the Bronte sisters. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, Katherine worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Katherine is an avid runner and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Her works have been published inFocus on the Familyand theUpper Room. After living all over the world (including London), she currently lives with her husband and three children (with a great sense of permanency) in Seattle.Dear Mr. Knightleyis her first novel.
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