Dear Mr. Knightley

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

Publication Date: November 2013

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Description

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 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. Katherine s first novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist and winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut as well as Carol Awards for both Best Debut and Best Contemporary. She is also the writer behindDear Mr. KnightleyandThe Bronte Plot all contemporary stories with a bit of classics" flair.Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, former marketer, avid chocolate consumer and, randomly, a 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.
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