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I’m excited for today’s book review:
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.
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.
Growing up orphaned and alone, Sam found her best friends in the works of Austen, Dickens, and the Brontë sisters. The problem is that she now relates to others more comfortably as Elizabeth Bennet and Jane Eyre than as herself.
Sometimes we lose ourselves in the things we care about most.
But life for this twenty-three-year-old is about to get stranger than fiction, when an anonymous benefactor (calling himself “Mr. Knightley”) offers to put Sam through the 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 program and peers force her to confront her past, she finds safety in her increasingly personal letters to Mr. Knightley. And when Sam meets eligible, best-selling novelist Alex Powell, those letters unfold a story of love and literature that feels as if it’s pulled from her favorite books. But when secrets come to light, Sam is – once again – made painfully aware of how easily trust can be broken.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 5, 2013)
List Price: $15.99
The minute I heard this book was coming out, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy!
I love everything Jane Austen and “Dear Mr. Knightley” is the perfect cure for my Austen-obsession.
This story is so unique and wonderful and cute!
I absolutely loved main character Samantha…her sad childhood and her love for books and her determination to rise above her situation and make something out of her life (even though she’s shy, insecure etc.) was soooo inspiring!
I loved that the story was written in letter style and the progression and growth Samantha went through as the story went on.
This is a great story of hope, unexpected friendship, and love.
Fans of Jane Austen- don’t miss it!!!!
*****5/5 STARS HIGHLY RECOMMEND*****
One winner will receive:
A Kindle Fire HDX
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
Handmade Austen-themed scarf, mug, bracelet, and necklace
Enter today by clicking the link above or participating in the Pinterest contest—or BOTH!
But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 3rd.
Winner will be announced at the “Dear Mr. Knightley” Austen-themed Facebook Author Chat Party on the 3rd.
Join Katherine (and Austen fans) for an evening of book chat, prizes, and an exclusive look at Katherine’s next book.
So grab your copy of Dear Mr. Knightley and join Katherine on the evening of December 3rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)