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Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel Paperback – November 12, 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.
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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 and am thrilled beyond measure that 2014 will bring me another dose of Katherine’s fabulous talent with Lizzy and Jane. Until then, I will comfort myself with additional readings of Dear Mr Knightley ~ yes, it is that good!
Jane Austen has inspired thousands of contemporary pieces of candied fiction - both literary and cinematic. New author Katherine Reay uses the popularity of Austen-esque inspiration and crafts her story into a magnificently unique novel. One of 2013's debut authors, already Katherine has established herself as a name to keep an eye on. In `Mr. Knightley,' readers are swept up on an emotional journey of hope, healing and finding home. I have to be honest, when I was ready to read the book, in my typical reading habitual, I'd paged through the novel and read the author note prior to seriously reading it, and my opinion wasn't were I wanted it to be. This can be traced back to one thing - the style in which the book is written. Aside from an epilogue, the story is told, not just in the first person but entirely through letters, and it was a context that made me read with trepidation. Nonetheless I went through with reading and oh my, what a treat Dear Mr. Knightly was. These are the best kind of novels.
Ripping up the "rules" for a usual contemporary novel, Reay reinvented the familiarity of the genre.Read more ›
Any epistolary-style format runs into difficulties, but especially a one-sided correspondence. A single character has a great deal of weight to carry or the book becomes flat.
The characters never rang true for me. The heroine is a 24-year-old graduate student who had a horrific childhood and lived on the streets for a time. And yet, she is extremely naive and immature.
The hero doesn't seem like a man found in real life, but rather a construction devised by a woman. He is very sensitive, buys thoughtful gifts, and shares the heroine's knowledge of Jane Austen. He is even capable of quoting long passages of "Pride & Prejudice."
I share their love of Austen, but have never been able to get my husband to so much as look inside the cover of "P&P." "No car chases" he always says with a grin.
"Dear Mr. K." Tries to be many kinds of books in one: YA, Austen homage, contemporary Christian. As a result, it doesn't have a clear goal, and the constant shifting left me wishing to wander off and find another book to read.
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Loved the story line and the letter format. The constant references to "the classic" left me wanting to read and re-read all of them. It kept my interest from beginning to end. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mayte
I was so pleasantly surprised by this novel. I am married with children but still felt connected to the characters, though I think had I read this in my single 20's I would have... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jamie P
Reay's other two novels I would recommend before this one. It was very difficult to get into the plot.Published 2 days ago by (ab)
Perfect beach book! Interesting twist at the end, one I did not expect. Creative way to tell the story; I want to know what happens next!Published 9 days ago by Mary M. Hoar
Couldn't put it down. Learning to put others before ourselves is difficult. This book may not be for everyone, but personally, I relate to it in many ways. Loved every page!Published 24 days ago by FamilyFun
Just a few pages in and I was hooked! Had so much trouble putting it down. What creative writing this was. Have never read a book like this before and I loved it. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Books4me