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Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel Paperback – November 12, 2013
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'This delightful debut novel about how one young woman learns to become the person she was meant to be will resonate with fans of New Adult fiction and with readers who enjoy Jane Austen spin-offs.' --Library Journal Starred Review
'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.
About the Author
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 in not-for-profit development before returning to school to pursue her MTS. Katherine lives with her husband and three children in Seattle, WA. Dear Mr. Knightley was her first novel. Twitter: @Katherine_Reay Facebook: katherinereaybooks
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What happens to children who are denied a normal homelife from an early age－those who are abandoned… or who are treated so badly by their supposed guardians that they must be... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kevin Polman
I enjoyed the first 75% of the book. It was an engaging coming of age story. After that it beca me predictable.Published 14 days ago by barbara begg
I really enjoyed this book even though it was somewhat predictable. There was enough left to the imagination so the characters could fit the picture you created of them. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Alice'sThoughts
Very well written and just an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the twists in the story and the unique story telling devices used. Would love to read more by this author.Published 18 days ago by MS
Although it took me awhile to get into I loved the whole story. Sam had a real transformation in the book.Published 29 days ago by Amy Grable
The story tells of Samantha Moore, a lover of words and all things Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. She tends to answer as them, instead of herself, to her friends. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer