Dear Mr. Knightley

Katherine Reay

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. 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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has 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 in Focus on the Family and the Upper 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. Knightley is her first novel.

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