Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay | Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Party

Welcome to the campaign launch for debut author Katherine Reay. Dear Mr. Knightley is a clever read that will delight both Austen fans and contemporary women’s fiction fans.

Katherine is hosting a KINDLE HDX giveaway, a fun Favorite Austen Moments Pinterest contest, and an Austen-themed Facebook Party.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
  • Handmade Austen-themed scarf, mug, bracelet, and necklace

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Enter today by clicking one of the icons below 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!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST. Hope to see you on the 3rd!

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{More about Dear Mr. Knightley}

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.

Purchase a copy here.

Learn more at Katherine’s website.

Katherine Reay

{More About Katherine Reay}

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.

Find out more about Katherine at http://www.katherinereay.com.
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“Dear Mr. Knightley is a stunning debut—a pure gem with humor and heart.” —Serena Chase, USA Today

Reviews

  • BOOK REVIEW – DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY

    Katherine Reay does a magnificent job of bringing her readers a complex, but enchanting story that pulls the readers into the heart of the action and tugs on their heart strings as well. Reay’s characters are so warm and personable that you feel that you’ve known them for ages. And the sweet romance that weaves through the story is so uplifting, even when it’s frustrating for the characters. Readers will root for a happy ending, and they won’t be disappointed.

    I highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys a excellent contemporary women’s fiction with a bit of romance, a dash of mystery, and a great deal of fun involved.

    Written by Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews on December 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.garden-of-books.com/2013/12/book-review-dear-mr-knightley-by.html

  • AN UNEXPECTED TREAT!

    Dear Mr Knightly is one of those books. I have to be honest – I hated it! for about the first 40 pages. I am so glad I persevered and got past the first few chapters. It’s easily one of my TOP 3 books of 2014!

    When I read the description of the book I thought…. here is a book with a heroine somewhat like myself. The description alludes to dark secrets – but it doesn’t really say what the story is all about and I had no idea what I was going to be reading. There is a depth to this book that was completely unexpected – yes, I thought I was getting an interesting romance with a little meat but instead I got a full fledged novel that made me connect emotionally with Sam, Alex, the Ridley’s, the Muirs, Kyle and Ashley. Read more @ http://bit.ly/1btxsV2

    Written by GivingNSharing on December 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/tiinaj1

  • A WRITER’S REVIEW OF “DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY” BY KATHERINE REAY

    I wasn’t so sure about Dear Mr. Knightley at first because it was written in such a different way–almost entirely through letters written to an unknown beneficiary who wanted to be referred to as Mr. Knightley.

    It took my reading through about a dozen of the letters to get into the groove. I think because the book was “technically” written from first person with such an open and honest voice, it quickly had me hooked. Not that I’ve grown up with anything like the same issues as Samantha Moore had… I related to her more than I can remember ever relating to a character in any Contemporary Romance book I’ve ever read.

    I learned to love Samantha, was completely engrossed in her life and almost became desperate to find out who Mr. Knightley really was… and how exactly Alex Powell was involved–if he was at all. At one point in the book, I was actually crying happy tears because of what was all was happening in her life. I don’t usually cry because of books… so that was definitely something to note.

    Written by A Passion for Pages by Dawn Crandall on December 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://apassionforpages.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-writers-review-of-dear-mr-knightley.html

  • WONDERFUL DEBUT NOVEL!

    Throughout this novel I felt a challenge that Katherine gives. I would say this book inspires, but really it challenges you! It seems almost through the underlying of the letters Katherine is asking: “Will you be your own character? Will you choose to surrender even though it can hurt? Will you choose to trust even though your fearful?” I heard those questions and felt that challenge in such a convicting way. I’m that kind of girl like Sam (not quite so extreme though) who will hide her problems behind a book. I can give someone more insight to a character’s heart in a novel rather then my own because it feels easier that way. However Katherine answers and shows that no it’s not easier because our Creator wants to write our story that glorifies Him rather then hide behind fear.

    Written by Crafty Booksheeps on December 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://craftybooksheeps.blogspot.com/2013/11/book-review-dear-mr-knightley-by.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY | FAVORITE AUSTEN MOMENTS KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY, PINTEREST CONTEST AND FACEBOOK PARTY!

    This is a remarkable book. I loved reading this book because it was like reading a personal journal of Samantha’s journey to finding what she was supposed to do with her life. I think that anyone who is looking for their way in life would enjoy reading. This is also such a great story about friendships and their impact on our lives.
    It has a Jane Austin type of feel to it and many fans of Jane Austin also love this book. So if you want to get a Jane Austin fix without having to read her book/watch the movie again, then I suggest you give this book a chance.

    Written by Tidbits of Experience on December 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Dear-Mr-Knightley-Katherine-Reay-ebook/dp/B00C5QA78M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386635398&sr=8-1&keywords=Dear+Mr.+Knightley

  • BOOK REVIEW | DEAR MR. KNIGHTLY

    I can say that easily this book has been my all-time favorite read of the 2013 year. Whether it was how it dealt with a young woman raised in foster care and the emotional turmoil that that can bring or whether it was the constant references to classic movies and books, I don’t know, but this book holds emotional punch and true fun-spirited charm bundled up all in one. The writing was excellent, told through the view of written letters and I found a reason to laugh, quite a few reasons to cry, some moments that I held my breath in suspense…and lots of moments when I wanted to pump my fist as I recognized a familiar book or movie quote.

    I was sad to see this book come to an end, but I know that I will re-read this book many times in the years to come. I’ve already given it to my younger sister to read (it’s also become her favorite read of the year!) and to another friend.

    I give it a full 5 out of 5.

    Written by Nothing Less on December 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R9V5CQP282UID?ref_=pe_620760_65501210

  • I loved that many of the main characters were flawed. While they were good at heart, they had great weaknesses as well. Those were the things that ended up making them so interesting and real though. I feel like a lot of us are at least a little like Sam.

    Written by A Casual Reader’s Blog on December 8, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://ellsey.blogspot.com/2013/12/dear-mr-knightley-blog-tour.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLY

    I really loved this book– it’s clever Jane-isms and other literary references throughout caught my attention and the character development was wonderful as was the creative premise.
    The book is written in epistolary form (which I love) and without giving away too much of the plot, I’ll just say it had a You’ve Got Mail feel to it in a sense. But it wasn’t just light-hearted. The heroine, Sam, is on a journey of becoming herself as a woman and a writer and also figuring out how God fits into the picture as well. What I loved about this book is that her spiritual journey is very real and raw, and not something that can just be tied up nicely with a bow. Of course, there’s a love story in there, too. And isn’t the cover pretty, too? This is one I would read again for sure.

    Written by Nicole on December 7, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://gidgetgoeshome.com/2013/11/05/what-im-into-october-2013/

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY

    Book lovers and Jane Austen fans will love all of the references to classic works of literature. Sam is a walking encyclopedia! Readers will enjoy this book for it’s very honest look at Sam’s tough upbringing. Readers will be inspired by Sam’s ability to learn from her circumstances.

    Written by Lavish Bookshelf on December 7, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.lavishbookshelf.com/2013/12/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay.html

  • DEAR MR KNIGHTLY

    This was a wonderful debut novel. I’m looking forward to many more by Ms Reay.

    Written by sunny island breezes on December 7, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3155BUMB1VC6L/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=140168968X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • AUSTEN FANS REJOICE!

    This book was amazing! First of all it was written as letters so that made it very interesting to read. Samantha has been given a scholarship to attend graduate school but she must write to her benefactor who is anonymous and he will never write back. We learn about her past and see her open up and stop hiding behind fictional characters.

    If you are a fan of Austen and classical literature you will really enjoy all the literary references. But even if you aren’t you will love this book. Katherine is an awesome writer and pulls you right in. This is one of those rare books I know I will read again. Make sure to find yourself a copy to read.

    Written by The Crafty Home on December 6, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://thecraftyhome.net/2013/12/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay-review-and-blog-tour/

  • THINK “YOU’VE GOT MAIL” AUSTEN STYLE

    Think “You’ve Got Mail” Austen style. In comparison with the confused character Emma, Sam finds herself trying to figure everything out. At one point in the book, he warns her that “Everything will change. The decision is yours.” Leaving the ball in her court, Mr. Knightley is still ever the gentleman. This is a sweet, charming read that I’ve just got to share with my sister. She’ll love it and I think you will, too!

    Written by Savings in Seconds on December 5, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.savingsinseconds.com/?p=14156

  • A GOOD ROMANCE TO BESTOW ON A FAVOURITE FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

    We all have favourites in literature and Mr. Knightley happens to be the leading Austen male character I like best.
    I was intrigued by the title of Dear Mr. Knightley (more than the bromidic cover) and the format of the novel: letters written to a sponsor willing to give a chance to someone who most needed a friend!

    Katherine Reay’s first novel is impressive! Her plotline is faultless and I loved to discover the letters Sam is writing in which she reveals so much of herself.

    Written by Live and Dream a little dream on December 4, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3F81YMSS0T7BH/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=140168968X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • GOOD CONTEMPORARY, LITERARY-ISH FICTION

    The characters in this book were fabulous. I’m a sucker for good characters and loved them all. For the first several letters, I really identified with Sam, the main character. As she went on, I identified less because my childhood was fine; I’m just naturally socially inept :)

    Written by Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker on December 4, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.happylittlehomemaker.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightly-book-review/

  • REVIEW: DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    Katherine’s letter-writing approach is fresh, a form rarely seen in Christian fiction. Any initial reservations I might have had quickly disappeared as I began to get caught up in the action and fast-paced dialogue of Sam’s letters to Mr. Knightley. What at first seems to be a light, Austen-based romance surprisingly goes far deeper and turns out to be so much more.

    Written by The Power of Words on December 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3311LTVLVMD1W?ref_=pe_620760_65501210

  • FUN TWIST ON A CLASSIC

    This story is told through letters, from the perspective of a graduate of the foster care system who is trying hard to discover her place in the world. On the way she learns things about herself that she doesn’t like, and strives to make amends. Through her letters to Mr. Knightly she explores who she is, her dreams, what reality holds for her, her past. All while making abundant Jane Austen references. The book has a few twists along the way, moments of romance, and is a sweet read.

    Written by Cara Putman on December 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review?ie=UTF8&asin=B00C5QA78M&channel=reviews-product&nodeID=&ref_=cm_cr_pr_wr_but_top

  • UNEXPECTEDLY CHARMING

    When I realized that a large percent of the story would consist of letters written to an unknown Mr. Knightley by Samantha Moore, I was not sure I would enjoy it. It was definitely not my usual style preference. However, Samantha’s voice was so engaging that I found myself totally mesmerized by her story. I saw life through her eyes as she poured out her heart to Mr. Knightley, the only person with whom she felt safe. I loved reading along as Sam gradually and painfully began to emerge from a life buried within her favorite books and begin to interact with the people around her. I especially liked Alex, Kyle, and the Muirs. Little did I know when I began reading how involved I would get in Sam’s story and the surprises that lay just ahead.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on December 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R19EN27R8FLBV9/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • A INTRIGUING DEBUT!

    I enjoyed getting to know Sam as I read her letters which contained everything from everyday life to real, heart-wrenching events. I enjoyed watching her grow from hiding behind her favorite book characters to being open with the people she came in contact with. You may think that it would be awkward to read a book that is composed entirely by letters, it wasn’t that way for me, after the first few pages I had become so immersed in Sam’s story that the letters faded into the background as she poured her heart onto the paper.

    Written by Our Homeschooling Pilgrimage on December 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1T1WTVRY6YGSM?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_aya_bb_pdp

  • ONE OF MY FAVORITE HERIONES!

    This weekend I officially added Samantha Moore to my list of favorite book people.

    Sam’s favorite literary folks all come from Jane Austen stories. However, the best way I can share with you how much I loved this novel is to say that she reminded me of my favorite spunky, heart-breaking, turn-adversity-into-triumph leading ladies, like . . . Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables), Katherine Mary O’Fallon (Mrs. Mike), Antonia Shimerdas (My Antonia), Lucy Waring (Moonraker’s Bride), Novalee Nation (Where the Heart Is), and Anna (The Firebird). I even saw a touch of Beatrice Prior (Divergent) in her.

    Sam’s adventures and observations made me laugh and cry. And the ending of her story was totally satisfying!

    Written by Renee@Doorkeeper on December 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://reneeannsmith.com/a/dear-mr-knightley-loved-this-book/

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY

    This is a book so unlike any other book I’ve read. I’ve read the diary type books before, but this doesn’t even compare easily to those. I was hooked instantly, though, because of all the mentions of Jane Austen and the old never-gets-old authors like Dickens and many others.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on December 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Dear-Mr-Knightley-A-Novel/dp/140168968X/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1386095547&sr=8-1&keywords=Dear+Mr.+Knightley

  • FOR JANE AUSTEN LOVERS

    Anyone who enjoys Jane Austen will love this book. The ending was a surprise. The pertinent question through the entire story was, “Who is Mr. Knightley?” I had an idea who he was but I was not at all sure. This is a fascinating story done in an unusual way. It made me feel like I was part of the grad school experience again and I definitely enjoyed that. Also, in years past I lived in Chicago and it was fun to read about the restaurants – some I was familiar with, some I was not – and riding the “L” and the Metra. This is a great book for many reasons.

    Written by Manifest Blog on December 3, 2013 | e

  • DEAR MR KNIGHTLEY

    Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay was as delightful as I hoped it would be. Written almost entirely as a series of letters, I wasn’t sure if it would be easy to get into but it was. It really was. I love the influx of debut novelists lately, and this is one that I will be sure to watch for more from.

    Sweet, vulnerable, gripping, and sometimes heart-wrenching, Dear Mr. Knightley touched on almost everything that I love in a book. It had a character who showed growth throughout the novel, it showed her searching for something and then finding it, showed the different facets of relationships and levels of friendships. There was nothing that I didn’t like about this book. It was simply darling.

    Written by Clicking Her Heels on December 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://clickingherheels.blogspot.com/2013/12/dear-mr-knightley-by-katheringe-reay.html

  • “DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY” BY KATHERINE REAY

    Our heroine, Samantha Moore, grew up in the foster system. In order to protect herself through all the changes and challenges of such an upbringing, she retreated into the world of classic English literature and the words of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, etc. Although these helped nurture her young soul, everywhere she has gone she’s faced the same challenge: “Sam has failed to connect.” Failed to connect at different foster homes, at her first job, at life in general.

    Through Sam’s letters to Mr. Knightley, we see her put forth effort in her classes, face obstacles, and venture into friendships as well as the dating world. meets those who want to use her for their own end, as well as those who would love her. Austen fans will like this one.

    Written by ReviewsByErin on December 2, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2O6OU2C2HKKKR?ref_=pe_620760_65501210

  • JOIN ME FOR DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY!

    I think that ANY fans of Jane Austin will get into this book just as much as I have. Don’t get me wrong however it is NOT a period piece. It is a modern day, unique take involving Jane’s voice, or those of her characters, so to speak.

    I was expecting a completely different novel when just reading the title but I found to my delight that I was not at all disappointed with the story that was unearthed as I cracked that first page open.

    I know I will definitely be reading more of Katherine’s work if it is anything like this first undertaking

    Written by Book Reviews By Jenny on December 2, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Dear-Mr-Knightley/Katherine-Reay/9781401689681?id=5237259589554

  • REVIEW: DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    I adored this book. My children are always quoting movies they’ve read. Samantha Moore is always quoting her favorite authors, Jane Austen most of all. As a former foster child, she learned to hide in her books. They became more alive than real living people to her. In fact, when under stress or when uncomfortable, she often quoted the characters in her book rather than facing life and circumstances as Sam.

    Let me just say that I loved the interplay between characters, many of whom had their own ways of hiding. The growth of character and trust between characters from beginning to end of book was believable and beautiful.

    Christian values and stability were strongly shown through the Muirs. Other characters showed Christian principles in varying degrees. Great characterization.

    Really though, I enjoyed the interplay of quotes between Alex, Sam, and the Professor. I also enjoyed reading a “Daddy Longlegs” style story that brought a happy ending with it. It will surprise you! I thought I had it all figured out. Nope, Katherine Reay got me. I look forward to reading Reay’s next book.

    Written by Harvest Lane Cottage on December 2, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Dear-Mr-Knightley/Katherine-Reay/9781401689681?id=5774848462902#overview

  • A FANTASTIC DEBUT NOVEL

    I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this novel. As those who read my blog know, I am a big fan of reading debut novels and when I saw Dear Mr. Knightly I was drawn to it. I have not really read Jane Austen but know of her novels. I couldn’t put this novel down. Written in letter format, it’s unique and really stands out. I found myself completely submerged in this novel. Katherine Reay writes with authority on Jane Austen, the Foster Care System, writing, and Chicago. The characters are fantastic and real. I loved Sam and Alex. The relationships in this book are complex and real. I found myself laughing and crying throughout this novel. This novel really touched me and I am very thankful I had the opportunity to read it. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction and Jane Austen. I cannot wait to read more from Katherine Reay, she is on my fave author list!

    Written by For The Love of Books on December 2, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Dear-Mr-Knightley-Katherine-Reay/dp/140168968X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385995578&sr=1-1&keywords=dear+mr+knightley

  • ONCE I GOT ABOUT 100ISH PAGES INTO DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY I DID NOT WANT TO STOP READING!!

    I really had no idea what to expect from Dear Mr. Knightley going in. I’m kind of in the middle with Jane Austen related books/movies, but there was just something about this book that called to me and I was excited to read it!

    I’ve heard other reviewers describe Dear Mr. Knightley as unique and it most definitely was – pretty much the entire story consisted of letters Sam wrote to “Mr. Knightley”! While you might think that would get boring, it didn’t and once I got about 100ish pages into Dear Mr. Knightley I did not want to stop reading (though I had to a couple times)! The only thing I wished was that we would have gotten to see “Mr. Knightley’s” reaction to some of Sam’s letters. :)

    Written by Christian Bookshelf Reviews on December 1, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2KE7BZUTN3JF8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY & A KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY!!

    This book had an interesting way to be delivered, through a collection of letters. When I received the boo for review, I wasn’t sure what way the book would go, but as you read the letters it develops in a interesting and enjoyable way. It was a fast read for me and I think the book would be perfect for teens and younger people especially. I enjoyed seeing Sam go from feeling so lost and alone writing to her anonymous benefactor to feeling much more secure and in control. She grew to be a beautiful woman! This is a wonderful debut novel and I look forward to more from Katherine Reay!

    Written by The Minister’s Wife Stamps and Saves on December 1, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://theministerswifestampsandsaves.blogspot.com/2013/12/dear-mr-knightley-kindle-hdx-giveaway.html

  • A CHARMING, DELIGHTFUL, DEBUT FROM REAY!

    A charming, delightful, debut from Reay! I blazed through this novel in between Thanksgiving festivities. Even when I had to, I found it hard to put it down! I found Sam funny, lovable, and realistic. The three hundred some pages I spent with her were wonderful; my only complaint being that I wish the story went on longer. Nonetheless, Sam’s story is one that will stick with me for a while.

    Written by Writings of Rosie on December 1, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R35TY99IEMT43B/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • BOOK REVIEW: DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY

    So while I would not term Dear Mr. Knightley as the best Austenesque fiction, it was a light, pleasant read. The narrative takes a few twists and turns that I did not expect, and I appreciated Reay’s choice to keep the content clean. Her main characters were very appealing and multi-dimensional throughout the novel. And while the book might be categorized as Christian Fiction, it could easily be read by secular audiences as well. Lovers of fiction and classic authors in particular will also have many moments of amusement with the literary cameos. Katherine Reay has presented a pleasant debut novel, one that is certainly praiseworthy and hopefully just the beginning of this author’s fictional writing career.

    Written by The Calico Critic on November 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://calicocritic.blogspot.com/2013/11/book-review-dear-mr-knightley-by.html

  • FAVORITE AUSTEN MOMENTS KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY

    If your’e a fan of works by the beloved Jane Austen, I think you’ll love this little gem of a book. Written in letter form, it takes on an almost diary styled feel. With wit, and romance intertwined throughout the story it’s sure to please readers both young and old!

    The book is peppered with tid bits and memories of Austen characters, which I found enchanting. Plus, I’m in love with the beautiful cover!

    Written by Mrs. Southern Bride on November 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.mrssouthernbride.com/2013/11/favorite-austen-moments-kindle-hdx.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY

    It is so hard to try to collect my thoughts on this book. Mainly because I read the first third then we had a couple crazy weeks so I didn’t finish it till three weeks later but also because this book is unlike any other and it’s hard to explain!
    As I started to read I found myself enjoying the story but it wasn’t till Alex showed up that I began to love it. Alex was by far my absolute favorite part of the whole book! Every scene he was in made me love it a little more! All the other characters including Sam but Alex was my favorite. I loved watching Sam grow through everything and the relationships she was able to form. In the end I absolutely loved this completely unique book and I can’t wait to read the author’s next one!

    Written by Christian Novels on November 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://writingchristiannovels.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    This book has more than one them running throughout, but one I took away from my reading was that to find joy, risk to oneself is necessary, giving trust without knowing if the trust will be cherished or not. For ill or good, one must make oneself vulnerable and transparent and not hide behind one’s defenses that all people have for self-preservation. I don’t believe in the “finding yourself” theme that was also promoted in the story, which is why I gave a lower rating. I also found the quotes from the various British writers of classic stories obscure for many of today’s readers. While many people may have read some of these books, most have not read them enough to be able to quote from them or recognize when someone else is quoting from them; thus, readers miss out or don’t get the significance of the references. It was a good love story and there were some humorous lines that got me to laugh.

    Written by Seeking With All Yur Heart on November 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    Wow, wow, wow. DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY was a story I wasn’t sure what to think of at first. Samantha had a very rough childhood. The stuff of nightmares, and like Anne of Green Gables, she retreated into her books. She can’t seem to communicate without quoting lines from the old classics.

    Okay, it seems weird that most of the people Sam comes in contact with has also memorized all these lines and can tell you what book they came from. I mean, my guys can do that with movies. But I never heard women do it. And Sam was very rude sometimes, though I can understand where she’s coming from and why. I also thought that sometimes Alex was a big jerk as well. But then, they are flawed and human. Who among us isn’t? It made them more real.

    I did absolutely love her honesty in writing to Mr. Knightley

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on November 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: www.amazon.com

  • this novel to start off with i wasn’t totally sure of what to think about it honestly. it seemed sort of weird at first but as i kept reading i grew more and more engrossed with it.

    Written by the ramblings of miss aimymichelle on November 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://aimymichelle.blogspot.com/2013/11/about-book-samantha-moore-has-always.html

  • BLOG TOUR: DEAR MR. KNIGHTLY BY KATHERINE REAY

    Dear Mr. Knightley is a beautifully written book about one woman’s search for her true self. Samantha’s story is mostly told through her letters to a mysterious benefactor who goes by Mr. Knightley. This is such a perfect name for him since Sam is a Jane Austin fanatic…
    At first, Sam’s constant quoting of Austin books got a little annoying. But as I got to know Sam, I understood that it was her automatic defense mechanism. In addition to her quotes, she often tries to take on the persona of the characters in her beloved books to help get herself through a situation. I was really pulling for Sam throughout the whole book…
    This is a wonderful debut by Ms. Reay. I look forward to reading more from her in the future!

    Written by From the TBR Pile on November 29, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://fromthetbrpile.blogspot.com/2013/11/blog-tour-dear-mr-knightly-by-katherine.html

  • UNIQUE AND FUN

    What a unique debut! This book is all letters sent from Samantha to Mr. Knightley who is helping her with a grant to get through college. Her letters are her daily life in detail and about the people see interacts with. She shares all in her letters and has never met Mr. Knightley. Very Mr. Darcyish type book set in present day, this is a good book. The only thing I didn’t like is the fact that the letters didn’t seem real enough to me and it was all one sided. I understand and love the backstory that comes out in the end, but I would have like to see Mr. Knightley write back more often. The letter format is good but for the entire book it makes it difficult for me to read. In any case many people will love this book and I think it is good for a new author!

    Written by I Hope You Dance on November 29, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3UUBFO6151BVT/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY | KATHERINE REAY

    Dear Mr. Knightley is hands down one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. I’d give it 6 stars if I could.

    Written by Books and Beverages on November 28, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://booksandbeverages.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/dear-mr-knightley-katherine-reay/

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    This book is the best I’ve read all year, second only to The Great Gatsby. A book composed of diary-like letters is not my usual cup of tea, but once I started reading this, I could not put it down. I felt a connection to Sam–we read the same books, watch the same BBC period dramas, speak fluently in book and movie quotes, and obsess over the same favorite characters. Any book that frequently references Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Bronte has to be amazing, right? And so it is. It’s wonderfully written, with strong characters and a good story. I did guess the ending, but only because I read the author’s inspirations for the book before reading it. And even knowing the ending, I still loved it. I’m currently torn between wanting to relive it and wanting to force every one of my friends to read it so we can talk about how amazing it is.

    Written by Decked out in Ruffles on November 28, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://deckedoutinruffles.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-review-giveaway.html

  • BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: DEAR MR KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY

    This would be a great story for young co-eds to read, or older teens, as Sam’s journey (via the letters she writes) would serve as a example of seizing opportunities and becoming the person you are meant to become, whether you realize it or not! It’s an easy afternoon read, and perfect for reading by the fire in the afternoon! Warning- I think if you like Austen’s work, you’ll really like this book, if you’re so so on her books, then this book may give you the same emotion. Coeds might enjoy comparing it to the Austen classic it’s based on, and I can see a college course using it as a modern retelling and having students writing short papers on whether the modernatization is great or not.

    Written by bless their hearts mom on November 28, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Dear-Mr-Knightley/Katherine-Reay/9781401689681?id=5856434391350

  • LOVE THOSE LETTERS!

    I didn’t know what to expect from this book because it was just a compilation of letters. How could you enjoy a book with only letters? Sam has the ability to paint such a perfect picture other life through those letters that you barely remember that you are only reading letters and are not actually with her step by step through her life. It is amazing how much she reveals about herself and learns from writing letters and articles for her classes. This book should make everyone want to write a journal or become a pen pal just to expand their life a fraction of what Sam did in the book. It is a book that is hard to put down and then sad when you get to the end because there isn’t anymore left. I hope for another in the series to find out what happens next!

    Written by NOVA Frugal Family on November 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://novafrugalfamily.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-book-review.html

  • BEAUTIFUL DEBUT NOVEL!

    Reay has made a beautiful debut novel with Dear Mr. Knightley, Austen fans and book lovers alike will love this witty story and it’s multiple references to literature. At first I was concerned to read a book written completely in letters; however, I was proven wrong and loved the set up of letters which were full of detail and were able to translate the entire story to the point that I did not want the book to end. I cannot wait to see what the future holds in books for Katherine Reay!

    Written by Elle in Organic Shoes on November 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://organicshoes.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine_reay/

  • SWEET!

    Overall it’s a sweet story that lovers of literature will more than likely enjoy immensely. A wide cast of characters keeps the pace moving. Real life – the good, the bad, the ugly – plays out over the pages and pulls a heartstring or two.

    Written by Little Lovely Books on November 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.littlelovelybooks.com/2013/11/dearmrknightley.html

  • BOOK REVIEW: DEAR MR. KNIGHTLY BY KATHERINE REAY

    Dear Mr. Knightley, by Katherine Reay, is a quick and enjoyable read. The entire story is told through letters written by one character. I really like this approach. It feels personal, letting me really get to know the main character, Samantha Moore.

    Written by Organizing a peaceful life (formerly Organizing for Everyone) on November 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://organizingforeveryone.blogspot.com/2013/11/book-review-dear-mr-knightley-by.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    I thought the concept of this book was interesting, and the writing was very good, especially for a debut novel. Based on the summary I was expecting more of a fun, quirky, chick-lit vibe, and this novel turned out to be much more serious and introspective than I was anticipating.

    Written by Wandering the Pages on November 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://wanderingthepages.tumblr.com/post/68236040320/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay-more-info

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY

    I quite enjoyed the fact that Samantha was a bit of an outsider. Her awkwardness appealed to me. I can relate to awkward! Author Reay wove so many elements in which a person can be closed off to life and to people. I absolutely love the ending in which Samantha becomes apart of so many lives.

    Katherine Reay created so many characters that just really rends your heart! We have Kyle who is one of the orphans that like Sam is in and out of foster homes. But he still has a chance to get adopted. He will not let anyone in. Then we have Cara another orphan who seemed to fall through the cracks. Cara’s relationship with Sam is rough and a stormy one, but also helps transform Sam’s person. There are other memorable characters…that you will fall in love with such as the Muirs.

    Written by Sophie and Momma’s Blog on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3044IW9DLXHQE/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=140168968X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • I really enjoyed this wonderful story that puts a fun spin on Jane Austen and other beloved classics. With plenty of quotes and some similar plot twists, I loved the reminders of books I’ve enjoyed. I loved Sam and felt for her awkwardness and fear over being hurt and vulnerable. Though I in no way had a horrible childhood like her, I could relate to her escaping to books and finding friends there. I loved watching her grow in so many ways and cheering her on to succeed.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on November 26, 2013 | e

  • M’S JOURNEY FROM BEING COMPLETELY LOST AND IMMERSED IN HER OWN WORLD OF BOOKS TO GROWING INTO HER OWN WOMAN WAS BEAUTIFUL TO READ!

    The story is written as a series of letters from Sam to a her anonymous benefactor. The format took a few moments to get used to, but ended up being a really refreshing format.

    I am a huge Jane Austen fan, and loved all of the references to classic literature.

    Sam’s journey from being completely lost and immersed in her own world of books to growing into her own woman was beautiful to read!

    If you are looking for something that steps out of the same ol’ same ol’ mold, grab a copy of this book!!

    Written by The Hedonistic Minimalist on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://thehedonisticminimalist.com/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay-favorite-austen-moments-kindle-hdx-giveaway-pinterest-contest-and-facebook-party-ends-123/

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY – REVIEWED

    This is a tender, honest story that will have a great impact on the hearts and lives of others. What a FABULOUS debut!! I anticipate great things from Katherine Reay!

    Written by Window To My World on November 26, 2013 | e

  • A NEW FAVORITE!

    Oh, my goodness! Where do I begin with this book? This has to be on the short list of favorites for the year. I have not read a book that is so emotionally gripping as Dear Mr. Knightley, in a long time. This was a fantastic debut novel. I’m looking forward to reading more by Katherine Reay.

    Written by Too Read or Not Too Read on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3LT5GD2T9VU6I/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=140168968X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY REVIEW

    A touching book full of inspiration and gentleness. I fell in love with the lead character.

    Written by A Simple Life,really?! on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://asimplelifereally.blogspot.com/2013/11/litfuse-review-dear-mr-knightley.html

  • A BOOK THAT BOOKWORMS WILL LOVE

    As she slowly faces each fear from her past, Sam finds her own voice and begins to flourish, both as a writer and as a woman. She hides less and less in the characters of her favorite books. She slowly allows people to see her chinks and flaws and begins to share all of the messy pieces of her past until she is finally able to grasp the fact that she actually is loved and known and always has been. Such a beautiful story!

    Written by Middle Places on November 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://middleplaces.com/2013/11/23/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay-favorite-austen-moments-kindle-hdx-giveaway-pinterest-contest-and-facebook-party/

  • “COMPLETELY, PERFECTLY, INCANDESCENTLY” WELL WRITTEN

    From cover to cover the only critique I can come up with is that, in the words of Miss Austen herself, Dear Mr. Knightley was “too short”. I did not want it to end. Just as Sam finds herself relating to and living as the characters in her favorite books, so I found myself not knowing where I ended and Sam began. I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Not only will it be going on my “keeper” shelf, but I expect to need a backup copy as the one I have now will soon wear out from rereading it over and over again.

    Written by Sara Ella on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://saraella.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley.html

  • DEAR MR KNIGHTLEY

    Oh this became my favorite book this fall. Every girl needs a diary. And sometimes we need to know there is someone there to listen to us. It is even better when you find your family inside of that same path.

    Written by Crazed Mind on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/773782946

  • A NEW FAVORITE!

    This is one of my new favorite books and I highly recommend it! I just love all the literary references – especially to my favorite Jane Austen books. The characters were fresh and the story unusual. The perfect book in so many ways! You’ll love it as much as I do!

    Written by Julie @ More Of Him on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.moreofhim.net/2013/11/book-review-dear-mr-knightley.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY | FAVORITE AUSTEN MOMENTS KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY, PINTEREST CONTEST AND FACEBOOK PARTY!

    A wonderful read! Probably in my top ten favorites of the year. Enjoyable characters that make you laugh and even cry as they go through life. One of my favorite parts is that it is all written via letters to an anonymous donor! What a great way to write a book! Can’t wait for the next book by Katherine Reay!

    Written by Giveaway Lady on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://giveawaygal.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    I am so glad I chose to read this! There wasn’t a single moment where I felt bored or wanted to put the book down. I stayed up way too late with my eyes glued to the pages, reading Samantha’s letters to the anonymous Mr. Knightley.

    Dear Mr. Knightley is a real gem, different from other novels in the contemporary genre. Reay weaves many lovely literary references that any avid reader will enjoy. From Pride and Prejudice to Great Expectations to Eloise, I adored the references to classic and current literature. I also loved the themes of forgiveness, love, and acceptance.

    Dear Mr. Knightley is one unique novel that will not disappoint, and I can’t wait to read Reay’s next book. I recommend Dear Mr. Knightley to all readers, especially those who love Jane Austen!

    Written by Covers and Ink on November 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1X7SY79454N8H/ref=cm_cr_pr_pdp

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY BOOK REVIEW & KINDLE HDX , PINTEREST AND FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY

    Dear Mr. Knightley is a book about learning to trust people all over again. It is also a book about faith and hope. All that Samantha Moore has done during her life is to read her books.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on November 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay.html

  • LITFUSE GROUP: “DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY” BY KATHERINE REAY BOOK REVIEW/GIVEAWAY PROMO

    Sam was a three-dimensional character. She discovered who she was, and I connected with her.

    Written by My Devotional Thoughts on November 24, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://mydevotionalthoughts.net/2013/11/litfuse-group-dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay-book-reviewgiveaway-promo.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    They way Reay presented the characters and her writing style was exemplary. The setting and situations were not to my liking, but the overall feel of the book was excellent. I really like the way Reay set up her debut novel, and comprised it entirely of Sam’s letters to Mr. Knightley. I enjoyed how Sam developed as a person, from her humble beginnings, to the satisfying ending. A very enjoyable read once you get past the initial way things happen.

    Written by Book Reviews by Deb on November 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://booksreviewedbydeb.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    I related to Samantha’s tendency to escape into books, and I cheered each tentative step that she took into the world. Dear Mr. Knightley is smart, funny, and deeply moving, and I highly recommend it.

    Written by The Zen of Motherhood on November 23, 2013 |e

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY: A NOVEL BY KATHERINE REAY, ©2013

    This was phenomenal writing! Very excellent in introspection and the awareness of others seeping into her daily life beyond her books.

    Written by Lane Hill House on November 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/REETT2WXFVMMQ

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY BOOK REVIEW

    Dear Mr. Knightley is a unique debut novel, filled with heart and literary delight, making it a novel I’m glad not to have missed out on! When I first heard about this novel, I found it utterly fascinating to discover that someone finally wrote a book about a girl who is in love with books; as I can totally relate to such a character, being a totally book nut myself. :) To be able to read a well-developed story and have bits and pieces of favorite classics throughout, it was just the icing on the cake; and I would eagerly read more from this new author.

    Written by The Literary Maidens on November 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://theliterarymaidens.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    A story in the tradition of Daddy Long Legs, the 1955 movie, Dear Mr. Knightley is the story of a girl who receives a full college scholarship and housing and wardrobe and everything else she needs from an anonymous benefactor that she writes letters to in exchange for the financial support. He falls in love with her through her letters and as they develop a relationship in person without him revealing he is Mr. Knightley, she falls in love with him. The spiritual elements are really focused on trust in God and other people. The girl has a lot of reasons to not let herself get too close to anyone, believing they will hurt her or leave her. She has to learn to open up and trust.
    1 Peter 4:8 – Above all, love each other deeply from the heart for love covers a multitude of sins.

    Written by CTF Devourer on November 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://ctfdevourer.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley.html

  • FAVORITE AUSTEN MOMENTS KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY, PINTEREST CONTEST AND FACEBOOK PARTY! AND BOOK REVIEW – “DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY”

    I really enjoyed “Dear Mr. Knightley!” It was a unique and fresh approach as this book is filled with letters, letters written by Sam that allow the reader insight into her thoughts and life. This is such a well-written book and such a powerful story of a woman’s growth and journey. This is a must read for fans of Jane Austen!

    Written by Moments on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://kristie-moments.blogspot.com/2013/11/favorite-austen-moments-kindle-hdx.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    Katherine Reay has written a fantastical first novel. Her characters have such strong voices and a real sense of who they are. They come alive and spring forth from the page with exuberance and vulnerability that can be difficult to put into words. Reay excels at this. Each character matters and has something to contribute to the story. I can’t wait for Reay’s next novel!

    Written by Slow It Down on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://karislowitdown.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY REVIEW

    The character of Samantha is probably either going to intrigue you or irritate you. At first she irritated me, but as the plot grew, I began to understand her. Samantha hides behind quotes of books. She is extremely introverted and doesn’t know how to properly interact with people. In the beginning I felt like this was completely unrealistic but as I learned about her background of emotional turmoil and foster homes, I realized I don’t have experience with anyone with that background, so I don’t know what “typical” is for them. Yes, there’s a mushy, happy ending, so don’t fret. Also, God’s love is more embedded, I guess, in the book, rather than pointed out a lot. God is shown a lot in people’s actions in this book. I liked it.

    Written by The Talbert Report on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R35C6MP9P3W9KD/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • DEAR MR KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY & FUN GIVEAWAY!!!

    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!!!!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R7ORQWHLQ3N4X/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=140168968X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • DR MR KNIGHTLEY: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

    The book is written almost entirely as a series of letters from Samantha Moore (Sam), a 23 year old who has been in foster care for almost her entire life, to her mysterious benefactor. This is the condition for the scholarship she is receiving from her benefactor that will see her through journalism school.

    Sam chose to call her benefactor Mr Knightley as Jane Austen’s books were her escape while she went through the foster care system.

    Sam’s letters give us an insight into her person – shy, introverted and very unsure about herself. She constantly lapses into the strong characters from books and even uses their dialogues to get her through difficult situations.

    Written by Everyday Gyaan on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://everydaygyaan.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley/

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    I built a strong connection with Sam as she struggled with painful memories and was happy to watch her growth and to fall in love. This is a sweet romance definitely worth reading!

    Written by Deco My Heart on November 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2X5E2SB1XEOZE?ref_=pe_620760_65501210

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY {A BOOK BLOG TOUR & REVIEW}

    The main character, Sam, could only be described as unique and quirky. Her favorite way to speak with others is by using her favorite quotes from her favorite books. As she corresponds with Mr Knightley, we learn much about her inability to have meaningful relationships as well as her fears, failings, and her accomplishments. Sam grows during this time of letter writing and I believe she finds herself through it.

    Written by Adventures in Unsell Land on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://theunsells.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-book-blog-tour-review.html

  • LITFUSE PRESENTS….DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY….PLUS KINDLE FIRE HDX GIVEAWAY!!

    This is a really different and interesting book. I enjoyed reading Sam’s progress on her journey through Journalism School. I kept trying to guess who the mystery person was, if he would ever be revealed. And the ending was really a pleasant heartwarming ending to the story. Wonderful debut novel from author Katherine Reay.

    Written by splashesofjoy on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/litfuse-presents-dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay-plus-kindle-fire-hdx-giveaway/

  • DEAR MR KNIGHTLEY – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

    Everything in our lives happens for a reason – even if it isn’t always to our liking or according to our plan. That is one of the many discoveries that await Samantha Moore in Dear Mr. Knightley – the brilliant debut novel from Katherine Reay!

    Dear Mr. Knightley is a unique coming-of-age story about a 23-year old orphan – Samantha – who receives an amazing gift: an all-tuition paid scholarship to a prestigious school of journalism! The catch? She must regularly write a series of self-revelatory letters to her mysterious benefactor.

    You are drawn into Samantha’s world from the very first letter and left hanging on to every word, waiting to see how Samantha’s life will unfold.

    Dear Mr. Knightley is a wonderful story about a girl in search of herself that you won’t want to miss!

    Written by Create With Joy on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.create-with-joy.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-review-giveaway.html

  • GREAT AUSTENESQUE BOOK

    I loved this book. It is a fantastic debut for Katherine Reay. The characters and plot are well developed and interesting. I was captivated from the beginning and could not read fast enough. I had to know what happened next. I am a fan of the classics also which is not a requirement to read this book but helps.

    Written by A Book Lover on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2DO0NS0VCVLAY/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00C5QA78M&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • *DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY*

    {This one deserves 10 stars}

    There’s a reason I described this book as “Nearly Flawless!”
    I’m a tough reader to please, but I finished this book in one evening and a morning.

    The characters were extremely well drawn: lovable in their humanity, with flaws and good qualities mixed together. {That’s my definition of a real character.}

    Samantha is an example of resiliency, over coming the obstacles and keeping her spirit.

    The touch of humor in this book was just right.
    This story digs into Samantha’s past as she grows to feel more comfortable writing her letters,
    and her sense of the quirky and funny was evidence that her difficult girlhood was not going to keep her down!

    I’m sure am eager for a sequel. :-)

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://foundachristianbyhisgrace.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley.html

  • GREAT BOOK

    Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay was such a fun book to read. This book so unique on the way it is written and set up. I loved that it was all letters basically written to one person and a couple of times there was a letter written back to her.

    Written by The World As I See It on November 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://bit.ly/1ei0JmE

  • GREAT TRIBUTE TO JANE AUSTEN

    I love Pride and Prejudice. I also love Jane Austen.What I loved about this book was the format and the references made to Jane Austin. The chapters were letters. The letters were from Mr. Knightley to Sam, and from Sam to Mr. Knightley. Sam did not know who he was so she was able to talk to him without ever dealing with face to face consequences. As time went on she told him things that she never told anyone before. Sam starts to fall for Alex, but then again she decides to hide her feelings. The end was great and this book is worthy to be grouped with the works of Jane Austen. There were quotes from a lot of Austen’s works. My favorite was the Darcy/ Lizzy quotes. I really hope that this author keeps writing, because I am definitely a fan for life. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

    Written by deal sharing aunt on November 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay.html

  • A HIGHLY READABLE DEBUT

    This novel’s prose is spare on details (which does make it more like a letter), but its tone and the personality of the protagonist render it highly readable. It includes a great description of a kiss (but not in the way you’re probably thinking), and I especially enjoyed the Barnes & Noble scene. What I liked best, however, is the lovely illustration this story gives of God’s boundless, grace-filled generosity.

    Written by Story Matters on November 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://katherinescottjones.com/dear-mr-knightley-book-review/

  • UNIQUELY, WORTHWHILE.

    This was not a typical pick for me, story wise, but I am so glad I chose to read it. There is a depth that can be felt in the pages and a realistic freedom that can come from being honest with oneself and facing fears. I think that everyone can find something to relate to in this book and challenge the reader to grow from it.

    Written by Diane Estrella @That’s What I’m Here For…. on November 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2ABFKIOHDHEBV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    Sam isn’t the only person who is a fan of classic authors, as I could clearly tell Katherine Reay is heavily influenced by them by the way she wrote Dear. Mr. Knightley. For some strange reason, I thought the book would be a quirky comedy, but it was surprisingly heartfelt. Sam feels like a real person to me. Every since I was a kid I have hid myself from the world through books and movies, so I instantly connected with Sam! Overall, Dear Mr. Knightley is a beautifully written novel, in my opinion it’s a modern classic, and it is my favorite book from 2013. I highly recommend it.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on November 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/2013/11/review-dear-mr-knightley.html

  • A DIFFERENT STYLE

    I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the style at the beginning because it’s written as a series of letters to Sam’s anonymous benefactor, but it actually works really well with the story.

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on November 18, 2013 | e

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY | FAVORITE AUSTEN MOMENTS KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY, PINTEREST CONTEST AND FACEBOOK PARTY! A GREAT FIRST NOVEL WRITTEN–ORIGINAL AND CREATIVE

    Sam’s story is a great example of what happens when we hide who we are from people we care about. Not only do we hurt others by our deception, but we also lose their trust. Read along and experience Sam’s joys and frustrations as she navigates a bold, new world. Because of the early references to the Jane Austen era, I was in the middle of the book before I realized Sam was in the contemporary world. By then, it was too late to catch up. Still, I enjoyed the story.

    Written by I am believing God on November 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1TUBEZW7CPXR6/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=140168968X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    Dear Mr. Knightley is so familiar, yet so unique. It’s familiar in that it frequently references Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and Jane Eyre (and even re-imagines certain plot points), and it also evokes more recent works like the film You’ve Got Mail. Yet it is unique in both plot and delivery.

    Dear Mr. Knightley is a novel that will grab you at the first page and not let go until you’ve finished the last. Run to your nearest bookstore (or, more realistically, click on over to the website of your favorite bookseller) and get your hands on a copy of this book. You won’t regret it!

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on November 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1PWR6M4UBO9UA

  • BOOK REVIEW: DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    There is a lot to like about Dear Mr. Knightley. If you are an Austen or Bronte fan, you will be pleased with the many references to their works. But this novel is not a rewrite of a beloved classic. Told through letters, Dear Mr. Knightley is like a coming of age novel. Samantha is forced to confront her demons and to start living without the crutch of her literary friends. The growth of Samantha’s character is touching and tough, but will have you cheering for her triumphs and sympathizing with her failures. The message of God’s love is subtle, but is definitely portrayed through the loving support of an older couple who comes into Sam’s life. You are going to love the turn of events in that relationship!

    Definitely a book I will recommend, I think Dear Mr. Knightley would be perfect for a book discussion group, especially for those New Adults in the group!

    Written by By The Book on November 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://rbclibrary.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/book-review-dear-mr-knightley/

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY- LOSING YOURSELF IN JANE AUSTEN

    Dear Mr. Knightley is a gem of a story. Samantha Moore is an enigma to all who know her and I couldn’t stop reading until I discovered what her back story was. What was she so afraid of?? Why did she appear so emotionally shut down? Reading her letters revealed parts of Samantha that the world just couldn’t reach- love and pain that were locked deeply inside her. Watching her metamorphosis was painful and lovely at the same time. Beautifully written.

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on November 18, 2013 | e

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY LEAVES YOU WITH A SMILE 🙂

    A book of letters. Dear Mr. Knightley is a book of letters from Samantha to the man responsible for funding her way through journalism school. I wasn’t sure I would like a book in this format but oh, I did. Even though the story is told through these letters, Samantha includes dialogue and specific moments. I couldn’t help but be pulled in to Sam and her struggle to make it as I read these letters. She told Mr. Knightley she was able to be honest with him because she didn’t know who he was. So she shared about her past, revealing parts of her no one else knew about. Dear Mr. Knightley is a great read. Dear Mr. Knightley is a great read. You go on this journey with Sam as she discovers herself as a writer and who she finds when she finally stops running.

    Written by snidbits on November 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1KRSYMG2KPWT5

  • GREAT DEBUT!

    Sam is one of the deepest characters I’ve read in a very, very long time. Ms. Reay took her time and wrote with deep detail without having information dumping problems or gaps in the plot.

    I had to check several times to make sure it was a debut novel. Ms. Reay writes with raw emotion as if she personally knows her main character. So in tune with Sam, it’s easy for the reader to connect with Sam and see life through her eyes.

    Written by Book By Amanda on November 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://godisgoodgodisgreat.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-book-review-tour.html

  • A MODERN AUSTEN-STYLE DELIGHT!

    Kathering Reay makes a stunning debut, sharing her creativity and talent with readers. She is certainly an author whose next novel I will anticipate.

    Written by The Ramblings of Two Readers on November 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://ramblingsof2readers.blogspot.com/2013/11/review-of-dear-mr-knightley.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLY BY KATHERINE REAY (BOOK REVIEW)

    If you are a fan of classic authors like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, if you enjoy seeing a fictional character grow and change for the better, if you like light yet meaningful fiction, I recommend you read Dear Mr. Knightley. I wish I had asked for the paperback book because I WANT IT in my library.

    As the story progressed, I laughed and cheered and occasionally even cried as Sam’s letters revealed her struggles, triumphs, and personal growth. I loved how the letters unfolded the story with glimpses of the past and hints of the future.

    Written by Our Family Porch on November 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://ourfamilyporch.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-katherine-reay-book-review.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY

    In her debut novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, author Katherine Reay uses Austenesque inspiration to weave a wonderful contemporary epistolary novel that is a delightful treat for Jane Austen fans.

    Written in the first person narrative, the reader follows Sam’s journey of self-discovery through her one-way conversations with her mysterious benefactor Mr. Knightley. It is an emotional and inspirational journey that will bring Sam out of her protective shell and teach her to embrace the woman that she is meant to become.

    Written by Jersey Girl Book Reviews on November 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay.html

  • BLOG TOUR: DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    There are some serious doses of reality, of life not being fair, of heartbreak. Then there are these other moments of joy, and friendship, and hope. This is one of the best heartbreaking, but lovely and happy stories I have read this year!

    Written by Tressa’s Wishful Endings on November 15, 2013 |e
    Read my full review:http://tressaswishfulendings.blogspot.com/2013/11/blog-tour-dear-mr-knightly.html

  • AN AMAZING DEBUT NOVEL

    This is an amazing debut novel. It is so well written I was captivated. The technique of revealing Sam’s life through written letters worked very well. I really liked her breaking our from hiding behind her favorite novel characters and their words. The romance with a perfect finishing touch.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on November 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RTKGHMMMK4TR7/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00C5QA78M&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • BOOK REVIEW: DEAR MR KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY

    Dear Mr. Knightley is a story of self-discovery more than anything. What is great is it also has stories of friendship, love and faith weaved in so that none is overwhelming or drown out another.

    If you are even the slightest fan of Bronte, Dickens, Gaskell or especially Austen, you will enjoy the many references and quotes in this book.

    Written by The Sunset Won’t on November 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.thesunsetwont.com/2013/11/book-review-dear-mr-knightley-by.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY | FAVORITE AUSTEN MOMENTS KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY, PINTEREST CONTEST AND FACEBOOK PARTY!

    I wasn’t sure what to think as I started Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay. There are a lot of initial references to some classic books like Pride and Prejudice and Emma. As I read further though I was captures by Samantha’s story. I love the style of the book where you hear the action almost all in the form of letters. The letters are from Samantha to the head of a foundation that is giving her a grant to grad school. The terms are that she must write and that he won’t write back. She uses it almost like a personal diary and you see the story unfold through her eyes.

    Written by Buzz4Mommies on November 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2E5IWOULGZVLL/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY

    Have you ever received a gift that was such a blessing you were overwhelmed? That’s what happened to Sam. After living in the foster care system she receives a gift of going to journalism school. All this anonymous benefactor requires is that she writes him telling him her progress.

    I enjoyed the letter writing between Sam and Mr. Knightley, the banter between them was fun. I loved Mr. Knightley. This was a great book by a debut author and I don’t think this will be the last we hear of Katherine Reay.

    Written by Radiant Light on November 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://frommipov.blogspot.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley.html

  • DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY: A MUST READ

    A definite must read novel! I feel in love with Samantha Moore – you are drawn deeply into the book and she becomes a best friend. You laugh, pray and cry with her (literally I cried!). An excellent novel that will leave you wishing for more!

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on November 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://workingmommyjournal.blogspot.ca/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-review-giveaway.html

  • DEAR MR KNIGHTLEY {BOOK REVIEW}

    This is a must read. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. It’s written in first person (journal type). You won’t be disappointed.

    Written by krystlbears Corner on November 15, 2013 | e

  • MUST READ BOOK

    Initially as I started reading the book, it vaguely reminded me of a classic movie called, “Daddy Long Legs”, but without the singing and dancing or Fred Astaire. The blending of Jane Austin and the use of her books throughout, “Dear Mr.Knightly” helped showed the progression of Sam’s character from the person we meet initially to who she eventually becomes, fully showing a strong grasp not only on characterization, but Katherine, creates a very sympathetic character, that leaves the reader rooting with her as well as sharing tears of joy and sadness, through Sam’s growth.
    For a first novel, Katherine did an excellent job creating well rounded characters that has the reader feeling like they were reading real people and a heartwarming story that keeps the reader captivated..

    Written by Sunflower Faith on November 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: sunflowerfaith.com/2013/11/dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay-book-review/

  • CAPTIVATING

    I love all things Austen, and that is what drew me to the book…man was I blown away beyond measure. I was enthralled with the broken characters and tickled by various, well placed literary quotes. The most touching for me, was a reference to C.S.Lewis’s “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”. I laugher, cried and enjoyed the book so very much, I mourned the finishing….so I read it again.

    Written by Kimberly Laursen on November 14, 2013 | e

  • SINCERELY, SAM

    I absolutely loved this book! It was a little slow to start, but the narrative unfolded with a cautious hesitancy that is totally natural to Sam’s guarded personality. As the plot progressed, I watched Sam struggle and fail, only to come to a place of total honesty that allowed her to start over again with a fresh hope.

    Written by Novel Reviews on November 13, 2013 | e

  • BOOK REVIEW — DEAR MR. KNIGHTLEY BY KATHERINE REAY

    Overall, I found this book to be an excellent read and would recommend it to anyone who loves great literature. Not just for the book itself, but for the way the author draws from other classic characters and weaves them throughout this story.

    Written by Single Mommy Warrior on November 8, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://singlemommywarrior.com/book-review-dear-mr-knightley-by-katherine-reay/

  • LITFUSE BLOG TOUR EVENT: DEAR MR. KNIGHTLY BY KATHERINE REAY

    If this book is not on your “To Be Read” list it needs to be A.S.A.P. Reay wrote a truly whimsical novel that is unique in all in its own.

    I just love the way this book was written. The voice was real, honest, and hilarious.

    As I said before I loved, loved, loved, loved, the way this book was written. I loved all the characters. Even the side characters. There was not one 1-sided character. The writing was so splendid that I felt like I was actually there with Sam as she was having coffee with Alex in Barnes and Noble or when she was running during the Chicago Marathon.

    Written by Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes on November 8, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://taylor-reid.blogspot.com/2013/11/litfuse-blog-tour-event-dear-mr.html