Debut author Katherine Reay is celebrating the release of her delightful novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, with a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway, a fun Favorite Austen Moments Pinterest contest, and an Austen-themed Facebook Party.
One winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire HDX
- Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
- Handmade Austen-themed items (scarf, mug, bracelet, and necklace)
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.
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!
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 début novel follows one young woman’s journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.
Learn more at Katherine’s website.
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is one of those books that I thought I wouldn’t like until about one-third of the way through it. In fact, for that first bit of the story, I made virtually no connections with any of the characters. I appreciated the literary references, but I was indifferent to the heroine who was narrating the story.
At some point (when Alex entered the picture), I began to have minimal interest in the story. And as the story began to build, I began to suspect the turn the story would take. And I was right (I love it when I’m right!). And suddenly, Sam was a three-dimensional character. She discovered who she was, and I connected with her.
I only have a passing complaint, and it is only because this is classified as a Christian book. There is one word included that is not necessarily bad, but it should not ever be in a Christian book (unless it refers to a donkey). And I wish that the gospel message had truly been emphasized. It would have made this book positively ideal.
The writing of this book is indeed clever, and I believe that those who have a fondness for literary classics will revel in the book once the introductory portion of the book is over.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.