Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Dear Mr. Knightly by 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.

Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.

But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s 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 dark memory mingles with that of eligible novelist Alex Powell, her letters to Mr. Knightley become increasingly confessional. While Alex draws Sam into a world of warmth and literature that feels like it’s straight out of a book, old secrets are drawn to light. And as Sam learns to love and trust Alex and herself, she learns once again how quickly trust can be broken.

Reminding us all that our own true character is not meant to be hidden, 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. (Synopsis from Amazon)




” Engaging,Clever,True Janeite Fiction!”



*My Review*

What can I say? Wow! I was blown away! It was so awesome! You MUST read it! If you haven’t already. 🙂

Well, for starters, I had seen how this book was very,very popular. I had seen how many of my friends on goodreads had read this book and had enjoyed it and being the Jane Austen addict that I am, I added it to my wish list. I did finally win my own copy from ( a very good blog. Go check it out!) from a giveaway. Which was very exciting!!

It was truly a very good Janeite Fiction and it was decent! It was very entertaining to read and I don’t hardly like to read contemporary fiction but this was a must read!

I enjoyed reading about Samantha Moore’s character and I could identify with her in many ways. She was truly a voracious  which showed in her day-to-day life. I liked how the author showed how Samantha would use this barrier of being a lover of Jane Austen in order to shield herself from the “real” world. I could totally identify with that in a way.

I really loved how cleverly the author wrote this book!  I wasn’t sure how I would like the format she come up with but I was very impressed! I enjoyed how the author intertwined the different names of famous authors into her story like: Jane Austen,Charles Dickens, and P.D James. I think that may be one of the best things about this book!

I couldn’t stop reading this book till I had read the last page! It was wonderful and exciting! If you are a fan of Jane Austen, this would definitely become a new favorite. If you’re not a big Jane Austen fan I think you’ll still enjoy it as well. 🙂
In fact I’m re-reading it again! Not too many books get that attention from me I can tell you that right now!

I’m definitely looking forward to reading her next book, Jane and Lizzie:

Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay,

Katherine Reay’s writing is a breath of fresh air, finally! I’m glad to read books by authors who have that gift and to keep me turning page after page. Katherine Reay is definitely that  kinda author I think and her book has become quite a cherished favorite for me.  Even my sisters liked the book even though they’re not really big Jane Austen fans like me. 🙂 (5 stars!)

Check out more about Katherine Reay and her books click here

Happy Reading, you happy Janeites you! 🙂




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