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Dear Mr. Knightley

(2013)
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Bookish Samantha has always hidden behind the words of others - namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, as she discovers love beyond the pages of her favorite novels, she will learn to write her own story.

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 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, Katherine 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.

Praise for Dear Mr. Knightley

"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 bestselling author of Once Upon a Tower

"Dear Mr. Knightley is an emotional, haunting tale of hope and perseverance in the face of adversity. With depth and honesty, Katherine Reay's debut novel will grip your heart in the very first pages and not let go." - Sarah E. Ladd, award-winning author of The Governess at Penwythe Hall

"Katherine Reay's touching debut novel made me cry in all the right places. For joy." - Laurie Viera Rigler, author of Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

Sweet and thoughtful contemporary read

Standalone novel

Includes a reading group guide, a Q&A with the author, and Sam's reading list

Genre: Inspirational

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Hardback Editions

January 2014 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Dear Mr. Knightley
Author(s): Katherine Reay
ISBN: 1-61173-973-X / 978-1-61173-973-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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Paperback Editions

September 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dear Mr Knightley
Author(s): Katherine Reay
ISBN: 1-4016-8968-X / 978-1-4016-8968-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Audio Editions

March 2021 : Audio CD
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Title: Dear Mr. Knightley
Author(s): Katherine Reay
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February 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Dear Mr. Knightley
Author(s): Katherine Reay
ISBN: 1-4945-0681-5 / 978-1-4945-0681-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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February 2015 : Audio CD
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Title: Dear Mr. Knightley Lib/E
Author(s): Katherine Reay
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February 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Dear Mr. Knightley
Author(s): Katherine Reay
ISBN: 1-4945-5681-2 / 978-1-4945-5681-5 (USA edition)
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February 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Dear Mr. Knightley
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February 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Dear Mr. Knightley
Author(s): Katherine Reay
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Kindle Editions

November 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel
Author(s): Katherine Reay
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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