Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay | Favorite Austen Moments KINDLE HDX Giveaway, Pinterest Contest and Facebook Party!


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.

MY REVIEW-WOW!! I was really not sure how much I would like this book as I don't really go for the victorian, Jane Austen style books. But I thought the plot sounded interesting and figured I would try it. I mean, who can resist a book that is all written through letters to an anonymous stranger? I couldn't and once I started, I was so glad I had reviewed it. You will be brought on highs and lows as you laugh and then cry. I was totally swept up in this book:)

The writing style is unique but I loved it. You meet all the characters through the letters of Samantha, or Sam as she likes to be called. And she is writing to someone she has never met and never plans on meeting. He paid for her grant to school but the clause is that she has to write him letters. You get to see through these missives that she had a very hard life growing up as a foster child, her fears and regrets, and even some romance as she gets a boyfriend and loses him. You also slowly fall in love with some of the secondary people including Kyle, Ashley, Debbie, and even Coach Riddley. I had too many characters to like so I can't even start with a favorite. But my favoriteS were Sam, Alex and the Muirs. I just loved the whole book! I would urge you to pick this one up and read it, even if you don't like Jane Austen quotes. Yes, they are in there but I fell in love with way more than that. Excellent book and I can't wait to read the next novel by Katherine Reay! Way to go!!


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) 

Two ways to win! Enter today by clicking one of the icons below or participating in the Pinterest contest (see banner below)—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!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

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