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First Line Friday: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!

Today’s feature is ……
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay!

Dear Sir,

It has been a year since I turned down your generous offer.

Dear Mr. Knightley – Katherine Reay

Dear Mr. Knightley is a contemporary epistolary novel with a delightful dash of Jane Austen.

Samantha Moore survived years of darkness in the foster care system by hiding behind her favorite characters in literature, even adopting their very words. Her fictional friends give her an identity, albeit a borrowed one. But most importantly, they protect her from revealing her true self and encountering more pain.

After college, Samantha receives an extraordinary opportunity. The anonymous “Mr. Knightley” offers her a full scholarship to earn her graduate degree at the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. The sole condition is that Sam write to Mr. Knightley regularly to keep him apprised of her progress.

As Sam’s true identity begins to reveal itself through her letters, her heart begins to soften to those around her—a damaged teenager and fellow inhabitant of Grace House, her classmates at Medill, and, most powerfully, successful novelist Alex Powell. But just as Sam finally begins to trust, she learns that Alex has secrets of his own—secrets that, for better or for worse, make it impossible for Sam to hide behind either her characters or her letters.

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18 responses to “First Line Friday: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay”

  1. That first line reminds me of “Daddy-Long-Legs”…


    1. I have “Daddy Long Legs” on my TBR!


  2. My sister loves this book! Its on my TBR list.


    1. Nice! I am looking forward to finishing it.


  3. I think this is her debut! I loved it and it did remind me of Daddy-Long-Legs but has a completely different character feel to it.


    1. Oooh! I am looking forward to it!


  4. Happy Friday! My first line is from “When I’m with You” by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Michael Reed’s text alert chirped, disturbing the light sleep he’d been drifting in and out of since his alarm had gone off earlier.”


    1. I have read a few Kimberly Rae Jordan books, I hope to read more soon! I love that first line.


  5. sassybookishmama Avatar

    Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog I am sharing the first line of Rocky Mountain Revelation by Lisa J. Flickinger
    “A sharp squeal pierced the air, followed by a dull thud.”

    Happy Weekend!!


  6. That’s a great first line. On my blog today, I’m featuring More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer. I’m currently reading The Case for Miracles by Lee Strobel. I’m about to begin Chapter 11, so I’ll share the first line from this chapter. “Even for a decorated cold-case homicide investigator, this was a formidable challenge.”


    1. I LOVE More Than Meets the Eye!!!


  7. Paula Shreckhise Avatar
    Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from HER SECRET SONG by Mary Connealy:
    “March 1874. Hope Mountain
    Near Bucksnort, Colorado near Grizzly Peak, Colorado
    Wax Mosley was living a life that was going to kill him.”


    1. I really enjoyed “Her Secret Song” the cover is so pretty too.


  8. Happy Friday! 😀
    On my blog, I’m sharing from Forgiven Again by Gina Holder. I’m currently reading The Gentleman and the Thief by Sarah M. Even, so I’ll share the first line from there.
    “Hollis Darby learned two things at the knee of his not-so-dear, long-departed, low-life, scoundrel of a father: how to gamble beyond what was advisable and how to be an utter disappointment to his family.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📚


    1. I just got my copy of “Forgiven Again” I can’t wait to read and review it!


  9. Happy Friday! This is my ‘first’ First Line Friday. I am going to have to add this one to my TBR list as I enjoy anything Jane Austen related! ❤ I am currently reading Darkest before Dawn: The Kingdom of Mercia Book 2 by Jane Castel. Big Dark Ages fan. My first line is…

    ALCHFLAED WAS RIDING on the beach when she saw the horsemen approach from the south.


    1. That isn’t a setting I see often, interesting first line!


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