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A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay – A Classy Masterpiece

A B O U T THE B O O KA Portrait of Emily Price Katherine Reay

Author: Katherine Reay

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Author Provided, Launch Team

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | Fixing things, whether broken or not, is Emily Price’s van Gogh. As an art restorer she’s passionate about righting anything that is “wrong” and anyone that hurts. From swooping in save her sister from her flighty behavior patterns therefore saving her from herself, to perfecting her work as a restorer, she likes projects. Her latest job takes her to Atlanta where two things happen. First, her life changes for the better… and coinciding with this euphoria is when everything falls apart. It’s Atlanta where she meets, Ben, an Italian chef who sweeps Emily off her feet. Their whirlwind romance leads them to Italy where Emily discovers long buried secrets in Ben’s family that changes everything. Continue reading “A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay – A Classy Masterpiece”

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The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay

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Author: Katherine Reay
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins)
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary/General
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: It takes a talented pen to consistently turn out novels that speak to an avid book lover’s heart! It takes talent and genuine passion for an author to progressively grow stronger and better with each new story. Katherine Reay easily falls into the latter category with The Brontë Plot. Each of her novels (three, counting this release) is driven by literary influences and each is suffused in old-fashioned values. Basically, every book this author has penned has been a kind of ode to the novels that are perhaps left to the dust and forgotten among the contemporary impacts of modern fandoms. Continue reading “The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay”

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Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

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Author: Katherine Reay
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: NetGally and author provided ARC
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Inspirational Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Among the inspirational, Christian fiction crowd, I’m not sure there were many books more anticipated than the follow up to 2013’s debut author Katherine Reay’s lovely epistolary novel, Dear Mr. Knightley. While the two share no connection story wise besides being seeped in Austen-esque loveliness, readers couldn’t wait to see what Reay had next for us. Myself included. Lizzy & Jane tells the story of the titular sisters who are at odds with one another ever since their mother died years earlier from cancer – Lizzy was there for her mother. Jane was not. Now, both girls are grown up, living their own lives and Lizzy’s nearly ten years elder sister, Jane is going through the terror of cancer. Burned out from her work as a chef at the elite, New York restaurant – Feast, Lizzy agrees to take a trip west to visit her father… and Jane. Afraid for her own future, tired of fighting with Jane and still healing from a past and loss she never mourned, Lizzy is about to rediscover her passions… and all that really matters. Continue reading “Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay”

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Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

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Author: Katherine Reay
Publication Date: November 2013 (ARC)
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Romance, Christian Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Dear Mr. Knightly tells the picturesque story of a young woman named Samantha who is not only an orphan, but a girl who’s made – nearly – one mistake too many. After attempting to make it on her own, she’s forced to return to the safety of the parish home she grew up in and try earning back the scholarship offered by a mysterious benefactor who is known to her only as “Mr. Knightley.” When the man agrees to reinstate Sam’s scholarship, the only stipulation he asks is that she write him letters detailing her progress. During her year of journaling through letters, Sam learns the meaning of independence, self-worth and maybe… even love. Continue reading “Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay”