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Katherine Reay

Autor/a de Dear Mr. Knightley

12 obres 2,189 Membres 205 Ressenyes 2 preferits

Obres de Katherine Reay

Dear Mr. Knightley (2013) 534 exemplars
The Printed Letter Bookshop (2019) 389 exemplars
The Brontë Plot (2015) 267 exemplars
The Austen Escape (2017) 220 exemplars
Lizzy and Jane (2014) 195 exemplars
The London House (2021) 153 exemplars
A Portrait of Emily Price (2016) 142 exemplars
Of Literature and Lattes (2020) 135 exemplars


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Data de naixement
20th century
Llocs de residència
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Northwestern University (BA, MA)
Austen Authors
Biografia breu
Katherine Reay is the award-winning author of several novels. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BA and Honors in History and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society. She also holds a Master’s degree in marketing from Northwestern. Katherine then spent several years working in non-profit development before returning to graduate school for a Masters of Theological Studies. Publishing credits also include Redbook, USAToday, Christianity Today and FamilyFiction. Katherine lives outside Chicago, IL.



Calling all old spooks and spies who targeted the Soviet Union and KGB, GDR (East Germany) and the Stasi from the sixties through the eighties. And the always highly volatile Berlin itself, of course. You're gonna LOVE this book! In her latest novel, THE BERLIN LETTERS, prolific author Katherine Reay has captured perfectly those troubled, turbulent and frightening times, putting the infamous Berlin Wall and all it represented at center stage. In 1989 Luisa Voekler, 31, is the heroine, a low-level CIA cryptographer raised by her German maternal grandparents, who emigrated with her to Washington shortly after the Wall went up, leaving Luisa's parents behind in East Berlin. Working on decoding the Venona 2 project papers from WWII, she becomes aware of another project in her office that a coworker is calling "the Berlin Letters," and, in cracking their code, she finds a connection to her grandfather, and perhaps also to the parents she never knew.

Reay has done some serious research on Berlin spanning decades, from the forties through the eighties, and also highlights the tremendous changes that were taking place throughout Eastern Europe in the eighties. Lech Walesa and his Solidarnost movement in Poland is referred to often, as are other historical figures from both the East and the West, as is the Ostpunk music youth groups who play a major role as Luisa impulsively gambles everything in a hastiky planned trip to Berlin to try to get her father out of a Stasi prison before he is permanently 'disappeared.'

Because the other protagonist here is Luisa's father, Haris Voekler, whose story jumps back and forth from past to present. But the plot begins to move at a breathless, breakneck pace on the day the Wall comes down and Luisa and Haris are caught in the crush of thousands of East Germans as they surge toward the suddenly opened checkpoints and gates, with Stasi, VoPo and 'snitches' in close pursuit.

But 'nuf said. Kathrrine Reay is just one helluva good writer. I LOVED this book! My very highest recommendation.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
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TimBazzett | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | May 23, 2024 |
Germany before and during the cold war is the time period covered and done well! Theere are code breakers in America, espionage involving family, and the tension living under Soviet rule in East Germany. Really good book.
EllenH | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | May 16, 2024 |
I didn't enjoy The Austen Escape much at all.

The book is the story of Mary and Isabel, friends since grade two, who go to an expensive Austen week outside of Bath where they are immersed in period costume, food, and entertainments, and where Isabel enters a disassociative state, which happens sometimes. In that state, Isabel believes that she is actually an Austen character. The book has interesting historical details, a couple of romances, a happy ending, and some well-developed characters.


The story was chaotic. There were too many characters, and having them doubled into characters/Austen characters that they're playing made that even more difficult to follow. Towards the end of the book, I realized that part of my irritation came from the fact that it read like a soap opera, where most of the action would be extraneous if people only told each other the truth. As in soap operas, this book is full of lies and misunderstandings, far too many coincidences, and a budget amongst characters that allows for first-class air travel and limousines and expensive retreats. I don't enjoy books with unlimited budgets; it's not realistic, and I like my stories to be somewhat realistic even they're fantasy.

There were redeeming qualities. The main character, Mary, is an engineer in love with all things electrical, and the research for her passion was obviously well done. The author's knowledge of the ins and outs of Regency life and Jane Austen novels was excellent. Research aside, I didn't like the book or the artifice in it; the book felt distinctly non-Austenesque.
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ahef1963 | Hi ha 26 ressenyes més | May 5, 2024 |
Liked the concept but the characters are ehh and the romance took away from the focus
libraryofemma | Hi ha 10 ressenyes més | Apr 18, 2024 |



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