Katherine Reay

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Tekijän teokset

Dear Mr. Knightley (2013) 520 kappaletta
The Printed Letter Bookshop (2019) 373 kappaletta
The Brontë Plot (2015) 261 kappaletta
The Austen Escape (2017) 216 kappaletta
Lizzy and Jane (2014) 191 kappaletta
The London House (2021) 146 kappaletta
A Portrait of Emily Price (2016) 139 kappaletta
Of Literature and Lattes (2020) 127 kappaletta

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20th century
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Northwestern University (BA, MA)
Austen Authors
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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.



A riveting spy novel set during the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
There is much to glean from the pages of this fascinating book. The events took place during my teen and adult years, so I remember some of it but the story shed light on the circumstances behind what happened.
It is told through the eyes of Codebreaker, Luisa Voekler and her father Haris who is caught in East Germany. You can feel the tension when Haris tries to be careful as he navigates life behind the Iron Curtain. Who can he trust? What does he do when his political views change?
Luisa has assumed her father died many years ago but is shocked to discover letters written by him to her recently deceased grandfather. She has many things to sort out and relationships to question. Her journey takes her to East Berlin and unlikely allies.
The research was well done. It was interesting to find the origins of the Punk lifestyle was a protest movement against lies and oppression in East Germany.
An absorbing, intriguing, page turner. I loved learning more about the times and culture of the Cold War.
* A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Harper Muse via NetGalley. All opinions are mine alone.*
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paulashreckhise | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 26, 2024 |
I’ve been wanting to read Reay’s works for years, but never took the chance to pick one of her books up until recently, when I stumbled across a few of her works in our local library. The Brontë Plot was an interesting introduction to her writing, and though it wasn’t a favorite read, I could see that Reay is a masterful writer with a keen eye for detail and a love of old books.

There was a lot to love in this story. I particularly enjoyed the friendship element of the book, and I also appreciated the main theme of learning to keep a short account, admitting when we’ve done wrong, and living without regrets. I also enjoyed the journey the main character went on, as she reckoned with her past and worked toward a healthy future.

I did struggle with some aspects of the story—although it’s billed as somewhat Christian, that element felt particularly lacking to me. I also struggled with the romance side of the book to some extent—not because it was too detailed or anything, but because it felt somewhat unnecessary to the story. And the main character’s father…I wanted to throttle him!

Overall, this wasn’t a standout read for me. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and enjoyed the way old books were brought into the story (although at times I struggled to find the connection with the Brontës). I found the antique business fascinating, and the writing style itself was easy to follow. But overall, I wasn’t sad when I finished the book and was ready to dive into something more interesting when I finished the last page. I’m hoping to read other Reay books in the future, just to see what I think of her other works; even though this book fell flat for me, I’m sure some of her others will likely be good. Recommended, if you enjoy reading about books and booksellers, friendships spanning across different generations, or books with redemptive themes.
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EstherFilbrun | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 25, 2024 |
Terrific story based on real history! A page turner, especially towards the end as the tension escalates and lives are at stake. History buffs and fans of spy stories will want to grab this one.

Covering the Cold War era in Berlin from 1961, when the Berlin Wall was erected, to its demise in 1989, it brought back memories from news stories of the time, with names of political leaders and events that rocked the world. A good look at the effects of strict communism on the culture and lives of people under its control.
Well-written and researched, perfectly paced, with just a touch of clean romantic interest towards the end. Highly recommend!
5 stars!

(An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
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WildflowerMom | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 22, 2024 |
"I have found over the years that I fare better being surprised by hope rather than being fooled by reality."

I've unwittingly taken a hiatus from Katherine Reay's books and am so glad that I'm back to reading them again. Katherine Reay has a magical way of transporting the reader to wherever and whenever her characters are. The "past" component of the beautiful story starts in 1961 East Berlin and quickly makes its way to 1989. The "present" component of the plot takes place in one week of November 1989. The past is narrated in third person whereas the present is in first person and I loved how Haris and Luisa's voices mingled together to create a rich and complex tale of sacrifice, loss, regret, betrayal, secrets, and power of love.
I had not given much thought previously to how East Berlin functioned after WWII and during the Cold War years. The vivid descriptions of the conditions were eye-opening and heart-breaking. The codebreaking was truly fascinating and I loved how Luisa's mind worked. How the past collided into the present in the end was masterfully done and I'm still mulling over the details of the story a week after I've finished it.

It's an adrenaline and intrigue-infused race against time to find the truth and save a life - a fast-paced historical fiction that will have you thinking about the Berlin Wall in a new way. I received a complimentary copy courtesy of Harper Muse via NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are my own.
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SBMC | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 20, 2024 |



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