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Publication Order of Winsome Books

The Printed Letter Bookshop (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Of Literature and Lattes (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Dear Mr. Knightley (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lizzy and Jane (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Brontë Plot (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Portrait of Emily Price (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Austen Escape (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The London House (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Awful Beautiful Life (With: Becky Black Powell) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Katherine Reay

The American writer Katherine Reay is well known for her intelligent and inventive romance novels, casing a different light on the genre. Highly regarded by both readers and critics alike, she’s become a bestselling novelist and household name for many across the world. This is something that she’s worked on over the years, creating a style and tone that is very much hers and hers alone. Getting straight to the heart of what she wants to say in an instant, she’s easily one of the foremost writers currently working within her field to date.

She has also been noted for her inspirational style of writing too, as it’s often the strong messages at the center of each of her books that resonate for many. Really capturing the attention of her readers and holding it there, she definitely knows what they’re looking for, while entertaining them along the way. Her fiction is contemporary drawing in readers from all over, as it has come to resonate on a universal level for people all over the world. Using writers such as Jane Austen as her inspiration, she effectively utilizes the styles of many previous famous novelists too.

Many of her characters are extremely well written too, as they feel like wholly real people upon the page that the reader can relate to. This is also adds to the overall charm of many of her novels, making them easy to pick up, yet difficult to put down. Staying with the reader long after they’ve put the book down, her protagonists really stay with her audience for a long time, leaving an impression. There’s a lot she has to offer through her work, and she will carry on providing this for many years to come yet.

Early and Personal Life

Growing up in America, the author to be Katherine Reay would always be interested in literature from an early age. Developing her tone and style over time, she would go on to become regarded as one of the leading romance novelists within her field. This would see her refine and hone her voice as an author, establishing an approach to the form that was quite unlike any other.

Attending Northwestern Universality, she would gain a BA and an MS, leaving as a Phi Beta Kappa, building upon her style as an author. Moving all over America, and Europe too, she would work in marketing and development for some time, before studying for a Masters in Theological Studies at graduate school. Leaving this unfinished though, she would move to Chicago with her family, where she continues to write to this present day.

Writing Career

The first book that Katherine Reay would write was titled ‘Dear Mr. Knightley,’ which would come out in 2013 to much acclaim. A stand-alone novel, it was inspirational in nature, making for an extremely emotional and heartfelt novel that captured the attention of many. Later she would publish the title ‘The Printed Letter Bookshop’ in 2019, and this would also begin her first series called ‘Winsome.’

In February of 2020 she would also go on to write her first non-fiction book titled ‘Awful Beautiful Life,’ which she would co-author with Becky Powell. Working with her fellow author, the two of them would look at faith and a true-life story of how it has helped those in need. As a writer with a lot to say, her books really speak for themselves on many levels, and will stand the test of time for a long time to come.

Of Literature and Lattes

Originally published through the ‘Thomas Nelson’ publishing label, this would first come out back in 2020 on the 12th of May. It would also be the second in the ‘Winsome’ series of novels, as it would provide another story set in the small-town in Illinois. While the books aren’t connected as such, they do share the same location, so many of them will feature elements and arcs crossing over.

This is a light and fun read, while it does manage to keep things interesting and exciting along the way as well. Giving the reader a real sense of the town, this builds upon the world from before, providing something for both newcomers and fans to enjoy. Using the traditional conventions of the romance novel, it effectively turns them on their head, creating something new in the process.

Once the start-up that Alyssa Harrison was working for collapses, she has to leave Silicone Valley amidst an FBI investigation, returning to her home-town of Winsome in Illinois. Hoping to briefly regroup here before moving on she doesn’t plan on staying long, and that’s when Jeremy Mitchell returns looking to spend time with his daughter and open a coffee shop. With the shop seeming to lose money he turns to Alyssa for help, and the two of them instantly form a connection, as she begins to re-evaluate everything. Will she decide to stay in Winsome? Can the two of them form a relationship? What will become of them both as they find each other over a diet of literature and lattes?

The Austen Escape

Initially this came out through the Thomas Nelson publishing outlet, and it would be a stand-alone romance novel with a self-contained narrative. First released back in 2017 on the 7th of November, this would be a later novel from Reay, showing her clear development as an author. With a light-hearted and fun tone once again, it definitely hits all the right beats, and is a must for fans of the genre.

Taking a somewhat whimsical trip back into England’s past, Mary Davies is an industrial engineer from Austin, Texas, who’s just about to find her life change around. While on a trip to a manor house in Bath, England, Mary’s friend Isabel suffers from a loss of memory leading her to believe she’s living in the Regency era. This leads to the both of them discovering who they are in the home-town of the once English famous writer Jane Austen. Where will their journey take them both? Can Isabel recover her memory? Will Mary find romance during the Austen escape?

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