The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck - Reviewed

Monday, July 10, 2017

About the book:

Tenley Roth’s first book was a literary and commercial success. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who merely found a bit of luck?
With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.
Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Yet her life is not her own. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams of her own. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has literally destroyed her dreams, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.
Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds. Yet when Tenley discovers Birdie’s manuscript, their lives intersect. Birdie’s words help Tenley find a way home. Tenley brings Birdie’s writing to the world.
Can two women separated by time help fulfill each other’s destiny?

About Rachel:

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times. She is a double RITA finalist, a Christy and Carol Award Winner.
Rachel sits on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, and is the comical sidekick to Susan May Warren at the amazing My Book Therapy. She is a worship leader and speaker.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel is a devoted Ohio State football fan. She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

My Thoughts:

I finished this book yesterday and Tenley and Birdie's stories are still swimming in my brain. I actually dreamed last night that I was in Cocoa Beach helping Tenley with her novel, which would be a dream job. In her latest book, Ms. Hauk writes from both present day and the Gilded Age with ease, both Tenley and Birdie's stories flow. The reader feels as if they are in both time periods simultaneously. 
The book pulled me into it's pages from the beginning and hasn't let go. I hate to say that this is my favorite book of Ms. Hauck's but I honestly believe it is. I loved each and every character, even Birdie's ridiculous mother. They were all REAL, both likable and at times I wanted to smack them with the book. Both Tenley and Birdie although from different era's are witty, lovable, kind and someone you would want to spend time with. Jonas is the perfect hero, someone you'd want to come alongside your daughter to help her see truth or be your son's best friend.
I so hope Ms. Hauck is working on a sequel to this book, because I'm not reading to let go of these characters, and I want to know more.
Highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

If you click the link and order a copy please let me know. Ms. Hauck will send both of us a signed book plate.


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