Wednesday, July 26
The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a new captivating novel of secrets, romance, and two women bound together across time by a shared dream.
Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?
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.
A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, 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, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.
Oh my, what a great story! Although it actually took me a little while to get totally immersed in this story, it quickly became hard to put the book down.
The life as a writer must be a difficult one, and authors sometimes find themselves experiencing writers block. This happened to more than one character in this story, and in more than one time period. True to human nature, desperate times call for desperate although somewhat dishonest measures.
The common thread throughout the book was the little old writing desk, and towards the end of the book, all the pieces fit together. This is also a study of human nature, and would make a great selection for book club discussion.
Rachel Hauck is a fantastic author that always captivates my attention, and this story was no disappointment.
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.