Monday, May 9, 2022

Intriguing Story Spanning Centuries -- The Writing Desk

The Writing Desk is an intriguing story that spans centuries and very different worlds. Author Rachel Hauck pieced together two touching love stories that are filled with a variety of obstacles. 

Tenley and Birdie are both complex, well-developed characters who pull you into their lives from the very beginning. Their complicated relationships with their mothers and other major challenges they face give the story a real sense of depth and maintain a very pleasing pace throughout. The general direction of the romance in both settings is pretty much expected, but there are enough twists and turns to keep interest level high in that regard as well.

I highly recommend The Writing Desk to fans of well-done inspirational fiction set in dual time periods. I would also recommend reading The Fifth Avenue Story Society (also by Rachel Hauck) after this book. Neither book is essential in understanding the other, but there are some connections between the two, and both are compelling stories.

About the Book

This happily ever after romance tells the captivating story of two women bound together across time by a shared dream and a mysterious writing desk. 

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. 

About the Author

Rachel Hauck is the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at; Facebook: RachelHauck; Twitter: @RachelHauck; Instagram: @rachelhauck.

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