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June 26, 2017

The Writing Desk {Rachel Hauck}

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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?

My Thoughts:
Every time I pick up a Rachel Hauck book I know I am going to get a beautiful cover and an even more beautiful story on the inside. In this book, Hauck continues her beloved storytelling by combining the past with the present and bringing the two to an anticipated collision.

I both loved and was annoyed with Tenley throughout this entire book. She is a one-hit wonder novelist and has won a prestigious award for her effort. Her live-in boyfriend seems like a loser, her father has passed away, and her mother abandoned her when she was a young child. Tenley is full of self-doubt and has a tendency to annoy me with her constant put-downs of herself.

But my heart went out to her when she finally agreed to head to Florida to care for her sick mother. It is in Florida where I finally began to like Tenley and the life she was making for herself.

The story of Birdie's life moved a bit slow to me, but when it finally picked up the pace it was so beautifully written. Everyone deserves a love like Birdie finds and I fell in love with her story.

Birdie and Tenley's lives come together at a time when I least expected. I was surprised and so excited how Tenley chose to honor Birdie and her gift of writing.

This is a must-read for your list. I know you will love it.

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