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A story written in a dual time line in two different time periods, the late Regency period to present day, centered around a single piece of furniture.... the writing desk. Tenly Roth wrote one best seller and is struggling with writer's block for the second book. Birdie Shehorn is a wealthy American socialite who hid a manuscript in the writing desk a century earlier. Tenly finds the novel while taking care of her ill mother. She could pass this novel off as her own. Learn how she struggles with the dilemma.
Number of Pages: 352
|Publication Date: 2017|
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 Roths first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, shes 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 writers 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 hearts 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 shell marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesnt 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.
Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall 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 two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com Facebook: rachelhauck Twitter: @RachelHauck
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent and compelling dual timeline storyJanuary 22, 2018BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rachel Hauck is a master storyteller and these heartfelt dual-timeline stories are among my favorites! The Writing Desk is a rich and compelling story which embraces the complexities of two separate eras and two women with the same dream, writing stories.
Tenley is adrift in a sea of uncertainty without the anchoring presence of herfather in her life. Despite her past, Tenley chooses family and the hope of reconciliation over personal comfort and professional costs.
Birdie has a dream and her heart a home yet her circumstances in the Gilded Age, prevent her from embracing those places that call to her spirit. The forces working against her left me outraged and unwilling to stop reading until the end.
Each time period leaps off the pages and the characters are completely captivating. The subtle faith and feminine strength throughout this book make it stand out from the crowd. I highly recommend this story!
I received acomplimentary copy of this book fromthe publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The kind of novel you want to savor and shareJanuary 11, 2018KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I finally understand what everyone has been raving about! I may be a late bloomer but I'm definitely on The Writing Desk's cheer team now! Especially cheering because this is a dual timeline story. Birdie with all the pressures of belonging to the upper class during the Gilded Age and Tenley with the pressures of living up to the expectations that come from belonging to a literary family. There are interesting parallels in these two heroine's stories though a century separates them. Difficult mother/daughter relationships and both chasing dreams as they find the courage to be true to themselves.
And then there are the men in their lives. Blissful sigh. Elijah in the historical timeline and Jonas in the contemporary one. Men of integrity and faith. Elijah determined to do the honorable thing for his family's estate despite his love for Birdie. Be still my heart. This star-crossed lovers story had me on tenterhooks!
I'm still having heart palpitations over steadfast, easy-going, steeped-in-faith Jonas. And I'm guilty of feeling like Tenley didn't deserve him in the beginning. But Jonas proved me wrong and humbled me in the process. Because he looks past the baggage and insecurities and sees Tenley as the beautiful daughter of God she is. Their witty dialogue still has me smiling. So much fun in the give and take between these two. But so much heartache too. And so much hope as Tenley finally begins to grasp the concept of grace and the hope it can bring to her future.
The Writing Desk is the kind of novel you want to savor and share and read over again just because it makes you feel alive and hopeful and inspired to live out your dreams the way Birdie and Tenley do.
bburke795 Stars Out Of 5My favorite Rachel Hauck bookJanuary 7, 2018bburke79Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have to be honest and say that I really enjoy Rachel Hauck's writing. However, so far this is my FAVORITE book by her. The story touched my heart...and I appreciated Birdie's fight or independence. If you enjoy historical romances and can follow the "dual-time" with flashbacks this is an amazing story...and it would make a wonderful movie in my opinion!
BookLover165 Stars Out Of 5Everything about this book deserves a five star rating!December 13, 2017BookLover16Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A historical fiction and contemporary romance combined couldn't get any better! Reading a book by Rachel Hauck is almost like reading two. I love reading a story from the past and then seeing the impact on the life of someone in the present.
I felt such a connection to our two heroines, early twentieth century Birdie and modern day Tenley. While our dreams may be different, our fears are very much the same. This book was an encouragement and inspiration in making your own path in life; not just following someone else's because it's already been traveled.
Everything about this book deserves a five star rating!
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Simply stunning storytelling.November 18, 2017Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5t takes a skilled author to introduce what appears to be two completely separate story lines and distinct time periods and give both the correct emphasis and both stories compelling enough to take an audiences interest.
Rachel Hauck does just that with the magnificent Writing Desk. WIth deft hand she introduces us to Tenley Roth- a harried one hit wonder author who is now expected to produce her second book with as much success and hype as benefits the recipient of all the awards she has had lavished upon her.
Problem - shes faced with a severe and complete writers block. She faces the most frightening thing for any writer - a white sheet of paper. Seeking an escape and also on the begging request of her estranged mother - she moves to Florida and a hopeful change to produce something worthy of her publisher.
There she discovers not only a painful past but also an old writing desk which seems to call to her of past stories and a shared history. Little does she realise that a century earlier - another young lady sat at the same desk faced with surprisingly similar trials and tribulations.
Birdie Shehorn was born to privilege and money - but with that comes strict controls and invisible chains. She wants to break the conventions put upon her and tell stories, write novels and make an impact on her world.
The unique way this story is told is simply beautiful and so so engaging as a reader. I literally devoured it in two sitting over two days. With rich detail and stunning story telling this is one not to miss.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.