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MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Writing DeskMarch 2, 2018MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really like Rachel Hauck's dual timeline books. The historical focus is on Birdie Shehorn, a young woman being pressured into marriage by her wealthy parents in the Gilded Age. Marriage was looked upon as more of a business deal between the parents in order to insure even more wealth. Birdie wanted to marry for love. She also had a passion for writing novels, though she was not taken seriously. Her mother went to almost unbelievable lengths to force Birdie to do as she wanted.
The contemporary story line featured Tenley Roth, daughter and great-great-granddaughter of successful novelists. After her father's death, Tenley wrote a bestseller as a way to deal with her grief. Now under contract for another book, she is nearing deadline and facing writer's block which brings on fears and insecurities. Her estranged mother, Blanche, asks her to come to Florida to help her while she goes through chemo. Passing up a trip to Paris with her boyfriend, she decides to go to help her mother. Tenley meets the son of one of her mother's friends, Jonas Sullivan. She's never known a large family like the Sullivans, but part of her craves the family connection. Tenley made several discoveries that summer, the most important being that God loves her. It was interesting to see how the two stories tied together.
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!