4 stars-Rachel Hauck once again delivers a heartwarming tale in her latest story. I enjoyed the split time story line and discovering how they intertwine. I recently read the book "To Marry an English Lord" which was all about the Gilded Age of America and America's obsession with everything British. Having all of that fresh in my mind, it was fun to read this book about a similar time period and recognize many of the historical figures mentioned. It's hard to imagine such wealth and extravagance and marriages that were nothing more than business transactions and ways to make the rich richer.
I enjoyed all 4 of the main characters- Birdie, Eli, Tenley and Jonas. They were unique yet similar in their passions and pursuits, even though more than a century had passed between them. I felt the emotions of the characters and loved watching how the story unfolded. Rachel Hauck did an amazing job of bringing all of their stories together in a satisfying, if not bittersweet, conclusion. This was a story about finding your true calling and being the person God made you to be, even when it's not easy. It was also a story about relationships, both broken and whole, and how God can work through us in different ways to mold those relationships. Rachel Hauck always delivers a great story and I look forward to her next offering.
I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Tenley Roth's first book was a runaway bestseller. But now that she is trying to write her next book, writers block has set in. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley for help through her upcoming chemotherapy, Tenley feels like she needs to help. So she packs up and heads to Florida. Where, in between helping her mom, she struggles to write her next book at an old antique desk.
A century earlier another woman wrote at the same desk. Birdie Shehorn was the daughter of a wealthy family in the Gilded Age. But her mother was strict and controlling. Planning out Birdie's life herself without a say so from her daughter. But Birdie dreamed of writing novels and making her own choices in life. When her mother goes a step to far to manipulate her daughter's future, Birdie must choose between giving in to her mother's will, or finding a way to choose the life she really wants.
The Writing Desk By Rachel Hauck was such an amazing book! It was hard to put this story down, and it had me staying up late to finish it. It was wonderfully written and it was easy to connect with the characters. Normally when I read a book with two stories going on in it, I really get into the one side of the story and the other side just feels like it is in the way. But with this book the modern story and the historical story were both so wonderfully done I loved them both! Being a history lover, I really enjoyed seeing how the stories blended together perfectly. I highly recommend this book!
I received this book free from the publisher, Zondervan, through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. The opinions are my own.
I have to confess, I wasn't sure if I would like The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck, so I was going to skip reading it, until it showed up on my doorstep. I'm not much of a historical fiction reader, but I've enjoyed other books by Rachel Hauck, and the concept of an author and the desk intrigued me.
In present day we find Tenley Roth. She is an author and her first book was a success. Her second book is due really soon and she is afraid that she won't be able to repeat her earlier success.
When her estranged mother calls and asks her to come to Florida, she is reluctant to go. Once she makes her way to Florida, she meets Jonas Sullivan. Jonas is a furniture designer and the two hit it off.
Now comes the historical part, which was actuallysomething I really enjoyed!
Birdie is born during the Gilded Age and is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Her mother controls much of her life and her mom has chosen someone for her to marry. The problem is, Birdie has dreams of her own and they aren't her mother's.
While Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, there is a connection that joins them together. All of this created an intriguing story that took me on an emotional journey.
One thing that stood out to me was the excellent way Rachel took me from one time period to the other. I've read books where this distracted from the story and was hard to follow, but that wasn't the case in The Writing Desk. I found the story easy to follow and actually enjoyed the two different settings.
Rachel did an excellent job in developing the characters and drawing me into the story. There was something special about this book that made me want to keep reading it.
I'm so glad I took the time to read this book and didn't end up passing it up. I'm really looking forward to the next book from Rachel.
*I received a free copy of this product to facilitate this post, however you, my readers, come first and all opinions are my own.
Tenley and Birdie, two beautiful women, centuries apart, same Writing Desk, both authors dealing with writers block, and a story that will have you coming back for more from author Rachel Hauck. This is one of those WOW books, one you want to shout from the rooftops This book is amazing, one you will read over and over again!
I was captured from the first page of The Writing Desk. I wanted to rush through the book, yet I kept going back and re-read a page or a chapter because I wanted to know every word of the book. The characters, I loved. I wasnt sure about Tenleys mom, but I grew to love her as I got to know her character. I love Tenley and Birdie, and though they made mistakes, their love of writing would shine through. And Jonas Sullivan is a dream come true. After meeting him, I forgot all about the whats his name Tenley was supposedly engaged to. But then Tenley had to make the final decision on that.
If you love historical fiction, this is a must read for you. The historical scenes so vividly described by Ms. Hauck takes you back a century ago to the Guilded age. And my grandmother was born in 1903 so every time I saw that date I had fun imaging her in her infant years. Theres so much to say about this amazing read, but the rest is for you to know for yourself as you read The Writing Desk.
I give this book a high 5 STARS! And would give it more if I could.
I received this book from BookLook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 55.
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not asked or compensated for a favorable review. This was another wonderful book from Rachel. I enjoyed the story written from each persons feelings about so many things. I loved that two of the characters are both writers and brings them so much closer as you read the story. And the historical information brought into this book. When you think about so many young women of society not being able to make decision for themselves because of the fathers controlling their funds and trying to marry them off to men they may not love for better business responsibilities. Or English gentlemen marry wealthy young women from the state because they needed the influx of money from the new money of the US. And luckily a lot of those ended in happy marriages. I would recommend this book to all of my friends.