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?
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Rachel Hauck’s The Writing Desk is a delightful marriage of historical and contemporary fiction. Told from varying narrative perspectives, this story follows the romantic, personal, and literary triumphs and failures of two bold women separated by history, yet united by spirit. Tenley and Birdie are tenacious and independent women of privilege and acclaim, however, they are both at odds with their families’ legacy and expectations. Their resiliency even in times of brokenness and vulnerability make these two heroines captivating. By alternating time periods and point of view with each chapter, Hauck builds suspense and tension within each subplot, resulting in a beguiling and entrancing reading experience. The prose is charming and coloured with a Southern flavour that Hauck’s fans have come to expect and relish. Recommended for history buffs and contemporary purists alike, The Writing Desk has a universal appeal for those in search of an endearing romantic read.
**Disclosure: Review copy provided by TLC Book Tours. All opinions are my own.**