The Writing Desk

Author: Rachel Hauck

Publication Date: July 10th, 2017

Publisher: Zondervan

Synopsis: 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 Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s 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 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.

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 she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t 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.

The whole premise behind The Writing Desk really intrigued me – I love how it promises a wonderfully historical fiction story coupled with a bit of a modern day twist.  While I sometimes have a difficult time getting into books that have a time travel thing going on, i didn’t feel that The Writing Desk was difficult at all – I really was able to follow the story easily and the writing left me captivated.

The main character, Tenley, is an author who is trying to get her book finished on a deadline, but is having trouble.  She has even more trouble when she goes to help her mother, who is dealing with chemotherapy and needs her to help out.  But she discovers a writing desk, where another woman sat about a century earlier, trying to pen her own novel.

I love the twists that this book offers, and the characters really bring the whole thing to life.  Sometimes you find characters that are dull and flat, but they really weren’t in The Writing Desk.  Instead, I found it captivating and fun, with a hint of sweetness that kept me hooked throughout the book.

The writing style was amazing, and I think that the author did a fantastic job writing in a way to keep the reader’s interest going.  I read right through this, loving every chapter.  I loved both Birdie and Tenley, and thought they both were well written and perfectly fleshed out.

This is a great book for a lazy afternoon, especially with a cup of tea.  I highly recommend it!

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an hones review.  Thank you!

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