The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck ReviewThe Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck
Published by Zondervan on July 10th 2017
Genres: Christian, Historical, Romance
Pages: 352
Also by this author: The Love Letter
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My Rating: four-half-stars

About this Book

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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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 actually something 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.

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