Friday, July 28, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review The Writing Desk

About The Writing Desk

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 11, 2017)
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.
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About Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower.

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Review: I read Rachel Hauck's The Wedding Dress ....geeze....back in 2012. I'm not sure how I missed out on all her other novels since then, but I'm glad I foud The Writing Desk.

Its a story told from multiple points of view; Tenley and Birdie, the two heroines from the present and from 1903 respectively and then Jonas and Elijiah are the men in their lives.

Ten and Birdie are linked through an old desk that they find themselves using for writing. Ten has already had a bestseller while Birdie wants desperately to get published.  That's where the similarities between the two women stops.

Ten is quirky and self conscious. I couldn't understand her attachment to Holt, from the very beginning this guy didn't seem right for her, and it made no sense why she didn't turn him down when he proposed.

Then there's Birdie, who doesn't want to marry the man her family has chosen for her. She has another in mind, but when they meet again he is about to propose to another.

This is a faith based romance, but its not done in a preachy fashion. In fact, for the most part, I wouldn't think of it as such, more so as a clean romance, that is absolutely beautifully written.

The story moved easily between the time periods and the characters. It is one of the few books I've had a hard time putting down this year. I loved both heroines that I had to find out if they had their happily ever afters. (Truth be told, I liked Birdie best, because she had spunk for the time period that she lived in)

Birdie's story is really the heart of the story, her love for Elijah and how they finally came to be a married couple. Its also the story of Birdie and her writing, which is really amazing. They had a hard time getting to where they were.

Through most of the book, I found myself wondering how Birdie's story tied in with Tenley's. That reveal didn't happen until the book was quite nearly finished.

I wasn't totally thrilled with the outcome of Tenley's story. She had her happily ever after, but I wanted a little more for her

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves good clean romances with historical elements.

Rating: 5 flowers



Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

Rachel Hauck said...

Thanks so much!


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