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?
I feel like I need to start by saying that I love everything written by Rachel Hauck. So, you shouldn’t be surprised when I say that I loved this book!
The Writing Desk is a multi-generational story set in the Gilded Age, as well as the present. It is a story of love, loss, regret, faith, forgiveness, and do-overs. The characters are well-developed and lovable with such enchanting story lines that you don’t want to stop reading until you know what has happened to each of them. And the plot twists are the cherries on top! I have to cut this review short, or I might give too much of the story away. But that desk, and it’s story! I love it!
I love to write, and reading about two writers and their challenges hit home for me. But you don’t have to be a writer for it to hit home. The Writing Desk is also about mothers and daughters, life lessons, and love. Ever feel like just staying in your PJs all day? Well, then you will find something to relate to in this fabulous novel.