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The Writing Desk – Book Review

Book Description:

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.



The Writing Desk Book Cover The Writing Desk
Rachel Hauck
Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary
July 10, 2017
Received an advanced eARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Book Reviews

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck – Review

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How to Catch a Prince on Amazon

Book Description:

Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever.

Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could’ve been.

But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife s appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever.


I’ll just get this out of the way right now. I’m a Rachel Hauck fan. I haven’t read any of her books that I didn’t like. So, I knew going into this one, that it was going to be another good one. I just didn’t realize how good.  I call books like this fluff, and I do not mean any disrespect at all when I say that. I like fluff. It’s kind of like Marshmallow Fluff, you just can’t put it down. It’s one where there aren’t too many plot lines, and characters to keep up with. It is a fairytale sprinkled with faith!

These characters are Royals and Elites; they are not your typical Dick and Jane, but as I read through their enchanting story of love, regret, and forgiveness they seemed more down to earth than Royals and Elites are usually depicted.

How to Catch a Prince is the third and final book in The Royal Wedding Series by Rachel Hauck. I did something a little different with this series. I read this book before I read the second book in the series, Princess Ever After. Why would I do that? Let me tell you. I’m usually one to start reading a series of books with the first book and not stray out of order until I am finished with the series. This time I wanted to see if this was a book that would stand alone, or if it was dependent on the other books in the series. I am happy to report that How to Catch a Prince can stand alone. Now, with that said, I will be going back and reading Princess Ever After because I love this series, the characters, and Rachel Hauck!  Whether you start on the first book, Once Upon a Prince, or not is up to you, but if you like romantic fairytales then this book, as well as the others are for you!

Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a free ecopy of this title in exchange for my honest review.


Updates, Books, and Dreams

Last year at this time, I was planting these little beauties. I can't remember what they are called, but they were one of my favorites.


I have yet to plan my flowerbeds, garden, or even upcoming days because I have had my nose buried in books. 

It is finally raining here. Thank you, God!! And the only thing growing in my yard would be the weeds. I need to remedy that right away, but before I do that I have to finish a few books.

The kids came for a couple of days over their Spring Break! Yay!

McD and I took a little trip to Huntington Beach, California.

Celebrated Easter with Patch & Emma. Yay!! Emma almost didn't get an Easter gift because Pepper and Mia got to it before we were to see her. I was able to salvage a couple of things, but most everything was completely torn up! Thank goodness I didn't have chocolate in there.

The girls are getting a long rather well. We had Pepper spayed, and she is still young enough that it might help. She and Abby are playing a lot more these days, and although it sounds like they are fighting, they aren't.


Some of the books I have recently read, and reviewed are:

Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed

Daughter of Jerusalem

Once Upon a Prince

Property: The True Story of a Polygamous Church Wife

no lumps, thank you. a bra anthologie

Angels by My Side

Some of the books I have yet to read are:

Alter Ego

The Heiress of Winterwood

gods of war

God's Not Dead

Truly Devoted

The Duck Commander Family

So please stay tuned for more book reviews.


Lately I have been having some very strange dreams. One of the funniest ones that I think you will get a kick out of is the one where I got steaming mad at Marlboro Man. In the dream, Ree had asked if I wanted to write a cookbook full of our family recipes and stories. In the dream, I said yes and we were in the process of publishing when I found out that MM had sold my recipes to someone else.

Unbelievable! HA!

First of all, my family has a lot of recipes but I am sure that your family has the same ones. I have no need to publish any cookbook. Second, it was a dream. Third, MM just isn't that kind of guy! But I sure was mad at him in my dream. I love MM, and you must know that he is one of the most honest guys I know. And finally, it was a dream!!!

I can't even tell you some of the others, because I haven't been able to remember them. I just wake up knowing that I had a strange dream! Ever have those days?


Book Reviews

Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck – A Review

Once Upon a Prince
Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Book Description:

Once Upon a Prince, the
first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel
Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt
never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess—just
to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going
according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer
breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to
St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and
his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him.
When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s
Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s
a royal prince. She’s a ordinary girl. But everything changes when
Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.


Once Upon a Prince is an inspirational, christian, chick-lit novel. It may be 352 pages long, but seems much shorter. Thank goodness it will be a series, because I didn't want it to end.

This is a modern day fairy tale with believable characters, who are also lovable. The fairy tale is full of honest-to-goodness life issues, and a happily-ever-after.

I loved the inspirational points in this novel. This is the very first fiction book that I have read where I felt the need to put the book down, and pray the same prayer that Susanna prayed when she found herself at the point in her life where she is completely available for God.

Be sure to put this book on your wish list, it will be available May 7, 2013.

I received this ARC from Netgalley for my honest review.