Description of The Writing Desk
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.
My review of The Writing Desk
Wow! I loved this book! I think this might be Rachel Hauck’s best book yet!
I will admit that at first I wasn’t a fan of the two parallel stories in the beginning. By the third chapter I was eager to find out what was happening in both Birdie and Tenley’s lives and how the desk was going to connect them. Rachel Hauck has created not one but two characters I fell in love with.
Birdie is an heiress who lives in the early 1900’s. Her mother has very definite plans for Birdie’s future. Marry a well bred man from a good family and have several children. One day she will replace her mother as the matriarch of New York society. Birdie has very different plans for her future. She will only marry someone she loves, and her only aspiration is to write a novel and have it published. Unfortunately she finds the social prejudices of the time make that an impossibility. Women do write novels.
Tenley comes from a family of writers. She has followed in her father’s footsteps and written a bestselling novel. She is under contract to write another novel and her deadline is quickly approaching. She is paralyzed with fear that she won’t be able to write this second book. She has no clue what to write. Her estranged mother calls from Florida and asks Tenley to come help her while she undergoes treatments for cancer. Tenley leaves New York and travels to Florida, hoping the change of scenery will get her creative juices flowing again. Tenley gets more than she bargained for in Florida.
I loved the characters in this novel!
I ended up loving the way the story was told in two different time periods.
I loved Tenley’s spiritual journey. What a beautiful testament of God’s love.
If you like a good love story you’ll be thrilled with this book, it has not one but two love stories. I hope you choose to pick up a copy of this book when it becomes available July 11. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on reading this book. It is that good.
About the author
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.
Visit her at www.rachelhauck.com or www.facebook.com/rachelhauck
Description of The Perfect Stranger
In the masterful follow-up to the New York Times bestseller All the Missing Girls—“think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl” (TheSkimm)—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.
Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.
Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.
Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?
My Review of The Perfect Stranger
Having read All The Missing Girls I was eager to get a copy of The Perfect stranger.
I think Megan Miranda weaves a very complicated plot. It takes quiet a while to get all of the important characters introduced. Once that is accomplished the role each plays in the story is presented. The story starts in the present with Leah and Emmy finding each other after an eight year separation and becoming roommates again.
No one is what they originally appear to be, even our main character.
Leah is damaged. She is a lost soul in some ways. She is deeply ashamed of how things ended in Boston. She is very secretive with people about her life before becoming a teacher in a small Pennsylvania town. She keeps to herself until an injured girl is found down by the lake. The girl looks remarkably like Leah. The police think Leah could be the intended victim.
Emmy appears to be Leah’s one true friend, someone who knows her whole story. She is eager to reconnect with Leah and join her in the small rural town in Pennsylvania. The two seldom see each other, Emmy works nights and Leah works days. When Emmy disappears, Leah is thrown into yet another questionable investigation.
Detective Kyle Donovan is the lead investigator on the case. Can she trust him with her truth, or will the truth put her in more danger?
If you like a good mystery/thriller, this book fits the bill. Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed.
About the author
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger is her second novel of psychological suspense. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter, or visit MeganMiranda.com.
Description of Treasured Grace
Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.
Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in “Oregon Country,” she decides to stay rather than push on.
With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills–or her presence–and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.
My review of Treasured Grace
I love Tracie Peterson’s books. Thank you Bethany House for sending me a copy to review.
Treasured Grace is the first book in the Heart of the Frontier Series. It tells the tale of three sisters who are traveling to Oregon City to stay with their uncle. The trip west in 1848 is not for the faint of heart.
The timing for this book is right before the gold rush in California. Wagon trains are heading west to settle the Oregon Territory. There is choloera to deal with because of the unsanitary practices on the trail. Measles, which to us doesn’t seem like such a terrible disease since we have the vaccinations to prevent it, but to a wagon train of people in close quarters, it proves to be deadly. Then there are the Indians who are looking for any excuse to kill the white man who is stealing their land from them. A very volatile setting.
The things the characters do to survive in this environment is what makes the story.
This book is for historical fiction lovers or Christian fiction readers in particular. I thouroughly enjoyed this book and recommend you give it a try.
About the author
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.
Visit Tracie’s web site at: http://www.traciepeterson.com
Description of Rightfully Ours
Sixteen-year-old Paul Porter’s relocation to Pennsylvania is a temporary move during his dad’s deployment. Or so he and his brother think, until devastating news lands on their doorstep.
Paul’s new home with the Muellers provides solace, especially in the form of Rachel, his friend and confidante. Their abiding friendship deepens as they work side-by-side to uncover what could be lost treasure.
Will they acquire the strength of character and virtue to take only what rightfully belongs to them or are they in way over their heads, with more than a few lost artifacts at stake?
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My Review of Rightfully Ours
Do you have teenagers at home? This is the perfect book for them.
A coming-of-age story of first love, buried treasure, and discovering some things are worth the wait.
The teenage years can be difficult to navigate. There are so many changes taking place in their bodies, so many temptations from the world.
This would be an excellent book for a parent to read first, then have your teen read it. Great for the two of you to discuss afterward.
I taught junior high students at a Christian School here in Texas. I would have loved for there to have been more good books out there for them to read. Reading about how others their own age struggle with some of the same things they are struugling with would have been a blessing. It would let them know that they are not alone. This books shows that it is possible to remain pure until marriage. The journey won’t be without it’s pitfalls, but the reward is priceless.
This is Caroyln’s third novel, but her first Young Adult novel. I think she did an excellent job of writing a book teens would love. The book is available in kindle version right now. The print version will be out the week after Easter, but is available for pre-order now.
She has included a playlist that plays an important role in the story. I think teens would like to hear the songs that spoke to Paul during his times of trouble. Here is a link to the playlist and extras on her website http://www.carolynastfalk.com/category/extras/
If you pick up the book let me know what you thought of it. I’d love to hear your feedback.
About the Author
Carolyn Astfalk resides with her husband and four children in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where it smells like either chocolate or manure, depending on wind direction. She is the author of the inspirational romances Stay With Me and Ornamental Graces and the coming-of-age story Rightfully Ours. Carolyn is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild and Pennwriters and a CatholicMom.com contributor. Formerly, she served as the communications director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, the public affairs agency of Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops. True to her Pittsburgh roots, she still says “pop” instead of “soda,” although her beverage of choice is tea. You can find her online at www.carolynastfalk.com.
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Description of A Note Yet Unsung
From beloved USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander comes the final and much anticipated novel in the Sweeping Belmont Mansion Series
A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the new maestro at the Nashville Philharmonic. But women are “far too fragile and frail” for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed when the conductor–determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music–bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.
Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s youngest orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head, he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new symphony hall. Even more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music–his dying father. As Tate’s ailment worsens, he knows Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how can he win back her trust when he’s robbed her of her dream?
My review of A Note Yet Unsung
What a wonderful story! I fell in love with the charaters in this book. I was sad when the story ended knowing that this would be the last book in the series. I adore Adelicia Cheatham.
If you haven’t read the other books in this series, don’t worry about it. Each book is a stand alone book, but let me assure you, once you have read one of them, you will want to read the others. They are that good.
Tamera Alexander has a knack for finding an interesting histoircal place and using that as the setting for a novel. In this particular series it is the Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee. We get a glimpse into life in Nashville in the early 1870’s.
A Note Yet Unsung tells the story of Rebekah Carrington. Rebekah is a woman who posses an extraordinary musical gift, but do to the contrains of polite society at the time, is unable to perform her music in public.
Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is the talented orchestra conductor who is determined to complete a symphony he is writing as a tribute to his dying father. Nathaniel has a medical condition that is making it difficult for him to achieve his goal.
Rebekah becomes Tate’s assistant and agrees help him complete his symphony. Their journey is beautifully written.
If you are a history buff like I am you will thouroughly enjoy this wonderful novel. Pick up your copy today.
About the author
Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers in the historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels. For more about Tamera’s books, visit www.TameraAlexander.com