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The Writing Desk

July 11, 2017
The Writing Desk Book Cover The Writing Desk
Rachel Hauck
Christian Fiction
July 11, 2017
Net Galley

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

Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling 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.

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About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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